Piaggio unveils new models, prototypes bound for North American market

Publish Date: 
Mar 19, 2012
  • The Piaggio BV 350. Maxis are the ultimate efficient and comfortable commuter scooters, and the new Piaggio BV 350 ensures riders have plenty of power to get up and go, with an all-new engine, frame and body work. The BV 350 performs like a 400cc scooter but has all the low fuel consumption and emissions levels of a smaller displacement scooter. There’s nothing cute about the BV 350: from its smoked windshield and glossy black rims to matte, brushed metal details, this ride is sporty with a decidedly tough urban edge. The Piaggio BV 350 is available in Shiny Black and Matte Silver colors and has a MSRP of $5,499. It arrives in U.S. showrooms in May.

Dealers at the Florida meeting also had the first look at the Piaggio Group's prototypes bound for the North American dealerships. They include:

  • The Moto Guzzi California 1400. Headed for a global launch in December on U.S. soil, the new Moto Guzzi California 1400 has true long-and-low cruiser styling, but with all the Moto Guzzi Italian authenticity and soul. A new 1,400cc, air-cooled, four-valve engine adds power and torque, and a touring version will come standard with panniers, a rear case and lots of other extras for long-distance rides.

  • The Vespa 946. The 946 exemplifies the next generation of design-forward, fuel-efficient, low-emission, low-noise scooters. The single-cylinder, 125cc four-stroke, three-valve, air-cooled engine with electronic injection, represents Piaggio Group's state-of-the-art technology in scooter engines. Strong torque and performance make the 946’s powerplant the one to beat in the 125cc and 150cc scooter categories.

  • The Aprilia Caponord 1200. Developed for multipurpose use, the Caponord 1200 traces its adventurous roots to the Aprilia Dorsoduro maxi-moto. The Caponord 1200 will have the most advanced electronics package in its class: Ride-By-Wire electronic throttle control, Aprilia Traction Control, ABS and Electronic Dynamic Dampening. It also adopts the design DNA of Aprilia’s RSV4 superbike.

  • The Aprilia SRV 850. The Aprilia SRV 850 engine is the world’s first and only 90-degree V-Twin scooter engine. With 76 hp, it makes the SRV 850 the fastest, most powerful scooter ever manufactured. The Aprilia SRV 850 is based on the GP 800, the original maxi two-cylinder launched by Piaggio Group in 2007, then the highest-performance scooter available anywhere. Aprilia engineers embued the SRV 850 with the same racing DNA that the company has always transferred to its most sporty bikes, such as the 2010 World Superbike championship-winning Aprilia RSV4 and the muscular motard, the Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200. With evolved engine performance, revamped riding set-up and styling, the SRV 850 embodies Aprilia’s philosophy of performance without compromise.

Posted by Dennis Johnson