FIRST LOOK: PIAGGIO MP3

PIAGGIO MP3 Two front wheels — a revolutionary concept.

Piaggio launched the first Vespa model — and with it the scooter phenomenon — in the spring of 1946. The scooter revolutionised personal transport, giving Europeans a sense of utter freedom.

Sixty years on, Piaggio has come up with another revolutionary product: the PIAGGIO MP3, a totally innovative three-wheeler with two front wheels.

The PIAGGIO MP3 provides safety, road grip and stability levels that no two-wheeler can match. Power, performance and ease of use make for a very entertaining ride.

The two front wheels of the PIAGGIO MP3 re-define the very concept of ride stability to provide an unprecedented riding experience.

The front assembly, with two independent tilting wheels, is far more stable than any scooter. The PIAGGIO MP3 grips the road even when tailing other vehicles, providing top performance in total safety.

The full extent of this three-wheeler’s stability can be tested on wet asphalt or tough riding conditions that would sorely challenge a traditional two-wheeler.

In town and city traffic the PIAGGIO MP3 has no equal in terms of safety. It takes on cobblestone streets, patchy asphalt and tram tracks with the greatest of ease, remaining safe and stable all the while.

With its compact super-scooter size and exceptional manoeuvrability, the PIAGGIO MP3 is at home in town traffic. It’s a cinch to park: an electro-hydraulic suspension locking system means there is no need to put the vehicle on its stand.

Thanks to an overall front-end width of only 420 mm, the Piaggio MP3 is type-approved as a standard two wheeled motorcycle.

The revolutionary PIAGGIO MP3 requires far less braking space than any scooter — the three-disk braking system and exceptional front-end road-holding reduce braking space by 20 per cent compared to the best scooters.

The PIAGGIO MP3 comes into its own when heading out of town. Its road grip, cornering safety and tilt angle of up to 40 per cent are unprecedented for a scooter, adding to the pleasure of riding different road surfaces at high speed.

The PIAG

GIO MP3 is available in two engine displacements, 125 and 250 cc, both up-to-date 4-stroke, 4-valve, liquid-cooled units in line with Euro3 emissions standards.

The 125cc engine offers an excellent power output of 15 bhp/11kW, the legal limit when riding with a car licence. The 250cc, equipped with electronic injection, delivers a 22.5 bhp/16.9 kW power output, making the PIAGGIO MP3 capable of comfortably taking on long-distance rides.

Piaggio MP3 is available in four colours: Sky Blue, Excalibur Grey, Graphite Black and Ruby Red.

 

The PIAGGIO MP3 offers unique and unprecedented riding pleasure.

Three other versions will be available alongside the PIAGGIO MP3:

The PIAGGIO MP3 C with a high winter windscreen, the PIAGGIO MP3 RL with an electro-hydraulic tilt lock mechanism and the PIAGGIO MP3 CRL with a winter windscreen as well as a tilt lock mechanism.

This innovative vehicle marks the start of a new personal transport revolution from Piaggio.

 

PIAGGIO MP3: TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS 125

Engine Single-cylinder, 4-stroke, 4-valve Piaggio LEADER with SAS and catalytic exhaust
Displacement 124 cc
Bore / Stroke 57 mm / 48.6 mm
Fuel Unleaded
Compression ratio 12.0:1
Max power / Max torque 15 bhp (11 Kw) at 9,250 rpm / 12 Nm at 8,500 rpm
Cooling Liquid
Gearbox ‘Twist and go’ automatic CVT, torque server
Ignition Electronic capacitive discharge (CDI) and ignition advance mapping
Starter Electric (Bendix) with automatic decompressor and automatic start
Frame Twin cradle: tubes in high tensile steel
Front suspension Parallelogram composed of four aluminium arms supporting two steering tubes, cantilevered suspension – Travel: 85mm
Rear suspension Two dual effect hydraulic shock absorbers and adjustable spring preload – Travel: 110mm
Front brakes Two stainless steel disks, Ø 240mm and floating calliper with two pistons, Ø 30mm
Rear brake Stainless steel disk, Ø 240 mm and calliper with opposite pistons, Ø 30 mm
Front wheel rims Die-cast aluminium alloy, 12″ x 3.00
Rear wheel rims Die-cast aluminium alloy, 12″ x 3.50
Front tyre / Rear tyre Tubeless 120/70-12”  51P / Tubeless 130/70-12”  62P
Length/Width/Wheelbase 2,130 mm / 745 mm/ 1,490 mm
Seat height/ Dry weight 780 mm/ 199 kg
Fuel tank capacity 12 litres (includes 1.8 litres reserve)
Max speed 103 km/h
Consumption (ECE 40 cycle) 25 km/l
Emissions Euro 3

 

PIAGGIO MP3: TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS 250

Engine Single-cylinder QUASAR, 4-stroke, 4-valve, electronic injection, catalysed
Displacement 244.3 cc
Bore / Stroke 72 mm / 60 mm
Fuel Unleaded
Compression ratio 10.5 :1
Max power / Max torque 22.5 bhp (16.5 Kw) at 8,250 rpm / 21 Nm at 6,750 rpm
Cooling Liquid
Gearbox ‘Twist and go’ automatic CVT, torque server
Ignition Port Injected Alfa/n type with closed loop system, Lambda sensor in exhaust pipe and three-way double catalytic converter
Start Electric (freewheel) with torque limiter
Frame Twin cradle: tubes in high tensile steel
Front suspension Parallelogram composed of four aluminium arms supporting two steering tubes, cantilevered suspension – Travel: 85mm
Rear suspension Two dual effect hydraulic shock absorbers and adjustable spring preload – Travel: 110mm
Front brake Two stainless steel disks, Ø 240 mm and floating calliper with two pistons, Ø 30 mm
Rear brake Stainless steel disk, Ø 240 mm and calliper with opposite pistons, Ø 30 mm
Front wheel rim Die-cast aluminium alloy, 12″ x 3.00
Rear wheel rim Die-cast aluminium alloy, 12″ x 3.50
Front tyre / Rear tyre Tubeless 120/70-12”  51P / Tubeless 130/70-12”  62P
Length/Width/Wheelbase 2,130 mm / 745 mm / 1,490 mm
Seat height/ Dry weight 780 mm/ 204 kg
Fuel tank capacity 12 litres (includes 1.8 litres)
Max speed 125 km/h
Consumption (ECE 40  cycle) 23 km/l
Emissions Euro 3

 

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