Vespa GTS300 is the most powerful scooter of the brand, equipped with a 300cc engine. It was launched in the European market, after its debut in 2018 EICMA.

During EICMA 2018, Piaggio introduced the Vespa GTS300 HPE (high performance engine), which is more powerful than the regular GTS300. It was finally launched on the European market.

Overall there are much more powerful scooters. For example, the Suzuki Burgman series has engines ranging from 125cc to 650cc. A 650cc scooter is generally intended for long touring capacities with more space than a bicycle.

The GTS300 HPE is the most powerful engine a Vespa has ever received. It uses a high-performance 278 cc single-cylinder engine, which delivers 23.8 hp at 8,250 rpm and 26 Nm of maximum torque at 5,250 rpm.

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The HPE version gets a 12% increase in horsepower and 18% in torque figures. The regular GTS300 is capable of delivering 22 BHP and 22.2 Nm of maximum torque. Added figures are available due to new piston and cylinder head designs.

The engine is associated with a CVT transmission. For safety’s sake it gets traction control, front and rear disc brakes with dual channel ABS. These characteristics are standard equipment.

Onboard features include LED headlights, LED tail lights, Vespa MIA Bluetooth connectivity system, TFT color display, incoming call and message alert and USB charger.

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For storage purposes, the HPE GTS300 has enough space to accommodate two half-mask helmets and a lockable glove box in the front. The seat is covered with non-slip fabric as a premium feature.

In terms of design, it’s the same old retro-styled Vespa. The iconic round headlights, round mirrors, old-fashioned scooter body and chrome elements are retained in this scooter.

Globally, the Vespa GTS300 HPE is available in 5 variants: GTS, GTS Touring, GTS Super, GTS SuperSport and GTS SuperTech.

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As for the launch in India, it’s unlikely to debut here. A scooter of this capacity would not be well received in the budget and mileage driven market. In the near future, Vespa may consider bringing it to Indian shores.

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