In addressing the increasing demand for stylish yet dependable scooters that can survive Metro Manila’s horrible traffic, Vespa Philippines recently launched the new GTS Super 150. This charming motorbike will surely draw the attention of enthusiasts from this niche motorcycle segment.
Comfortable, practical and durable, the Vespa GTS Super 150 is the smaller version of the GTS 300 that is known for its powerful engine and smooth-as-silk riding characteristics.
The GTS 300 is propelled by a single-cylinder, four-stroke, four-valve 278cc engine, while its younger brother has a single cylinder, four-stroke, three-valve powerplant—although both are equipped with advanced electronic fuel injection.
They are almost identical in size, although one edge of the 150cc variant is its P200,000 price tag, which is half the price of the GTS 300.
Willy Tee Ten, president of Vespa Philippines parent company Autohub, took pride in introducing the GTS Super 150 to scooter enthusiasts in attendance at the Vespa showroom in Bonifacio Global City last July 30. He was accompanied by Neri Miclaus, area manager for Piaggio Asia Pacific.
The Super 150 gives justice to the GTS 300’s reputation of being a smooth-riding power scooter. It floats on a single arm with a helical spring and single-double acting hydraulic shock absorber in front, and two shock absorbers with adjustable preload and four settings at the rear.
Stopping power was also further improved with 220mm disc brakes on both front and back. Both models have 12-inch tires and can fit two half-face helmets in their seat compartments. Like the GTS 300, the Super 150’s body is made of metal.
Aside from these, the GTS Super 150 has a good riding position which is important for enduring daily traffic problems. During a brief test ride in BGC, the GTS Super 150 exuded rider-friendly characteristics and a tame behavior.
With the twist-and-go automatic transmission, a rider wouldn’t mind crawling in heavy traffic, as long as this elegant Italian icon remains the center of attraction among the motorized vehicles on the road.
Giving credit to the Super 150’s front and rear disc brakes, the stopping response of this classic scooter was heavenly because it’s neither sticky nor spongy.
For buyers who will succumb to its charms, the Vespa Super 150 will sprint with flair and style either in a corner or a straightway—just like a real Italian debonair.