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Vespa GTV Via Montenapoleone
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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

Via Montenapoleone is no longer just a trendy shopping district in Milan (we all knew that, right?) – It’s also a limited-edition trendy 278cc scooter from Vespa that offers performance, practicality and style. It’s a beautiful machine that will undoubtedly prove popular with fashion-conscious commuters, especially since it has the go to match its show.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Via Montenapoleone is powered by a 278cc motor with 22bhp, but it feels like more, maybe because you don’t initially expect a scooter of this size to have so much go. It rips away from the lights and pulls well all the way past 70mph to a top speed of around 85mph. It’s a fantastic engine that’s fun to use and strikes a great balance between power and economy – perfect for the city.   

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3

The Vespa GTV’s handling is refreshingly stable for a scooter. Some scoots have a very vague front end and a wobbly feel at both high and low speeds, but the GTV feels planted and secure at all times and the brakes are satisfyingly powerful without being intimidating. Overall it’s neutral, easy and safe.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3

There’s no shortage of cool stuff on the Via Montenapoleone. As standard you get a stylish (a world first?) fly screen, motorcycle-style handlebars, a luggage rack, plus a retro mudguard-mounted headlight and plush split seat. The only slight niggle is that the underseat storage bay isn’t big enough for a full-face Shoei XR-1000 lid, but there is a top box available as an optional extra. Compare and buy parts for the Vespa in the MCN Shop.

Vespa GTV Via Montenapoleone (2010-current)

Detail Value
New price £4,499
Engine size 278 cc
Power 22 bhp
Top speed 85 mph
Insurance group 7 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4
Engine rating is 5 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 3
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 3
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 3

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

Modern Vespa scooters are all high-end machines and the GTV is no exception. The build quality, finish and handling mark it out as something a bit special compared to the competition. The brand power of Vespa isn’t to be over-looked either – people can and do pay extra for the quality and just to be seen on one. They’re like the Ducatis of the scooter world.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3

In some ways it’s hard to think of the GTV as good value because it costs a fairly hefty £4,499. But the quality and finish is in a different league and the GTV (and the whole Vespa range) are objects of desire rather than just commuting tools. They hold their value well too, so you won’t get stung on depreciation. Fact is you can get a scooter for a lot less if you want to – but it’s not a Vespa. And for a lot of people, that matters. Don’t believe me? Just check any motorcycle parking bay in London… Find a Vespa for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 7 of 17

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Model History

Introduced as a limited edition in 2010.

Other Versions

Vespa GTS Super Sport – same engine, but with classic Vespa styling and sporty graphics

Specifications

Top speed 85 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 22 bhp
Max torque 16.4 ft-lb
Weight 148 kg
Seat height 790 mm
Fuel capacity 9 litres
Average fuel consumption 70 mpg
Tank range 170 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 7 of 17
Engine size 278 cc
Engine specification 4v l/c single, automatic
Frame Pressed steel
Front suspension adjustment none
Rear suspension adjustment preload
Front brakes 220mm disc
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 12
Rear tyre size 130/70 x 12

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3.5(1 review)

  • good but not great

    duc848

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    the MCN review is very very positive and although I like my GTV a lot it's not perfect. Firstly it's not a light scooter, with a 300cc lump and this seems to give the handling issues from the single sided suspension - there is a twisty feeling and the shocks aren't great, it isn't as planted as you may expect although to be fair I come from a sports bike background. There is a noticeable front end wobble and this is much discussed on GTV forums, I think its a back heavy machine which causes this. Day to day it's reliable and practical but its a heavy lump if you are trying to drag it into a front garden or manoeuvre it in a small space. It looks great and with the rack, under saddle and top-box storage can carry loads but its a shame the under saddle can't fit a full-face. The front rack and retro style are cool but sacrifice functionality as the headlamp on the mudguard is low and useless on low beam if its less than bright daylight so I use mine of full-beam full-time. Also the 'fly-screen' is for show only and annoyingly can't be swapped for a taller screen so weather can be intrusive. Look out for insurance too as Vespa's standard alarm isn't well viewed by insurance firms so this adds to the cost - very nickable apparently hence my extra locks/alarms. All in all I am happy and its very cool but you pay to be cool don't you? ;-)

    21 October 2014

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"refreshingly stable for a scooter" . This is something that annoys me about EURO NCAP also. I don't want to have a comparative measure I want an absolute measure. How does the Vespa compare to a commuter motorcycle. . People need to know what they are sacrificing for style and the badge.

06 January 2011 09:58

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