Adding to the roster of step-through scooters in Malaysia is the 2018 Benelli VZ125i, priced at RM5,288 for the base model and RM5,888 for the VZ125i SE. Malaysia is the first country to see the launch of the VZ125i and this urban scooter will hit authorised Benelli dealer showrooms in December of this year.

The VZ125i is powered by a single-cylinder, four-stroke, SOHC, air-cooled engine displacing 124 cc, fed by fuel injection. This Euro 3 certified power plant gets power to the ground via CVT transmission and produces a claimed 8.4 hp at 7,500 rpm and 9.0 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm.

Drawing attention on the VZ125i is LED lighting all round, with LED DRLs, head lights, indicators and rear lights. Adding an up-market touch to the VZ125i is a monoshock by Kayaba.

Modern conveniences on the VZ125i include USB charging and under seat stowage that accommodates one helmet. Two storage cubbies can be found in the dashboard and the fuel tank holds 4.9 litres.

Braking is done with a 220 mm diameter brake disc in front, clamped by a two-piston calliper while the rear wheel is stopped with a drum brake. Rolling on 14-inch wheels, the VZ125i is shod with 70/90 rubber in front and 80/90 in the back.

The base model of the 2018 Benelli VZ125i comes in two colours, blue or red, while the VZ125i can be had in matte black with aluminium alloy brake levers and floor boards as well as the earlier mentioned Kayaba monoshock. All prices for the VZ125i above exclude road tax, insurance and registration.