The popular Vespa GTS 300 Super FL has joined scooter brands such as Aprilia, BMW and Piaggio with hi-tech rider aids.
Vespa is one of the brands under the Piaggio umbrella, along with Aprilia, Scarabeo, Derbi, Gilera and Moto Guzzi. The Vespa GTS 300 Super FL benefits from that association with technologies such as ABS, traction control and enhanced sliding suspension (ESS).
The most powerful Vespa scooter is also now the safest.
The braking system uses ABS sensors to communicate with a two-channel hydraulic control unit and the ASR Traction Control senses rear-wheel slip under acceleration.
It also features ESS form the GTS250 which is claimed to reduce front shock absorber friction and increase road holding and rider comfort. The shock absorber is now fixed to the trailing arm with a hinged pin whereas it was previously bolted on rigidly. By increasing suspension slide, riding comfort is increased, as well as the ability to absorb bumps on the road giving the rider improved control.
The GTS scooter also has a new seat design and stylish covering while the speedo receives an integrated digital and analogue display upgrade for more accurate information. Lighting visibility is improved with daytime LEDs in the front indicators and a new rear taillight in a chrome surround.
It now has a USB port in the front glove compartment to charge your phone, GPS or music player and is compatible with the optional Vespa Multimedia Platform accessory which allows smart phones to be used as multifunction display tools.
Styling tweaks include five-spoke wheel rims with gloss black finish in a polished outer rim, a modern front horn cover and an embossed Vespa logo on the footboard central cover.
GTS 300 Super ABS scooter comes in a choice of four colours: Rosso Dragon (red) Monte Bianco (white) Nero Lucido (black) and Blue Gaiola.
VESPA GTS 300 SUPER ABS
Price: $8790 (+ORC)
Service intervals: 10,000km
Warranty: 2-year, unlimited km
Engine: 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 278cc single
Bore x stroke: 75/63 mm
Power: 15.8kW at 7500rpm
Torque: 22.3Nm at 5000rpm
Transmission: CVT with torque server
Suspension: Single-arm ESS (Enhanced Sliding Suspension) with coil spring and hydraulic shock absorber; Double hydraulic shock absorbers with adjustable preload with 4 settings