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Piaggio Vespa Racing Sixties model launched at INR 1.20 lakh

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Piaggio India has launched the Vespa Racing Sixties, a special edition scooter based on the BS6 Vespa SXL 125 and SXL 150 priced at INR 1.20 lakh ex-showroom, Pune and INR 1.32 lakh ex-showroom, Pune, respectively. The Vespa Racing Sixties comes with the same iconic and timeless body design but the special edition model features a special racing livery that offers tribute to the 1960s racing machines and expresses speed and winning. 

The Vespa “Racing Sixties” edition was unveiled at Auto Expo 2020 in February and the Italian brand has now strengthened the brand portfolio by adding the special edition model to their line up. The brand has also announced that the Vespa Racing Sixties is available at all Vespa dealerships across the country and can be booked via the brand’s contactless e-commerce platform by paying a booking amount of INR 1,000, online and avail benefits worth INR 2,000 when booked online. 

In terms of styling, the Vespa Racing Sixties features a nostalgic reflection of the classic and rich aesthetics of the 1960s racing machines drawing inspiration from the gentlemen riders races of the 60s, echoing the feats of legendary sports personalities that raced on the coveted circuits of Monaco or Monza Grand Prix tracks and historic championships like the Targa Florio. 

The “Racing Sixties” features a pristine White body with Red graphics and a tinge of Gold, Golden 5 spoke petal alloy wheels, clean graphic lines on the sides and the front tie and matte black finished headlight & tail light applique along with the rear-view mirrors, grab handle and footrests. 

Mechanically, the special edition Vespa Racing Sixties remains similar to the standard model and features highlights such as a full steel monocoque body with new 3 coat body colours, new twin-pot callipers on the disc brakes integrated with ABS or CBS braking technology, new crystal illumination LED headlamps with an integrated centre spar LED daytime running light, USB mobile charging port, boot light etc. 

The Vespa Racing Sixties is powered by a BS6 compliant 125cc or 150cc, depending on the model, single-cylinder air/fan-cooled, 4-stroke, 3-valve OHC fuel-injected motor with new map sensor and three catalytic converters to achieve the new stringent emission norms. The 125cc engine makes 9.7 Bhp of power and 9.6 Nm of torque while the 150cc engine makes 10.2 Bhp of power and 10.6 Nm of torque matched to an automatic gearbox.