Piaggio India has launched a special edition of their famed Vespa called the Racing Sixties. It comes in both the 125cc and 150cc versions. The new Vespa special series, have been based on the BS6-compliant Vespa SXL 150 and SXL 125. The Racing Sixties edition was unveiled at Auto Expo 2020 in Greater Noida at the beginning of the year. Also, bookings for Piaggio’s latest special edition scooter is now open at Rs 1,000. There are benefits worth Rs 2,000 if customers choose to book it online. Most importantly though, the 125cc version of the Racing Sixties retails at Rs 1.20 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune), while the 150cc costs Rs 1.32 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune). Over the standard SXL 125 & SXL 150, there’s a price hike around the Rs 5,000 mark.
The special edition Vespa Racing Sixties is adorned with red graphics and a tinge of gold on white body paint along with golden five-spoke petal alloy wheels. Furthermore, the highlighted matte black finish of surrounding elements including the rear-view mirrors, grab handle and footrests, the front and rear light applique and the muffler cover create a unique contrast.
Commenting on the exciting launch of Vespa Racing Sixties, Diego Graffi, Chairman and MD, Piaggio India said, “We are delighted to introduce the special edition Vespa Racing Sixties. As an iconic brand with a longstanding legacy, Vespa continuously rediscovers itself by setting new trends which reflects its versatility to represent unique specialities of different times. The Vespa Racing Sixties is an exceptional representation in rediscovering the theme of racing machines from the golden racing era of 1960s. Acknowledging the spirit of time, it deftly combines heritage with present-day advanced technology; the only brand to offer such speciality to the discerning customers who love to Vespa.”
Inspiration for the Vespa Racing Sixties series comes from the gentlemen riders races of the 1960s. Often, colours and graphics would reflect a sense of belonging to one’s country of origin, graphic details and colour schemes selected to ensure one’s private team had a distinctive and easily recognisable look, a visual tribute to the brands that chose to support sports teams on the road to victory. The style choices adopted for the Vespa Racing Sixties special series will help conjure up memories of legendary circuits such as the Monaco or Monza Grand Prix tracks, or historic championships like the Targa Florio.
Beyond the liveries from the racing world, the special edition Vespa Racing Sixties gets a monocoque full steel body, three coat body colours, anti-lock braking system or combined braking system with twin pot calliper disc brakes. The BS6-compliant engines have a three-valve design and fuel injection technology. For greater exclusivity, the Racing Sixties is equipped with a crystal illumination LED headlight, centre integrated day time running light, USB mobile charging port and boot light.