Meet the “Racing Sixties” edition, Vespa’s newest and more elegant versions of the GTS Super and the Sprint scooters.
With evocative (pine) green with yellow or white with red color schemes—for each of the two models—reminiscent of ’60s sports cars, a brand new seat with artisan style stitching, and gold metallic 12-inch wheels, these four creations conjure up memories of Italy’s legendary circuits such as the Monaco or Monza Grand Prix, or historic championships like the Targa Florio, an open road endurance race held in the mountains and picturesque towns surrounding Palermo.
While the mechanical foundations of each remain unchanged—the GTS Super is powered by Vespa’s new 24-horsepower (26 Nm of torque), 300cc HPE single-cylinder engine and the Sprint, by a 13-horsepower (13 Nm of torque), 155cc single-cylinder engine—having these Racing Sixties adornments truly make them a must-have for connoisseurs.
The Vespa GTS Super Racing Sixties edition is priced P428,000 (about P60,000 more than the regular counterpart) while the Vespa Sprint Racing Sixties edition is priced P253,000 (about P48,000 more than the regular counterpart).
For sale by August
All four models will be available by August, informed Motohub assistant operations manager, Maris Danica Chua, in all of MotoItalia Philippines’ 17 dealerships nationwide.
Aside from the more obvious design upgrades, the Racing Sixties edition also added other style touches including matte black finish of the passenger grab handle and footrests, the front and rear light setting, the silencer cover, the rear-view mirrors, the onboard instrument cluster base and shield trim. For the Vespa GTS Super Racing Sixties, there’s a crest on the front mudguard. By the way, the seat is covered in nubuck leather coated with PVC for water resistance.
“To complete the Vespa GTS Super and Vespa Sprint Racing Sixties edition look, we will be bringing in a range of garments (sweatshirts and T-shirts) and two coordinating helmet versions inspired by the scooters’ graphics,’’ shared Chua.
The two color versions of the helmet are expected to sell well once they arrive here since they not only match the scooters with their clean graphic lines with simple and classic yellow on green, or red on white colors but also offer adjustable ventilation system, external fibreglass shell with anti UV ray paint, a scratch-proof visor, a hypo-allergenic interior that is removable and washable, and a practical double D ring fastening system.
Intrigued about why the green and yellow and white and red color schemes, this writer learned that in the ’60s, colors and graphics would often reflect a sense of belonging to one’s country (or town) of origin. Graphic details and color schemes were selected to ensure one’s private team had a distinctive and easily recognisable look.
But despite the retro styling, both the GTS Super and the Sprint Racing Sixties editions come with modern touches such as a USB charging port and CVT with torque server transmission. The GTS Super also runs on larger 220mm disc brakes (the Spring Racing Sixties features 200mm front disc brake) on both wheels and are equipped with ABS and traction control system.
Charles E. Buban is an old timer in the Philippine automotive journalism scene. He first started covering the automotive beat in 2003, writing news and reviews of new models and car tech, among other car-related stuff. When not writing about cars, he could often be seen riding his mountain bike or doing long walks in the hope of catching a couple of legendary Pokemons.