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Vespa VXL 150 Anniversary Edition



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Vespa has discontinued the VXL 150 Anniversary Edition and the bike is out of production.

VXL 150 Anniversary Edition Key Highlights

Engine Capacity150 cc
Kerb Weight114 kg
Seat Height770 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity8 litres
Max Power11.4 bhp

Vespa VXL 150 Anniversary Edition Summary

2016 marks the 70th anniversary of the iconic Vespa brand, and the company has launched the Vespa 70th Anniversary Edition as a commemoration. This scooter is offered with a slew of accessories and a unique paint scheme to set it apart from the crowd.

The styling of the Vespa VXL 150 harks back to the Vespa scooters of the 1960s. The round headlamp, mirrors, bits of the front suspension and the luggage carrier are chromed to give it an elegant look. It also gets a tinted fly screen, perimeter guard and five-spoke alloy wheels in a unique grey shade. The brown leather seat is embossed with a 70th Anniversary logo and gets contrasting white stitching. The instrument cluster integrates a digital display that show fuel level, the odometer and two trip meters.

The Vespa 70th Anniversary Edition is powered by the 150cc single-cylinder engine, delivering 11.4bhp and 11.5Nm of torque. It rides on 11-inch front and 10-inch rear alloy wheels shod with tubeless tyres. A front disc brake is standard.

The Vespa 70th Anniversary Edition is available only in a bright Azurro 70 paint scheme which is unique to this model. It competes with the Aprilia SR 150.

Vespa VXL 150 Anniversary Edition Expert Opinion

A style statement; an attention magnet. Only the Italians could have created an icon like the Vespa. Even five minutes after getting my hands on the keys, I am walking around it taking pictures I am never going to use. This is the effect a Vespa has on you.   

What is it?

 

A style statement; an attention magnet. Only the Italians could have created an icon like the Vespa. Even five minutes after getting my hands on the keys, I am walking around it taking pictures I am never going to use. This is the effect a Vespa has on you. 

The Vespa VXL 150 70th Anniversary Edition is a special edition scooter decked up with a slew of accessories that are otherwise offered as optional extras. As the name suggests, this is a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the marque's inception. Had it not been for the Vespa 946 Emporio Armani, the VXL 150 7th Anniversary would have been the brand's flagship model.

 

How does it ride?

The Vespa VXL 150 70th Anniversary Edition is powered by a 149cc three-valve single-cylinder engine, delivering 11bhp and 11Nm of torque. While this output makes the Vespa one of the most powerful scooters you can buy, there is nothing extraordinary about the performance. Wring the throttle and it sets off gracefully. Off the line, you can tell that Vespa could have tuned the CVT transmission to make it quicker, but chose not to. It is only past 80kmph that you realise the true potential of the engine.

The 11-inch front wheel rides on a single-sided trailing link suspension. While a trailing link suspension might seem like a relic today, Vespa takes pride in this piece of kit. Designed along the lines of aircraft suspension, it gets an 'anti-dive' system which prevents the front from dipping under braking. What it also does is rob the front end of some feel, since it doesn’t respond the same way as a conventional telescopic setup. 

The Vespa never wavers off its line or gets unsettled as you go over bumps and ruts. The give in the suspension allows you to hold your line, as it gracefully absorbs mid-corner undulations. The Vespa deals well with city traffic as well, with the point-and-shoot nature making filtering effortless and entertaining. The tall handlebar and the small turning radius also aid the Vespa's ability to squeeze through traffic.

The Vespa VXL 150 70th Anniversary is offered with a front disc brake, which offers a good bite and progression. It is a very powerful setup so requires a deft touch at the lever. The rear brake is a drum brake setup and while adequate, does not come close to the front’s usability, power and progression.

Anything else I should know?

The Vespa VXL 150 70th Anniversary is Rs 11,000 more expensive than the standard VXL 150. The extra money gets you a tinted windscreen, perimeter guard, luggage carrier, floor mat and unique brown leather cover for the seat. While you can have all of this fitted on any standard Vespa, what you can't have is the unique turquoise paint, grey wheels and the '70th Anniversary' badges.

Apart from the underseat bay, the Vespa VXL 150 70th Anniversary also gets a front storage compartment. This can be opened through the ignition key slot and is very handy to store your cell phone and other essentials. The retro instrument cluster gets a digital readout to display the odometer and twin trip meters. A 'mode' button near the switchgear allows you to scroll through the them and reset the trip meters. At 40.9kmpl, the Vespa VXL 150 70th Anniversary Edition isn't very economical. However fuel efficiency is hardly a concern for Vespa owners.

Should I buy one?

Every manufacturer sets out with a target audience while engineering and marketing a scooter. A Vespa though, is an exception. It is like a Royal Enfield. Be it college going kids, middle aged men or the oldies, every one turns around to take a look at the Vespa and fantasises about owning one. The Vespa is a piece of art, albeit with wheels and a powerplant. You acquire a Vespa less for its utility and more for its glamour and those who yearn to own one easily overlook its quirks. 

And while all Vespa scooters are conspicuous, the Vespa VXL 150 70th Anniversary Edition with its unique paint, fancy wheels and smoked windshield thrusts you into the spotlight at every stoplight. So if you like grabbing attention and shaking it by its collar, then the Vespa VXL 150 70th Anniversary Edition is the perfect scooter for you.

Where does it fit in?

The Vespa VXL 150 70th Anniversary Edition is priced at Rs 1.13 lakh (on-road, Mumbai). In principle, it goes up against its peppier cousin – the Aprilia SR 150. However, take into account the elegance and desirability and the Vespa is clearly on a higher plane; the Aprilia or other modern scooters don't stand a chance. The actual rivals to this Vespa are either rotting in sheds and alleys, or are under watchful eyes of automotive connoisseurs. Yes, I am referring to the original Vespa scooters. Getting your hands on an old-school Vespa and restoring it to its former glory will cost you almost as much as a new VXL 150 70th Anniversary Edition. It will also cost blood, sweat and tears, but endure all of it and you won't regret the decision.

Gear Check

1. Icon Airmada helmet – 

Comfortable, aerodynamic, lightweight and a well-ventilated helmet with a wide peripheral vision. Oval headform fit might not suit everyone though. Price -Rs 15,000.

2. Joe Rocket Alter Ego 3.0 jacket– 

An extremely versatile all-weather jacket. In this guise, it is being used as a ventilated mesh jacket, though it ships with two more liners - waterproof and thermal. Price – Rs 20,000.

3. Ixon Moto HP gloves – 

High quality full gauntlet leather gloves suited for city riding, touring and track use. Offers good ventilation and a high level of protection. Expensive though. Price - Rs 9,500

4. AGV Sport Airtex pants – 

Riding pants with mesh in the crotch, calf, back of legs and thigh areas which is a real boon in our hot weather. Price -Rs 6,500.

5. Sidi B2 boots – 

All-round street and sportbike riding shoes also suitable for track days. Not ventilated, which can make it uncomfortable for everyday use. Price - Rs 17,000

Photography by Kapil Angane

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VXL 150 Anniversary Edition Specifications & Features

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      • Power & Performance

        • Displacement
          150 cc
        • Max Power
          11.4 bhp @ 7000 rpm
        • Max Torque
          11.5 Nm @ 5500 rpm
        • Mileage - Owner Reported
          -
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      • Brakes, Wheels & Suspension

        • Front Suspension
          Single side arm
        • Rear Suspension
          Hydraulic Shock Absorber
        • Braking System
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        • Front Brake Type
          Disc
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      • Dimensions & Chassis

        • Kerb Weight
          114 kg
        • Seat Height
          770 mm
        • Ground Clearance
          155 mm
        • Overall Length
          1770 mm
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      • Manufacturer Warranty

        • Standard Warranty
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      Features

        • Touch Screen Display
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        • Instrument Console
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        • Odometer
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        • Speedometer
          Analogue
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      Vespa VXL 150 Anniversary Edition User Reviews

      5.0/5

      (2 Ratings) 1 Reviews

      5

      Visual Appeal


      5

      Reliability


      4

      Comfort


      5

      Service Experience


      5

      Value for Money

      Vespa vxl 150 anniversary edition is a style statement

      6 years ago


      Ranga Chava

      My experience with vespa is a style statement, looks and driving comfort, very good balanced ride, after sales service ( aaaro motors miyapur 5* for their service), and look wise especially the colour, and performance is very good,

      Pros: good after sales service, looks, comfortable ride, output makes the vespa one of the most powerful.

      Cons: space

      Rating Parameters

      (out of 5)

      5

      Visual Appeal


      5

      Reliability


      4

      Comfort


      5

      Service Experience


      5

      Value for Money

      About the Reviewer

      Used it for

      Daily Commute

      Owned for

      6 months-1 yr

      Ridden for

      < 5000 kms

      Got mileage of

      40 kmpl

      Tips for other riders

      You get 2 years warranty and tyre pressure maintain as per manual.

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