Present during the launch was Naza Two Wheels Division vice president Juan Chow Wee, Naza Premira Sdn Bhd’s Vice President II Farouk Faisal, and Piaggio Asia Pacific area sales manager Neri Miclaus. Also making a special appearance was local rap artist Altimet.
The Vespa Sprint is the spiritual successor to the Vespa S, with its arrival marking the return of the brand’s legendary ‘Vespino’ generation of sporty Vespas from the 60s and 70s era.
The Vespa Sprint differs from its siblings aesthetically as it features a sportier saddle design that is further accentuated by a black cover with a white line finish, and its unique retro square headlamp design as well. Refining its stance are modern touches such as the LED daytime running lights, its multi-function digital instrument panel, as well as a set of 12-inch aluminium alloy wheels.
Underneath, the Vespa Sprint features Vespa’s current generation of lightweight triple-valve (2 intake, 1 exhaust) 150cc SOHC single-cylinder four-stroke engine primed with fuel injection. The package is primed further with a free-wheel electric starter, followed by centrifugal clutch unit that optimises the mill’ fuel efficiency, granting the sprint the ability to travel up to 64km per litre of fuel at an average speed of 50km/h.
All this is encased in a redesigned frame, which now sees the battery moved into the central tunnel of the footrest instead. This has increased the under-seat compartment up to 16.6 litres, boosting the Vespa Sprint’s standard practicality features better.
The scooter’s structural engineering has also been improved without compromising on weight as the Vespa Sprint’s headstock rigidity and longitudinal bend have increased by 36% 154% respectively. This then grants the Vespa Sprint with enhanced safety and riding stability while maintaining its signature and familiar riding essence.
Available in six paint schemes, the Vespa Sprint is priced at RM15,617.13 on-the-road inclusive of GST, road tax, and insurance costs. (Nett selling price with GST: RM15,028.68). In conjunction with the Vespa Sprint’s Malaysian launch, Naza Premira has also announced the start of a new Vespa Assist after-sales program.
The Vespa Assist programis supported by AAM bikers assists and will offer plenty of value-added services for all Vespa owners in Malaysia. These include 24-hour breakdown assistance, free-towing service (depending on zones), minor on-location repairs, as well as AAM Motor Insurance and Vehicle Inspection and Valuation Services. With the program, Vespa stands as the first brand in the local market to offer such for its customers.
As an added bonus, Naza Premira will reward customers who register their new Vespas starting April 1 this year with the Vespa Assist privileges for one year. The Vespa Assist service will commence in Malaysia starting April 10 and can be reached via its dedicated hotline number: 011-2203 1111.