First Look: 2010 Vespa LXV 125 ie scooter
The Retro Styled Vespa LXV gains electronic fuel injection for 2010
Vespa LXV 125, the smallest model in the “vintage” family, gains a sophisticated new electronic fuel injection system. Cleaner running engines offering lower fuel consumption, smoother power delivery and enhanced riding pleasure. Vespa reconfirms the technological supremacy which lies at the core of its timeless success – also in the case of the version inspired by the classic style of the 1960s.
Never before have innovation and retro flair come together so harmoniously as they do on the Vespa LXV to create an object with unique looks and state of the art technology.
Created in 2006 alongside its bigger sibling, the GTV 250, to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the Vespa, the Vespa LXV 125 revives classic 1960s design cues in its form and function.
Vespa LXV was created as a tribute to the Vespas of the 1960s: a legendary decade that spawned far reaching social and cultural changes that shaped the world in which we live today, and a decade that saw young people assume an important new role in society, with the Vespa symbolising a new personal mobility and, as a consequence, freedom.
The unmistakable style and commercial success of the Vespa LXV have made it one of the most important models ever in the history of Vespa, a global brand that has always striven to constantly improve the technology of its products.
In keeping with the ongoing pursuit of excellence, the Vespa LXV has now abandoned the carburettor in favour of a new, high tech electronic fuel injection system.
With the introduction of electronic fuel injection, the robust and reliable 125 cc, 4 stroke, two-valve air-cooled engine – which already meets the latest emissions standards and offers proverbial fuel efficiency – gains even better performance: both power and torque are up, and are now available at lower engine speeds.
With the electronic injection system ensuring that the air/fuel mixture in the combustion chamber is optimised at all times, the single cylinder unit now picks up more smoothly and progressively from lower engine speeds. The most noticeable result for the rider is smoother power delivery in the relentless stop-start conditions typical of urban riding.
On top of all this, the use of fuel injection also reduces fuel consumption and emissions. Vespa LXV further strengthens its image as the definitive urban scooter by improving its environmental credentials.
The new electronically fuel injected version of the 125 cc engine powering the Vespa LXV was designed, developed and industrialised entirely at Pontedera, the headquarters of the Piaggio Group and one of the world’s most important engine research centres. The Piaggio Group is committed to offering today’s increasingly well-informed and discerning user products that not only deliver performance, reliability and safety, but also offer the peace of mind of using a vehicle that respects the environment.
The Vespa LXV 125 ie is already available in elegant Portofino Green.
2010 VESPA LXV 125 ie Technical Specifications
|Engine||4 stroke single cylinder with electronic injection|
|Bore x stroke||57/48.6 mm|
|Engine capacity||124 cc|
|Max power at driveshaft||7.9 kW (10.7 hp) at 8,250 rpm|
|Max torque||9.6 Nm at 6,500 rpm|
|Timing System||SOHC (single overhead cam), two valves per cylinder|
|Cooling system||Forced air|
|Clutch||Automatic dry centrifugal clutch with vibration dampers|
|Transmission||Twist-and-go CVT with torque server|
|Load bearing structure||Sheet steel body with welded reinforcements|
|Front suspension||Single sided link arm with coil spring and dual action monoshock|
|Rear suspension||Coil spring with adjustable preload and dual action hydraulic shock absorber|
|Front wheel rim||Die-cast aluminium alloy 2.50×11”|
|Rear wheel rim||Die-cast aluminium alloy 3.00×10”|
|Front tyre||Tubeless 110/70-11”|
|Rear tyre||Tubeless 120/70-10”|
|Front brake||Hydraulically operated 200 mm ø stainless steel disc|
|Rear brake||Mechanically operated 110 mm ø drum|
|Seat height||785 mm|
|Fuel tank capacity||8.2 litres|
|Emissions (exhaust, noise)||Euro 3|