Vespa 125 and 150 BS6 versions have quietly started reaching outlets across the country well ahead of the April 1, 2020 deadline. BS6 Vespa scooters are now on display at Bhawani Auto, Jagatpuri, East Delhi. We recently reported on the prices of the updated versions and now we present you the technical specifications.
As expected, the Italian retro classic duo come equipped with electronic fuel injection system to achieve more precise fueling and reduced emissions. Nothing much has changed, both mechanically and visually. As a result of the new fuel injection system, the 125 cc and 150 cc motors witness a slight bump in their power outputs while suffering an equally marginal drop in their torque outputs.
The Vespa 125 BS6 produces 7.6 kW of power, up by 0.2 kW compared to the BS4 version. The Vespa 150 BS6 gained 0.3 kW to dish out 7.6 kW. In their updated avatars, the 125 and 150 produce 9.6 Nm (down from 9.9 Nm) and 10.6 Nm (down from 10.9 Nm) respectively. We expect the change in performance in the real world to be hardly noticeable, however, the EFI should make for crisper throttle response.
All sub-variants of the 125 and 150 family, starting from the Urban Club all the way to the Vespa Elegante, have received the emission upgrade. The price difference is rather steep compared to comparable products from rivals. When we compare price of Honda Activa BS6 125, which is priced from Rs 68k, the base Vespa BS6 scooter is about Rs 25k more expensive.
While the Vespa ZX receives the least hike at INR 7,710, other models have become dearer by more than INR 17,000. Considering that the Vespa range is already priced at a premium, the steep increment could come as a deal breaker for a good number of prospective customers.
Needless to say, the 125 cc variants are equipped with the mandatory CBS (Combi-braking systems) while the 150 cc variants sport ABS. Save for the different background color for the digi-analog instrument console, there seems to be no visual change whatsoever. It was earlier reported that the updated Vespa could be equipped with LED taillights but they were missing.
Parent company Piaggio has been tasting success with its Aprilia range of premium 125 and 150 cc scooters in India of late. Not surprisingly, Aprilia introduced a new variant in a bid to cover wider audience base. The steep price increase for the Vespa range suggests that Piaggio is prioritizing on an acceptable profit margin rather than outright sales volume.