PIAGGIO VESPA GTS300 (2022 - on) Review


  • Range expands to four models
  • Suspension and brakes redesigned
  • More tech, but still 100% Vespa

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £120
Power: 24 bhp
Seat height: Medium (31.1 in / 790 mm)
Weight: Low (342 lbs / 155 kg)


New £6,000
Used £4,100 - £5,300

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

I find myself in Rome, atop a new Vespa GTS 300 – the biggest, best-equipped bike in the storied brand’s line-up – and absolutely enchanted. Piaggio’s premium offering have been building scoots since 1946 but introduced the Vespone (fans’ affectionate name for the largest, steel-bodied model) in 2003.

Since then it’s been through a number of engine offerings and additional features in its almost two decades on the road, culminating in this GTS 300 SuperTech, which is the most advanced version yet.

The styling has been tweaked sensitively to retain traditional cues while adding a modicum of modernity, and I reckon they’ve pulled that off brilliantly.

We’re riding it in the city its handling was honed, and it’s clear they’re pleased as punch with their product because some of Rome’s poorer road surfaces make the UK’s worst look like a pool table. And that’s saying something…

The styling of the Vespa GTS 300 has been modernised but retains those crucial classic lines

Watch: Vespa GTS 300 video review

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

This is a major improvement on the previous bike. The front suspension has been redesigned with an additional pull rod, which helps tame the bouncing of the 12-inch wheel over rough roads. It makes the bike pliant and predictable over cobbled streets and potholes in a way other scooters can struggle with.

Braking has been breathed on, with Brembo providing both master cylinders along with the rear caliper, and Nissin supplying the front. The levers themselves are angled further down for better comfort. We rode quickly and assertively for hours on end and finished thinking we could do it all again right away. The lever feel is progressive and positive, but will stop you rapidly given a good enough tug.

Furthermore, this bike is pretty much the perfect partner for urban riding. Its steering is light and direct but with loads of lock for rapid direction changes. It carves through traffic impressively well.

The new Vespa GTS 300 has redesigned suspension so it's more predictable on cobbled streets


Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Don’t expect Panigale performance, but considering this bike’s natural stomping ground – city centres packed with commuter traffic – the 300 HPE motor is just the job.

Mechanically it’s the same 278cc unit as introduced in 2019, albeit optimised for smoothness. Increased valve lift and a new multi-jet injector are controlled by the latest Magneti Marelli MIUG4 ECU, and additionally this allows the bike to be started with only two crankshaft revs – ideal for a quick getaway.

The step-through nature of the Vespa GTS 300 is great for a quick getaway

It feels a little on the sluggish side when I first pull away, seemingly not as keen to rev as I’d like, but the elastic nature of the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) didn’t help there either.

However, this twist-and-go is a seriously easy thing to ride, as well as sounding and feeling the part, although in my opinion a different end can would be a welcome addition to up the emotion a touch.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

A close inspection of the build quality of the bikes we rode in Rome reveals pleasingly high standards, which you’d expect given the premium positioning of the Vespa as Piaggio’s upper-class scooters.

The paint is rich and nicely applied, there aren’t any ugly welds and I couldn’t spot anything of concern about the overall finish.

Some of the switchgear on the bars did feel a little flimsy, though, leaving me wondering what it’d be like after a few years’ bustling through cities.

The Vespa GTS 300 is great for carving through cities

Older Vespas also suffered with corrosion due to their pressed steel construction, but given this is a new model time will tell whether this remains an issue.

Try not to miss any services, either – the drive belts are known to fail if not regularly checked. Luckily Vespa is offering fixed-price servicing to keep you covered.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
3 out of 5 (3/5)

The Vespa GTS 300 isn’t exactly cheap when compared with other scooters, but you’d expect that, being it’s the premium arm of the Piaggio operation. Prices start at £6k flat for a standard bike, with the Super £100 more, the SuperSport an additional £150 and the top-spec SuperTech weighing in at £6400. Rivals include the Yamaha XMAX 300, Honda Forza 350 and Honda’s SH350i.

The front end of the Vespa GTS 300 SuperTech has been redesigned to make it look more modern


4 out of 5 (4/5)

The level of kit on offer depends on the version of GTS 300 you’re going for, but all get keyless ignition, a ‘bike finder’ function that flashes the indicators when you press a button on the key, a glovebox and storage under the seat. The Vespa MIA connectivity system is optional on Classic spec, and on the GTS Super – the main difference between these bikes is the colourways on offer, which are more traditional on the former and sportier on the latter.

Moving up to GTS SuperSport means the MIA system is standard, while the GTS SuperTech gets the new TFT dashboard and carpet and lighting for the underseat storage area.

Vespa GTS 300 rear end showing new tail light, TFT dash and new seat

There’s also a glovebox with a USB connection to charge your devices while on the move. And on the subject of connectivity, download the Vespa app and you can connect your phone to this bike via Bluetooth. This will work with the optional Visor 3.0 lid, which has earphones and an intercom and will indeed fit under the seat.

Vespa GTS 300 clocks and bars


Engine size 278cc
Engine type 4v l/c single, CVT
Frame type Pressed steel
Fuel capacity 8.5 litres
Seat height 790mm
Bike weight 155kg
Front suspension Single-arm, no adjust
Rear suspension Single shock, preload and height adjust
Front brake 220mm disc
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 12
Rear tyre size 130/70 x 12

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 86 mpg
Annual road tax £52
Annual service cost £120
New price £6,000
Used price £4,100 - £5,300
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Top speed & performance

Max power 24 bhp
Max torque 19.2 ft-lb
Top speed 81 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range -

Model history & versions

Model history

  • 2003: First Vespa GTS introduced.
  • 2005: GTS 250 launched.
  • 2009: Vespa GTS 300 introduced.
  • 2014: ABS, traction control and infotainment added.
  • 2019: 300 HPE engine introduced.
  • 2021: GTS 300 75th anniversary model produced.
  • 2022: GTS 300 range revised, now four models – Classic, Super, SuperSport and SuperTech.

Other versions

Vespa GTS 125 available in the same trims, but suitable for learners who’ve passed a CBT and hold a provisional driving licence.

Owners' reviews for the PIAGGIO VESPA GTS300 (2022 - on)

1 owner has reviewed their PIAGGIO VESPA GTS300 (2022 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your PIAGGIO VESPA GTS300 (2022 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Engine: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Value vs rivals: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Equipment: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Annual servicing cost: £120
5 out of 5 Love the scooter
17 March 2023 by vanderpoold

Version: Super

Year: 2022

Annual servicing cost: £115

This is my 1st scooter. Upgraded from a Honda Fury. Since I retired, I have lost the feeling in my feet (Diabetic). After a bit of research, I found out I didn't need my feet to ride a scooter. So here I am with the Vespa Grand Daddy!

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

I've not had an issue at all with the brakes. I see others complaining. A good stiff pull (balancing between front and back) has always brought the scoot back under control or a good stop!

Engine 5 out of 5

This is where the scooter shines. Off the line at a red light can take just about anything on 4 wheels. Just a bit of vibration stopped at a red light (this has also improved with the newer models)... but not a big deal. Turn on the heat and this thing will not let you down.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

At this point, I've only put 500 miles on the scoot. When going over the initial purchase and demo, the dealer pointed out the tool kit. "But you will likely never need it".

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Uses 5w 40 wt oil (Euro version for cycles). Takes just over a qt (According to YouTube video by Robot of Vespa MotorSport on the West Coast CA). Oil filters easily available on Amazon. So much cheaper to do annual Oil Changes if you do it on your own.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Vespa does offer the gts 300 in lots of flavors. I have the Super (about the only way to get a red one). But most of the 'Add On' accessories are after market. I suppose with after market, you can customize as you like (Black or Chrome?... Short or Tall Wind Screen?). So after you buy the scoot, don't put the checkbook away... you've still got some 'buy'in' to do!

Buying experience: I bought mine from Metro Scooter in Cincinnati. Purchased mine as a 2022 leftover. These guys are true scooter buys. I would recommend them to anyone.

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