More GTS 300 Super photos in the 2sb Gallery. (Photos courtesy of Piaggio)
We’d long heard the rumors a 300cc Vespa GTS was on the way. That was big news in itself, 300cc is the biggest displacement ever offered by Vespa since its inception in 1946. At first glance, the body looks “retro-fied” like the recent LX-Special, but on closer inspection, the only differences appear to be a new (and arguably less retro) “horncast” (what was a light on the GTS is now an “air intake”), a slimmer taillight, grey beaded trim on the seat, and GS-style louvers in the left cowl. The louvers and grey trim alone go a long way toward emulating a vintage Vespa and making the bike stand out from the “run of the mill” 250cc version.
Other, more subtle changes include a red spring on the front shock, two-tone alloy wheels, and a black headlight rim. Like the LX-S, two seats will be available, a sportier single seat and a “touring” seat for two. The bike is available in a wide range of colors which we will list here:
The 278cc (is that really 300cc, now?) liquid-cooled, electronically-injected engine promises nearly 11% more torque at 76% the rpm (11.3Nm @ 5000rpm) compared to the GTS 250.
So that’s it, gang: A bigger and better engine and louvers. Not bad, though (Unlike the LX-S) the “Super” name has little historical relevance, the original “Super” model (1966) featured a new, more angular frame with basically the same 125 and 150cc engines as the earlier basic VLB/VBB models. This is more a GS 160 to the GTS250’s GS150, if that makes any sense.
No word on price or U.S. availability, neither of which is a concern for Piaggio or the majority of their customers, ha.
More GTS 300 Super photos in the 2sb Gallery