The Quarantasei has a wasp-like tail, louvered bodywork and an innovative floating seat. The front is equally sporty.
For its latest endeavor, Vespa blends the best of two worlds, the timeless styling of its 1945 MP6 scooter prototype with the modern performance of a fuel-injected, four-stroke engine in the creation of its latest concept, the Vespa Quarantasei. The scooter’s name pays homage to the year Vespa first began producing scooters, 1946, and snippets of the MP6 can be seen in the new Quarantasei’s bodywork and suspended seat.
While its roots are vintage, Vespa developed a modern three-valve, four-stroke engine for the Quarantasei. Vespa’s parent company Piaggio says the three-valve timing “optimizes the load motion in the cylinder and the positioning of the spark plug, increasing combustion and helping keep components cool.” It comes in two sizes, a 125cc and 150cc version. The 125cc engine is claimed to put out 11.6 hp and 7.6 lb-ft of torque while the 150 is said to muster 13 hp at 8000 rpm and 9.3 lb-ft of torque at 6500 rpm. It is fed electronically while a three-way catalytic converter in the small pipe slung indiscreetly down the right side helps it meet Euro 3 standards.
Remnants of the original MP6 prototype can be seen in the ventilation louvers formed in the bodywork encasing the engine and in the bend of the front shield and the way it integrates directly into the footboard. The Quarantasei has a “wasp” like tail and an innovative “floating seat.” It also has traditional trailing-link front suspension. In contrast to the original, the new 46 relocates the headlight from the front fender to between the bars and its rear LED sits flush with the rear bodywork. The speedo and odometer readout has been incorporated into the top of the headlight and its bars are much cleaner with internally wired throttle and brake cables.
The best news, Vespa fans? The EICMA press release states the Vespa Quarantasei will be in production before the end of 2012, so start saving now!