Iconic Italian scooter brand Lambretta is planning a return to Australia by the end of this year with a range of new models.
Lambretta has just celebrated its 70th anniversary with an anniversary V-Special model and an revamped range, including an electric scooter.
International Sales Manager Michael Fulton has confirmed that the company will return to Australian showrooms.
“We will certainly be selling the new Lambretta models in Australia by the end of the year,” he says.
“I expect our distributor will be announced in July/August after which pricing can be given.”
The first new release is the V-Special, nicknamed Vendetta, which has a steel body, interchangeable side panels, aluminium garnish, a double-layer side panel and a 1.2 mm steel semi-monocoque architecture inspired by the aeronautic industry.
The “Vendetta” range comes in V50, V125 and V200. In 2018, they will introduce an electric version.
The V-Special may have a classic design, but was actually designed by KISKA, the Austrian design house which designs for KTM, Husqvarna and CFMoto.
The sides are covered with panels that customers can choose in different shapes and colours.
The revamped Lambretta GmBH company was last year set up by the massive KSR Group to distribute new models.
Apart from the V-Special, six new Lambretta models will be launched during the first quarter of 2018.
They are expected to include the re-introduction of the classic GP 200 and SX 200 in Euro 4 as well as electric versions of these models.
Attack on copycats
Lambretta mother company Innocenti SA, of Lugano, has announced it will take a strict stance on all copycats and their distributors “avoiding free riding on the repute of Lambretta”.
The scooter company says the global market is flooded with replicas of classic Lambrettas from China, India and Thailand.