Vespa GTS300 is the most powerful scooter from the brand, equipped with a 300cc engine. It has been launched in the European market, after its debut in 2018 EICMA.
At the 2018 EICMA, Piaggio showcased the Vespa GTS300 HPE (High performance engine), which is more powerful than the regular GTS300. It has been finally launched in the European market.
Globally, there are much more powerful scooters. For example, the Suzuki Burgman series has engines ranging from 125cc to 650cc. A 650cc scooter is usually for long touring capabilities with more space than a bike.
The GTS300 HPE is the most powerful engine that a Vespa has ever received. It uses a 278cc single-cylinder High Performance engine, that delivers 23.8 BHP at 8250 RPM and 26 Nm of peak torque at 5250 RPM.
The HPE version gets a 12% increase in the power and 18% increase in the torque figures. The regular GTS300 is capable of delivering 22 BHP and 22.2 Nm of peak torque. The added figures are available because of new pistons and cylinder head designs.
The engine is paired with a CVT transmission. For safety purposes, it gets traction control, front and rear disc brake with a dual-channel ABS. These features are standard fitments.
Features onboard include a LED headlights, LED tail lights, Vespa MIA Bluetooth connectivity system, TFT colour display, incoming call and message alert and a USB charger.
For storage purposes, the GTS300 HPE gets enough space to fit two half-face helmets and a lockable glove box at the front. The seat gets anti-slip fabric covering as a premium feature.
In terms of design, it is the same old retro-styled Vespa. The iconic round headlamps, round mirrors, old-style scooter bodywork and the chrome elements are retained in this scooter.
Globally, Vespa GTS300 HPE is available in 5 variants – GTS, GTS Touring, GTS Super, GTS SuperSport and the GTS SuperTech.
As for the India launch, it is unlikely to make a debut here. Such a high capacity scooter would not be well received in the budget and mileage oriented market. In a near future, Vespa could consider bringing it to the Indian shores.