Will the new Italjet Dragster make its way to PH?

So-called ‘Lamborghini of the scooter world’ stars at EICMA 2018
by Aris Ilagan | Nov 14, 2018
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Massimo Tartarini, president and CEO of the motorcycle company Italjet, first visited the Philippines more than a year ago. He had two reasons to be here: to check out a local dealership, and to relax in Boracay.

Both objectives were accomplished, and the trip left an indelible mark on Tartarini. It wouldn’t be surprising if we were to hear him sing the praises of Boracay. What made a stronger impression on him, though, was the big scooter market in our country, and the demand even for premium brands like Italjet. He also discovered that there’s a growing community of Italjet enthusiasts here, all wanting to see the iconic Dragster in metal.

Presently, local motorcycle dealership Access Plus is importing only the Italjet Formula 150cc from Italy. But Pinoy scooterists are reportedly clamoring for the Dragster.

Their long wait might be over soon. Tartarini unveiled the new-generation Dragster at the recent EICMA motorcycle show in Milan. Sporting a mean, radical design, the latest model comes in 125cc and 200cc variants.

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With its steel trellis frame widely exposed, this Dragster features space-shuttle-inspired looks, making it appear like it’s built to conquer Mars. What makes this new model more appealing than its predecessors is the stylish yet aerodynamic fascia and the sleek tail-end design. These only show that Italjet’s designers have put in a lot of effort when they conceptualized the new scooter. With bigger tires (12-inch/13-inch front and rear), the Dragster looks heavy at first glance, but it actually weighs only 108kg for the 125cc variant and 112kg for the 200cc version.

The engine (four-stroke, four-valve, liquid-cooled) and suspension parts are interchangeable with those on the past models, so maintenance will be less of an issue now, according to the Italjet boss. Moreover, the Dragster’s engine is the twin version that powers the retro-inspired Aprilia Scomadi.

The new Dragster is set to hit the production line soon and may already be available on the international market by May or June 2019. Now, we ask: Will the Philippines be among the first recipients of this hot Italian commuter?

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