Vespa S Looks to Company's Roots

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Vespa expands its American scooter lineup with the Vespa S, a 150cc scooter that borrows styling cues from the iconic company's history, most notable is the rectangular headlight. The latter was first seen on the Vespa 50 Special.

The S also features a minimalist leg shield, a round tail light and a '70s-inspired single-seat saddle.

The model also uses the company's steel monocoque design, which is said to offer superior strength, rigidity and control. All of this is aided by a low center of gravity.

Equipped with an advanced front disc/rear drum brake system, the Vespa S offers confident stopping power. The 11" front and 10" rear wheels with light alloy rims add to the Vespa S? excellent stability, and a 150cc single-cylinder, four-stroke engine delivers sporty acceleration. Located inside the body, the 2.3 gallon fuel tank allows easy access to the engine and maximizes the size of the under-seat storage compartment.

For the gas-conscious, the S offers a claimed 90 miles per gallon.

The Vespa S is available with six optional graphic kits, including a stylized Italian flag, a Mod-ish British flag theme, a flower motif and a retro rally theme.

Additional accessories for the Vespa S include a matching body-color 8-1/2 gallon top box, a chrome-plated tilting rear luggage rack and a European-style half-helmet.

The 2008 Vespa S has a MSRP of $4099. Available colors include Dragon Red, Shiny Black and Optic White.