Autohub Philippines, as the exclusive distributor of Vespa scooters, launched its latest offering of Vespa S variant in the market last March 1, 2020–days prior to the imposition of the Luzon-wide quarantine regulations against the COVID-19. The event was a lively interactive gathering of the different Vespa Club members in greater manila with all wearing their distinctive club shirts. In a festive atmosphere, guests including the motoring media were served with sumptuous meals after the opening breakfast ride in the vicinity nearby Pasay and Roxas Boulevard.
For somebody who is not yet familiar with the world-class multi-awarded Vespa scooters, it was in 1946 when the first Vespa was born. It was a simple and practical scooter for the daily commute. Nowadays, Vespa has become more of an aspirational brand among riders. Its iconic design easily stood out in the city. Since its launch in 2007, the Vespa S line-up has allured many young generations with its easy urban mobility, energetic design, and dynamic character.
Vespa has given the S 125 an updated look. It stands with its new front design that conveys a more stylish look. There’s also a new set of LED headlights and a double-seat saddle with special finishing. Particular attention was given also to the details of the new instrument panel with its revamped graphics which provides higher visibility in any lighting conditions.
The design of the saddle now has a flatter and narrower tip yet is able to keep enough padding to ensure a comfortable ride for the ones with modest height. Moreover, the new materials further enhance the premium look of the two-wheeler, keeping up with the sporty and energetic look of the Vespa S 125.
In order to enhance control and comfort for both rider and passenger, the footrest is also reshaped. Thanks to the combination of the new design of both saddle and footrest, the riders with modest height can now easily put the feet on the ground, while the passenger has more footrest space.
The movement of the swinging arm of the Vespa S 125 is structured on roller boxes that reduce operating friction. With a new structure design, the Vespa S 125’s handling is sportier and smoother than its predecessor.
Powering the Vespa S 125 is a single-cylinder 4-stroke 125 cc air-cooled I-get engine with electronic injection and 3-valves timing, which produces 10 hp and 10.2 Nm of torque. It’s not exactly fast but it’s perfectly adequate for city use.
As for security and convenience, the Vespa S 125 comes with an immobilizer anti-theft system and a functional glove box. The load capacity is also ensured by the helmet compartment, as well as the bag hook, indispensable for taking full advantage of the footboard. Another feature highlighted in this model is the USB charging port which enhances convenience for riders when they want to charge their phones, tablets, and small electronic devices.
In the present situation where social distancing is strictly observed, acquiring a new Vespa S 125 with its comfortable size and convenience features for a single rider may be a good decision. At P145,000, it is on the expensive side of scooters, considering that most Japanese competitors are priced around P70,000-P80,000. However, the Vespa S 125 is the easiest way to enter the world of Vespa ownership. Plus, with its timeless design, the Vespa S 125 will still look at lot fresher down the line compared to its Japanese competitors.