2020 Vespa GTS 300 Review

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By Ryan Adams

2020 Vespa GTS 300 Sei Giorni

Editor Score: 90.25%

Engine 19.5/20
Suspension/Handling 12.5/15
Transmission/Clutch 9.75/10
Brakes 8.75/10
Instruments/Controls 3.5/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 9.25/10
Appearance/Quality 9.5/10
Desirability 9.0/10
Value 8.5/10
Overall Score 90.25/100

As V-Twin is to Harley-Davidson, Ducati is to sportbikes, and tissue paper is to Kleenex, the word scooter is synonymous with Vespa. The signature Vespa shape is what the masses have come to know as a scooter. With a rich history dating back to 1946, Vespa almost immediately won over the hearts and mind of people all over the world. The evolution of that first Vespa 98 to what I’ve been riding around for the past couple of weeks is what I enjoy about old motorcycles. It’s interesting to see where we’re going, but it’s really cool to see where we’ve been. The Sei Giorni trim mixes a little bit of both in this model.

HPE

That’s all you get to see on a Vespa. Just a hint of the inner workings of how this scooter is powered. The hot ticket with the latest GTS 300 is its new High Performance Engine (HPE). While displacement remains the same 278cc as the 2018 GTS 300, a lot has changed with the Single internally. The engine’s head was completely redesigned for better cooling and efficiency. Its four valves are now slightly larger and the combustion chamber itself has been reshaped for better performance and even has new spark plugs firing things off. The camshaft has been reworked to optimise timing. Feeding the engine are higher-pressure injectors and a larger intake system. All that said, Vespa claims a horsepower increase of 12% – 23.8 horsepower at 8,250 rpm. It’s the torque, though, that you feel launching away from traffic signals that’s so addicting. We’re told the HPE sees an 18% increase in lb-ft with …read more

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