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Most will look at scooters as basic urban transport, designed to be thrashed about on the daily commute. Oh, and it’s usually cheap too. Right up to the point you lay eyes on the 2016 Vespa Emporio Armani (EA) Edition – now in Malaysia – with its eye-watering price tag of RM68,551.

Carrying a 155 cc air-cooled engine, the Vespa 946 EA comes with a SOHC pushing on three-valves. The four-stroke single-cylinder drives a CVT ‘box with dry centrifugal clutch and belt final drive.

Braking is with discs front and rear, and the Vespa 946 comes with two-channel ABS with anti-slip regulation (ASR). Suspension is a single-arm in front with coil spring and dual-action hydraulic absorber, while a single shock absorber props up the rear with adjustable pre-load.

Fuel is carried in an 8.5-litre tank, and consumption is claimed to be 2.0 litres per 100 km. Weight is claimed to be 147 kg.

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A single leather-covered seat is the key feature of the 2016 Vespa 946 EA, with leather wrapped grip on the handlebars and a parcel grid on the rear-end. The entire scooter comes covered in a shade of matte black, with an LCD instrument panel.

For Malaysia, 12 units were brought in out of a limited production run of 100 units worldwide, and all have been spoken for. So, what do you think? Is RM68,551 way to much to pay for a scooter with a brand-name on it? Leave a comment below with your thoughts and opinions.