Italian two-wheeler specialist Piaggio has confirmed bringing its chic Vespa 946 to India. The 946 is a premium, upmarket automatic scooter which makes a powerful lifestyle statement. This retro-futuristic scooter was first showcased at the 2012 EICMA show to rave reviews from all quarters before Piaggio commenced production. The 946 is a handmade scooter where minute details like the stitching of the seat and leather palm grips are all hand finished, as is the final coat of polish. The 946 is a sleek looking scooter, that houses a handlebar mounted headlight encased within minimal bodywork. The 946 front apron gets a small chromed grill with slender turn indicators on either side.
The handlebar is futuristically crafted and houses the scooter switchgear and rear view mirrors. For instruments the 946 uses a light blue backlit digital display. The seat is a floating single-piece tapered unit. At the rear the 946 uses a round taillight which is flush fitted with this scooter’s body, adding to its retro-futuristic appeal. The rear of this scooter consists of a number of vents to aid this scooters air-cooled engine. The 946 has been given grey old-school pressed rims which go well with this scooter’s design philosophy. The Vespa 946 uses a Piaggio engineered 125cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder and air-cooled three valve engine.
This fuel infected engine makes maximum power of 11.7bhp. However the Vespa 946 in some international markets will also come with a 150cc engine that puts out in the region of 13bhp. Piaggio has given this handsome scooter disc brakes at front and rear, and that’s not all.
The 946 is tech laden with anti-lock brakes and traction control as well. What’s more, the 946 is available with a long list of accessories. 946 buyers can fit a windscreen, chrome carrying luggage rack and also choose the colour of their seat, palm grips and leather helmet bag.
Piaggio are also offering handlebar muffs, leg covers for the rain and machined aluminium parts. We hope these accessories are available in India as well. The Vespa 946 is a scooter which will be out of bounds for the average buyer in the automatic scooter segment. Piaggio have informed us this scooter will come with a hefty price tag. Vespa's 946 is already undergoing homologation within the country, and looks all set to becoming the best looking scooter India has seen till date, when it debuts here around the end of this calendar year.