Back in 1951, in the mountains near Varese, Italy, a group of Vespas called Piaggio Squadra Corse (racing team), took nine gold medals in a gruelling competition called “Sei Giorni” or “Six Days”, beating dedicated off-road motorcycles in the process. To commemorate the event, and celebrate the pending 2017 edition of the Sei Giorni in September, Vespa has released the limited edition 2017 Vespa Sei Giorni.

Based on the current model 2017 Vespa GTS, the limited numbered edition Vespa Sei Giorni carries a 300 cc that produces a claimed 21 hp at 7,750 rpm and 22 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm. The liquid-cooled, single-cylinder power plant is Euro 4 compliant, and is fed by EFI.

Coming with ABS as standard, the Sei Giorni has design touches that hark back to the racing Vespas of the 50s and 60s. The headlamp is relocated, mounted low on the front mudguard, while a small flyscreen provides a little wind protection to the rider.

LEDs are used in the front turn signals and double as DRLs, while a USB charging port is found inside the front compartment. Fuel for the Sei Giorni is carried in a 8.5-litre tank, and Vespa claims the scooter will do a top speed of 118 km/h.

Coming only in Verde Matt (Matte Green), the Sei Giorni carries the racing number ‘6’ – for the six-day race – on the front cowl and rear flank, in keeping with the race-inspired style of this scooter. The seat is upholstered in a black leather material, and is designed to mimic a racing “hump” at the rear, like the racing scooters of classic times.

A full range of accessories from the official Vespa catalogue is available for the Sei Giorni, including 42-litre luggage, taller windscreen and front and rear luggage racks. No word from Vespa as to what the 2017 Vespa Sei Giorni might cost, but the current model Vespa GTS 300, which the Sei Giorni is based on, retails for approximately for RM36,000.