Italian scooter brand Lambretta returns to Australia soon with six models that undercut the prices of countryman Vespa.
They will come in 50cc, 125cc or 169cc models in V and V Special variants differentiated by the front guard.
Lambretta V has a conventional “flex” front guard that moves with the steering like most scooters.
V Special scooters come with the iconic “fixed” front guard introduced in 1957 on the 175 TV. Ever since, it has been a signature Lambretta design feature.
There are eight colour options across the range (although the supplied photo shows only seven).
Advantage in prices
Prices (plus on-road costs) are: V50 and V50 Special $3590, V125 and V125 Special $4290, and V200 and V200 Special $4990.
As expected prices are more than Asian scooters, but come with steel body and frame, LED lighting, USB port, Pirelli tyres and Italian design flair straight from the fashion centre of Milan.
However, prices do undercut their main competitor, Vespa, made by Piaggio in Pontedera.
The Vespa Primavera 50cc scooter is $4490, Primavera 125 iGET is $5790, Primavera 150 iGET $6590, PX150 is $6490 and the Sprint 150 iGET s $12,490.
Lambretta Australia brand manager Goetz Neugebauer says they will release the dealer network and official release date and launch their official website later this month.
- Real steel body and framework construction;
- Italian componentry and finish;
- Aluminium front grill, handlebar components and trim;
- Interchangeable panels for personalisation;
- Front and rear disc brakes (50cc has a rear drum brake);
- V125 & V125 Special features combined braking system;
- V200 & V200 Special comes with ABS;
- LED headlight, taillight with integrated and indicators;
- Combined digital/analogue dashboard display;
- Ample underseat storage;
- Glove box with USB port;
- Side stand and centre stand; and
- Pirelli Tyres.
The name Lambretta comes from Lambrate, the suburb of the Milan where it all began in the Innocenti factory. Lambretta the brand name came from a mythical water spirit that was associated with the local river, which runs next to the former factory.
Lambretta scooters were quickly adopted as an affordable mode of transport in post-war Italy, due to its low running costs.
In the early 1960s, the Lambretta Series 3 was embraced by young Mods, but as wealth increased, they switched to cars.
Innocenti to close its doors in 1972, but Lambretta scooters have continued under license in several countries and under different brand names.