There's enough nostalgia for the hipster within with its retro-modern style and pastel colours, but below it's all contemporary and utilitarian. We look at the Vespa ZX 125, which is also the most cheapest Vespa available today.
The Vespa ZX 125 has a soft and delicate look that is quite old-school Italian and traditional in appearance. The scooter's sleek form, with a round headlamp and chrome polished round mirrors, giving it a bold and striking posture. The appearance is complemented by seven bright colour options: grey, red, black, white, pink, yellow, and blue. The rounded appearance also makes the front apron appear tall and roomy, allowing the rider considerable leg room behind it. Even the sloping one-piece seat, with a reasonable 770mm seat height, evokes nostalgia.
The ZX produces 9.5PS and 9.9Nm thanks to a 124.45cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine coupled to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) transmission. When combined with a kerb weight of 115kg, the performance should be rather brisk. The 7.4 litre gasoline tank should be plenty for urban transportation.
A monocoque steel chassis, aircraft inspired single-side front suspension engineered to decrease dip, and a rear hydraulic shock absorber sit beneath the vintage styling. The ZX model has a front disc brake with a diameter of 200mm and a rear drum brake with a diameter of 140mm. Tubeless tyres (90/100) are fitted to the front and rear of the Vespa ZX.
Priced at Rs. 1.15 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), this is one of the more costly 125cc scooters on the market today. It is immediately competing with the Yamaha Fascino 125, which starts at Rs 83,630 (ex-showroom) and the Suzuki Access 125, which starts at Rs 79,300 (ex-showroom), both of which are much less expensive than the Vespa at their respective price points.