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How fast does a Vespa go?

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A Vespa now comes in many shapes, colors and designs. However, the models can be easily classified into different speed classes. From 40 km/h to 120 km/h, everything is there, here are the most popular and best-known models listed with their data. A summarizing table can be found at the end of the article.

Vespa models and their speed classes

Everything has its beginning – Vespa 50cc Speed and Power

Vespa 50 N & Vespa 50 L (V5A1T)
These two models are technically very similar with only a few differences in design, the L has a double acting hydraulic shock absorber on the front wheel. Both engines have a displacement of 49.8 cc and a power of 1.5 hp at 4500 rpm. The top speed is 40 km/h and is therefore very popular with young people and novice riders.

Vespa 50 ET2 (ZAPC 16)
The new 50 ET2 comes in two versions, one with carburetor, the other with fuel injection. However, both have the same engine with a displacement of 49.3 cc and a power of 4.5 hp at 6500 rpm. Nevertheless, the top speed is still 40 km/h as usual.

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Vespa 50 ET2

Vespa 50 S (V5SA1T)
This model was intended only for export and has a bench seat for two people. Again, it has a displacement of 49.8 cc, but a power of 2.5 hp at 5800 rpm. This allows it to reach a top speed of 60 km/h. Especially in Germany, the 50 S was a great success.

Vespa 50 Super Sprint (V5SS1T)
This Vespa is also made for the export market and has two seats. The engine has a displacement of 49.8 cc and a power of 3.7 hp at 7000 rpm. Here the Vespa makes it to a top speed of 70 km/h and is still a special rarity today.

Vespa 50 PK – PK/S (V5X1T – V5X2T)
The PK is the basic model, the PK/S the luxury version with turn signals and luggage rack behind the bulkhead. Both are technically equipped in the same way with a displacement of 49.79 cc and a power of 1.5 hp at 4500 rpm. The maximum speed is 40 km/h.

Vespa 50 PK N (V5X5T)
This new version has important innovations: Starter button on the handlebar, better operable switches, seat with non-slip cover and electric starter. The engine has a displacement of 49.8 cc and a new power of 2.2 hp at 5000 rpm. The speed remains at 40 km/h.

Vespa 50 R (V5A1T)
The R version of the 50 is the most economical model in the range. With a displacement of 49.7 cc and a power of only 1.5 hp at 4500 rpm, the scooter runs a top speed of 40 km/h. This Rolelr was at the top of the wish list of young people at the time.

Vespa 50 Elestart (V5A3T + V5B2T)
Although the kickstarter was easy to use on the 50, Piaggio launched a version with electric starter. The engine remained the same with a displacement of 49.7 cc, a power of 1.5 hp at 4500 rpm and a top speed of 40 km/h. The Ele was far ahead of its time with the electric starter, but this model found mainly female customers.

Vespa 50 ET4 (ZAPC 384)
To meet the increasingly stringent emission standards, Piaggio presents this four-stroke 50cc machine. The engine has a displacement of 49.9 cc, although the power is not known exactly official. The top speed remains steady at 40 km/h.

Vespa 50 LX 2T (ZAPC 3810)
The LX is a further development of the ET, especially in terms of appearance. The two-stroke engine has a displacement of 49.4 cc, again the power is not officially noted. The speed is 40 km/h as usual.

Vespa 50 LXV (ZAPC 38300)
On the basis of the smallest LX model, this variant is created, which stylistically intentionally follows the look of the sixties. The engine is the same with a displacement of 49.4 cc and a top speed of 40 km/h.

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The Piaggio company of course always moves with the times and there is no getting around an electric drive these days. The engine has a power of 3.5 kW (4.8 hp) at 5500 rpm and a peak power of 4 kW. This gives the electric scooter a top speed of 40 km/h.

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Vespa Elettrica

Vespa 50 Primavera
The Primavera represents a huge leap forward in terms of features and quality. The engine has a displacement of 49.9 cc and a power of 4.4 hp at 6500 rpm. It manages to reach a top speed of 40 km/h with much lower consumption than its predecessors.

Vespa 50 Sprint
As an adequate alternative to the Primavera 50, the Sprint is intended for those who want to look a little more sophisticated and are looking for even better road holding. The engine is no different with a displacement of 49.9 cc, a power of 4.4 hp at 6500 rpm and a top speed of 40 km/h. However, the wheels have been changed to 12 inches, which provides much more safety.

Vespa 90cc Speed and Power

Vespa 90 (V9A1T)
The 90 is externally practically identical to the 50 and differs only in the engine. The displacement is 88.5 cc and it has a power of 7.2 hp at 5250 rpm. This gives the Vespa 90 a top speed of 80 km/h.

Vespa 90 Super Sprint (V9SS1T)
The body is built extra narrow to look sportier and also reduce drag. The model has a displacement of 88.5 cc and a power of 6 hp at 6000 rpm. However, with a top speed of 93 km/h, the promise of the name is not quite fulfilled.

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Vespa 90 Super Sprint

Vespa 100cc Speed and Power

Vespa 98
The 98 is the most important of all Vespa models, as it was the first Vespa to go on sale in 1946. As the name suggests, it has a displacement of 98 cc and a power of 3.3 hp at 4500 rpm. With this machine you can make it to 60 km / h and drive along the country road relaxed.

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Vespa 98

Vespa 125ccm Speed and Power

Vespa 125 (V30T + V33T)
The Vespa 125 continues to improve and is launched in early 1951 in a new variant, on the gearshift of which a fundamental innovation is introduced: Bowden cable arrangement. The new model also has a displacement of 124.79 cc, but a power of 4.5 hp at 4500 rpm. However, this does not change the top speed of 70 km/h.

Vespa 125 Sport
For the sport version, not only the design, but also the technology was changed quite a bit. With a displacement of 124.2 cc, it has a whopping 7 hp at 6750 rpm. With this, it makes it to a top speed of 95 km/h.

Vespa 125 (V1T)
While the Vespa 98 sold only modestly, the 1948 Vespa 125 actually triggered the later Vespa boom. Its engine has a displacement of 124.79 cc and an output of 4 hp at 4500 rpm. This gives it a top speed of 70 km/h.

Vespa 125 (VNA1T + VNA2T)
The 125 of the new vintage has the headlight characteristically positioned on the handlebars. The engine now has a displacement of 123.7 cc with a power of 4.5 hp at 5000 rpm. This makes the new edition of the classic to a top speed of 75 km / h.

Vespa 125 Primavera (VMA2T)
The Primavera was and is a huge success. Its powerful engine with a displacement of 121.2 cc has a power of 5.6 hp at 5000 rpm. With a top speed of 88 km/h, its high performance and successful lines made it a real dream for many sixteen year olds.

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Vespa 125 Primavera

Vespa 125 Super (VNC1T)
This economy version is the last Vespa with the small 8-inch wheels. The displacement is 123.4 cc and the power is 7.4 hp at 5000 rpm. The Super model has a top speed of 85 km/h.

Vespa 125 GT (VNL2T)
The 125 GT has a slightly better performance as a result of a higher compression ratio. The engine has a displacement of 123 cc and a power of 6.27 hp at 4500 rpm. As a result, it is slightly faster and has a top speed of 88 km/h, which has led to its widespread use among youthful clientele.

Vespa 125 Primavera ET3 (VMB1T)
The ET3 is a sporty modification of the Primavera, ET3 stands for “Elettronica Travasi 3”. The displacement is 121.1 cc and the power for it is 6 hp at 5500 rpm. The new top speed is 90 km/h and therefore at least a little sportier on the road.

Vespa 125 Sei Giorni
The Sei Giorni is one of the most important and interesting Vespa versions and a popular collector’s item. With its displacement of 124.2 cc and a power of 7 hp at 6750 rpm, it too has a top speed of 95 km/h. There are only 300 of the competition Vespa and is therefore very sought after.

Vespa 125 PK – PK/S (VMX1T – VMX5T)
The PK 125 has the difficult task to follow in the footsteps of the 125 Primavera – Unfortunately not very successful. The displacement is 121.1 cc and the power is 6.8 hp at 5600 rpm, resulting in a top speed of 90 km/h.

Vespa 125 PX (VNX1T)
The PX range becomes a complete success and remains in the range in different versions from its launch at the end of 1977 to the present day. The engine has a displacement of 123.4 cc and a power of 8 hp at 5600 rpm. It has a top speed of 95 km/h and implements many wishes of the buyers in terms of technology.

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Vespa 125 PX

Vespa 125 PX-T5 (VNX5T)
The T5 is the sport model of the 125 PX; the abbreviation “T5” stands for “5 Travasi”, i.e. “5 overcurrent channels”. The engine has modified dimensions for bore and stroke and is designed with a shorter stroke. The displacement is 123.4 cc, but instead has a power output of 11 hp at 6700 rpm. This gives the model a top speed of 108 km/h.

Vespa 125 Cosa (VNR1T)
Towards the end of the eighties, Piaggio decides to modernize the line of the PX with a much more angular shape. The engine got a little more power with a displacement of 123.4 cc and a power of 8.3 hp at 6000 rpm. The 125 Cosa has a top speed of 90 km/h.

Vespa 125 ET4 (ZAPM 1900)
A big hurdle was to successfully celebrate the crossing into the 21st century with a new model. The new four-stroke engine manages this quite successfully with a displacement of 124.2 cc and a power of 12 hp at 7750 rpm. With a top speed of 97 km/h, this model is another success of the company.

Vespa 125 GTL / GTV (ZAPM 311)
With the new Granturismo there is, in addition to the models of the LX series with small body, again a Vespa with large body. In both models, the engine has a displacement of 124 cc and a power of 15 hp at 10,000 rpm. With a top speed of 102 km/h, it can absolutely hold its own in the market.

Vespa 125 LX / LXV (ZAPM 441)
The two models differ only in design and otherwise have the same technical specifications. The engine has a displacement of 124 cc and a power of 10.3 hp at 8000 rpm, which gives a top speed of 97 km/h.

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Vespa 125 LXV

Vespa 125 LX FL ie
Launched in 2005, the LX range is aimed at a wide range of customers who appreciate the successful compromise between performance and attractive design. The engine has a displacement of 124 cc and a power output of 10.7 hp at 8250 rpm. The models reach a top speed of 92 km/h.

Vespa 125 S (ZAPM 441)
The S series adopted the mechanical characteristics of the LX, but greatly revised the design. Its engine remains with a displacement of 124 cc and a power of 10.3 hp at 8000/min. Its top speed is 92 km/h and it also impresses with its typical slim design.

Vespa 125 Primavera / Touring
The memories of the 70s are awakened and brought to a new level with a new elegant design and effective technology. The engine has a displacement of 124.5 cc and a power of 8 hp at 7700 rpm. The top speed is 100 km/h, meeting all expectations.

Vespa 946
With this Vespa, a big step was taken in terms of design, for a very high price. The engine of this noble piece has a displacement of 124.5 cc and a power of 10.9 hp at 7700 rpm. The top speed is 100 km/h and thus has quite a bit of power for such a fashion-conscious design.

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Vespa 946 RED

Vespa 125 GTS / Super Sport
The Granturismo series was introduced in 2003 and represented a radical revision of the “large frame” model generation. The engine of this model has a displacement 124 cc and a power of 15 hp at 9750 rpm. With this it manages to reach a top speed of 103 km/h and also puts into practice the sporty design.

Vespa 125 PX
In response to the persistent demands of Verspa traditionalists, production of the timeless PX model resumed after a three-year hiatus. The engine of the classic has a displacement of 123.4 cc, a power of 6.5 hp at 6000 rpm and brings a top speed of 90 km/h on the track.

Vespa 125 GTS
The latest innovations give the Vespa GTS a new level of control and handiness. The engine of the current hit has a displacement of 125 cc and produces 14 hp at 8750 rpm. The top speed is 98 km/h.

Vespa 150cc Speed and Power

Vespa 150 (VL1T + VL2T + VL3T)
Piaggio introduces this model with increased top speed mainly to allow the Vespa to enter the Autostrada at that time. The displacement is 145.6 cc and the power counts 5.5 hp at 5000 rpm. The desired top speed of 80 km/h could thus be achieved.

Vespa 150 PX
The 150 also continued to have high demand and so it saw a resurgence with a Euro 3 compliant engine. The engine has a displacement of 149 cc and a power of 7.9 hp at 6000 rpm. With a top speed of 95 km/h, it allows the classic to return to the roads revitalized.

Vespa 150 GS (VS1T)
Some aesthetic and technical changes were made for the GS, which make it very interesting for collectors. The Vespa has a displacement of 145.6 cc and a power of 8 hp at 7500 rpm. With a top speed of 100 km/h, it is the first Vespa with a four-speed gearbox.

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Vespa 150 GS

Vespa 150 GL (VLA1T)
The 150 Gran Lusso is aimed at a particularly demanding clientele with a lot of chrome jewelry. The displacement is 145.5 cc and the model has a power of 6 hp at 5000 rpm. The top speed of 90 km/h has made it a very attractive offer for professionals at the time.

Vespa 150 Sprint (VLB1T + VLB2T)
This beautiful 150 replaced the GL and is characterized by quite fast performance. The engine also has a displacement of 145.5 cc, but a power of 7.7 hp at 5000 rpm. With this, the 150 Sprint makes it to a top speed of 95 km/h.

Vespa 150 PX (VLX1T)
This model is the most balanced of the range, its engine is more powerful and elastic than that of the 125, with a displacement of 149.56 cc and a power of 8.8 hp at 5600 rpm. With its top speed of 100 km/h, it becomes a complete success.

Vespa 150 Cosa (VLR1T)
Visually, the Cosa series is kept the same and therefore does not achieve the desired sales figures. The displacement is 149 cc and the power is 9 hp at 6000 rpm. The top speed is 92 km/h, just above the sister model.

Vespa 150 ET4 (ZAPM 1900)
Despite the classic displacement, the engine of this model is a real new development: it uses an engine of the LEADER family (Low Emission Advanced Engine Range). The values are nothing special with a displacement of 149.5 cc and a power of 12.5 hp at 7500 rpm. The top speed is 97 km/h, only here much less emissions are put into the environment.

Vespa 150 S / ie
The technical specifications have been taken from the LX series and given a chic design. The engine has a displacement of 151 cc and a power of 12.1 hp at 8000 rpm. The top speed is 96 km/h, making it a chic runabout.

Vespa 160cc Speed and Power

Vespa 160 GS (VSB1T)
The 160 GS is the successor of the 150 GS and is characterized by more modern and slender lines. The engine has a displacement of 158.5 cc and a power of 8.2 hp at 6500 rpm. However, even the top speed of 100 km/h could not make it a sales hit.

Vespa 180cc Speed and Power

Vespa 180 Super Sport (VSC1T)
As the successor to the rather unloved 160 GS, Piaggio presented the 180 SS with better performance. With a displacement of 181.1 cc, the engine manages to produce 10 hp at 6250 rpm. This gives it a top speed of 105 km/h and makes it the fastest scooter of its time.

Vespa 180 Rally (VSD1T)
The Rally replaces the 180 Super Sport in the model range after 4 years and undergoes improvements to the engine and bodywork. The displacement is 180.7 cc and the engine has a power of 10 hp at 5700 rpm. The top speed remains 105 km/h.

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Vespa 180 Rally

Vespa 200cc Speed and Power

Vespa 200 Rally (VSE1T)
This model is the Vesoa with the largest displacement to date and represents a further development of the 180 Rally, but receives an electronic ignition. The outstanding engine has a displacement of 197.97 cc and a powerful output of 12.5 hp at 5700 rpm. With a top speed of 116 km/h, the model is heavily advertised in the brochure.

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Vespa 200 PE / PX (VSX1T)
Except for the displacement, this model is the same as its PX sisters 125 & 150. The differences are minor and are limited to standard electronic ignition and spare wheel. Displacement is 197.97 cc and power is 12 hp at 5600 rpm. Thus, the model manages a top speed of 110 km / h.

Vespa 200 Cosa (VSR1T)
Despite its impeccable engineering, it too does not find much approval in the market. Its top engine has a displacement of 198 cc and a power of 11 hp at 6000 rpm. Even the top speed of 100 km/h can no longer convince customers to buy it.

Vespa 200 GTL (ZAPM 312)
The 200 version of the Granturismo has a much better performance than the 125. With a displacement of 198 cc and a power of 21 hp at 8500 rpm, the Vespa was the most powerful ever. Acceleration is excellent and the top speed of 120 km/h is also absolutely convincing.

Vespa 250 cc Speed and Power

Vespa 250 GTS ie / GTV (ZAPM 451)
The engine of this Vespa is completely new and belongs to the Quasar family with four valves and water cooling. The displacement is 244 cc and it manages a power of 22 hp at 8250 rpm. The top speed of 122 km/h also surpasses its GTL predecessor and knocks it out of first place.

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Vespa 250 GTS

Vespa 300cc Speed and Power

Vespa 300 GTS
Never in the history of Vespa there was a model in this displacement class, now there are unprecedented performance values, which provides great fun both in the city and on the highway. The monster has a displacement of 278 cc and a power of 23.8 hp at 8250 rpm. This takes it to a new level with a top speed of 125 km/h.

Vespa 300 GTV
For the very fast driving fun Vespa has now a completely new runabout at the start with a single-cylinder HPE engine (High Performance Engine). This has a displacement of 278 cc and a powerful output of 23.8 hp at 8250 rpm. This makes it a whopping 120 km/h and makes it the most powerful Vespa currently on the market.

For long driving pleasure

Like all vehicles, the Vespa needs a little love and affection now and then, so that the crate runs as long and as well as possible. It is better to take precautions and care for it instead of expensive repairs afterwards. A trip to the workshop for inspection never hurts and also for home care there are some articles for care and maintenance for Vespa and scooter.

And should the desire for individualization exist, there are also many possibilities to perform tuning for all models. What legal aspects must be considered can be read in our article “Vespa tuning – what is possible and what is legal?

Overview of Vespa Models and technical data

Vespa ModellHubraumLeistungHöchstgeschwindigkeit
V 9898 cm33,3 HP bei 4500/min60 km/h
V 125 (V1T)124,79 cm34 HP bei 4500/min70 km/h
V 125 (V30T + V33T)124,79 cm34,5 HP bei 4500/min70 km/h
V 125 Sport124,2 cm37 HP bei 6750/min95 km/h
V 125 Sei Giorni124,2 cm37 HP bei 6750/min95 km/h
V 150 (VL1T – VL3T)145,6 cm35,5 HP bei 5000/min80 km/h
V 150 GS (VS1T)145,6 cm38 HP bei 7500/min100 km/h
V 50 N (V5A1T)49,8 cm31,5 HP bei 4500/min40 km/h
V 50 L (V5A1T)49,8 cm31,5 HP bei 4500/min40 km/h
V 50 S (V5SA1T)49,8 cm32,5 HP bei 5800/min60 km/h
V 50 SS (V5SS1T)49,8 cm33,7 HP bei 7000/min70 km/h
V 90 (V9A1T)88,5 cm37,2 HP bei 5250/min80 km/h
V 90 SS (V9SS1T)88,5 cm36 HP bei 6000/min93 km/h
V 125 (VNA1T + VNA2T)123,7 cm34,5 HP bei 5000/min75 km/h
V 125 Super (VNC1T)123,4 cm37,4 HP bei 5000/min85 km/h
V 125 GT (VNL2T)123 cm36,27 HP bei 4500/min88 km/h
V 150 GL (VLA1T)145,5 cm36 HP bei 5000/min90 km/h
V 150 Sprint (VLB1T + VLB2T)145,5 cm37,7 HP bei 5000/min95 km/h
V 160 GS (VSB1T)158,5 cm38,2 HP bei 6500/min100 km/h
V 180 Super Sport (VSC1T)181,1 cm310 HP bei 6250/min105 km/h
V 180 Rally (VSD1T)180,7 cm310 HP bei 5700/min105 km/h
V 50 R (V5A1T)49,8 cm31,5 HP bei 4500/min40 km/h
V 50 Elestart (V5A3T + V5B2T)49,8 cm31,5 HP bei 4500/min40 km/h
V 125 Primavera (VMA2T)121,2 cm35,6 HP bei 5000/min88 km/h
V 125 Primavera ET3 (VMB1T)121,1 cm36 HP bei 5500/min90 km/h
V 200 Rally197,97 cm312,5 HP bei 5700/min116 km/h
V 50 PK – PK/S (V5X1T – V5X2T)49,79 cm31,5 HP bei 4500/min40 km/h
V 125 PK – PK/S (VMX1T – VMX5T)121,1 cm36,8 HP bei 5600/min90 km/h
V 125 PX (VNX1T)123,4 cm38 HP bei 5600/min95 km/h
V 125 PX-T5123,4 cm311 HP bei 6700/min108 km/h
V 150 PX149,56 cm38,8 HP bei 5600/min100 km/h
V 200 PE / PX (VSX1T)197,97 cm312 HP bei 5600/min110 km/h
V 50 PK N (V5X5T)49,8 cm32,2 HP bei 5000/min40 km/h
V 125 Cosa (VNR1T)123,4 cm38,3 HP bei 6000/min90 km/h
V 150 Cosa (VLR1T)149 cm39 HPbei 6000/min92 km/h
V 200 Cosa (VSR1T)198 cm311 HP bei 6000/min100 km/h
V 50 ET2 (ZAPC16)49,3 cm34,5 HP bei 6500/min40 km/h
V 50 ET4 (ZAPC 384)49,9 cm340 km/h
V 50 LX 2T (ZAPC 3810)49,4 cm340 km/h
V 50 LXV (ZAPC 38300)49,4 cm340 km/h
V 125 ET4 (ZAPM 1900)124,2 cm312 HP bei 7750/min97 km/h
V 125 LX / LXV (ZAPM 441)124 cm310,3 HP bei 8000/min97 km/h
V 150 ET4 (ZAPM 1900)149,5 cm312,5 HP bei 7500/min97 km/h
V 125 GTL / GTV (ZAPM 311)124 cm315 HP bei 10.000/min102 km/h
V 200 GTL (ZAPM 312)198 cm321 HP bei 8500/min120 km/h
V 250 GTS ie / GTV (ZAPM 451)244 cm322 HP bei 8250/min122 km/h
V 50 Primavera 49,9 cm34,4 HP bei 6500/min40 km/h
V 50 Sprint49,9 cm34,4 HP bei 6500/min40 km/h
V 125 LX FL ie124 cm310,7 HP bei 8250/min92 km/h
V 125 S (ZAPM 441)124 cm310,3 HP bei 8000/min92 km/h
V 125 Primavera / Touring124,5 cm38 HP bei 7700/min100 km/h
V 150 S / ie151 cm312,1 HP bei 8000/min96 km/h
V 946 124,5 cm310,9 HP bei 7700/min100 km/h
V 125 GTS124 cm315 HP bei 9750/min103 km/h
V 300 GTS278 cm321,5 HP bei 7500/min125 km/h
V 125 PX123,4 cm36,5 HP bei 6000/min90 km/h
V 150 PX149 cm37,9 HP bei 6000/min95 km/h
V 125 GTS125 cm314 HP bei 8750/min98 km/h
V 300 GTS278 cm323,8 HP bei 8250/min125 km/h
V Elettrica 454,8 HP bei 5500/min40 km/h
V 300 GTV278 cm323,8 HP bei 8250/min120 km/h

Good to know

Which Vespa is the strongest?

Currently, the Vespa 300 GTV is the most powerful on the market and sets quite a high level of driving fun with 278cc displacement and 23.8hp power. This requires a motorcycle license, it can not be driven with the simple car license.

How can you make a Vespa go faster?

A Vespa can be throttled relatively easily and may also be tuned within the scope of the law. However, special approvals are often necessary for this, which must first be agreed with the TÜV.

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  1. Here’s hoping you can help. I’m trying to find the standard factory acceleration time of a 2019 vespa piaggio 50 cc . ideally 0-30 mph. Google just kept me going in circles. Cheers, Tony

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