New Piaggio MP3 LT Considered Car

July 17, 2009
Ian Kerr
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Our man in Europe, Ian delivers a monthly dose of those tasty rumors and hearsay from across the pond that make up our Euro Gossip column.

On the new “bike” front, Piaggio have launched the MP3 LT, a machine with two banking wheels at the front and a single driven wheel at the rear. Nothing new really as such machines (including Piaggio’s prior MP3s) are becoming commonplace with several motorcycle/scooter manufacturers trying to woo people who do not like the instability of single-tracked vehicles and the risk of falling off.

Piaggio MP3 LT 400 Technical Specs
Piaggio MP3 LT 400
Piaggio MP3 LT 400

Engine: Piaggio MASTER single cylinder, 4 stroke
Displacement: 398.9cc
Bore x stroke: 85.8 x 69 mm
Power: 34 bhp at 7,500 rpm
Torque: 37.6 Nm at 5,500 rpm
Valve gear: Single overhead cam (SOHC), 4 valves
Fuel system: Electronic fuel injection
Cooling: Liquid cooling
Lubrication: Wet sump
Starting: Electric
Gearbox: CVT transmission with torque assistance
Clutch: Automatic dry centrifugal clutch
Frame: High strength tubular steel double cradle
Front suspension: Tilting parallelogram with four aluminium arms supporting two steering tubes. Cantilever stub axles on leading suspension linkages. Wheel travel: 85mm.
Rear suspension: Two double acting hydraulic shock absorbers with spring preload adjustment. Wheel travel: 110mm.
Front brake: Dual 240mm discs
Rear brake: 240mm disc
Front wheel: Aluminium alloy – 12″ x 3.00
Rear wheel: Aluminium alloy – 14″ x 4.50
Front tires: Tubeless 120/70-12″
Rear tire: Tubeless 140/70-14″
Wheelbase: 1,550mm (61 inch)
Seat height: 785mm (30.9 inch)
Fuel tank capacity: 3.2 gallons

Originally announced at the 2008 Intermot show in Cologne, what is new is that the 400cc MP3 LT is classed as a car thanks to the front wheels being moved 45mm further apart to give 465mm between them and has a footbrake fitted. This makes it a three-wheeled car as far as European legislation is concerned, so no crash helmet is needed.

Piaggio MP3 Hybrid
The concept surfaced two years ago  but now its a reality as Piaggio introduces its MP3 Hybrid scooter - a gas electric hybrid coming to the US in 2010.
Joining the MP3 LT 400 in Europe is the production MP3 Hybrid, which is also slated for US shores in 2010. Utilizing a gas/electric hybrid powertrain, the new MP3 Hybrid can be operated in electric-only mode and recharge via wall plug.

Read more about the Piaggio MP3 and Piaggio MP3 Hybrid at Motorcycle USA:

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