Eicma 2018: Piaggio update MP3 range with 300 hpe models
Piaggio have updated their quirky three-wheeled MP3 range to include the new MP3 300 hpe and hpe Sport, which claim to be more agile and compact than other maxi scooters on the market, whilst remaining rideable on a car driving licence.
Powered by Piaggio's 300cc four valve, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, four stroke engine producing 24.3bhp at 7750rpm, the new bike enjoys a 16% power increase over the previous incarnation of the engine, with torque levels also up by 9% to 18.1ft-lb at 6500rpm.
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A twist-and-go continuous variable transmission also helps with inner-city riding and the whole engine is controlled by a Magneti Marelli ECU.
New Piaggio styling
Alongside updates to the motor, the bike has also received tweaks to the styling, complete with new LED daytime running lights and a neat in-built tinted front screen to help with wind buffeting. Sporty mudguards are now also painted to match the body of the bike and help complement the five split-spoke front rims. LED parking and brake lights are also housed in a sleek tail section that helps complete the modern design.
Available in a multitude of colour schemes, the MP3 300 also promises to be both extremely comfortable and practical, with both the rider and pillion seats split onto two separate levels.
The rider’s saddle has been designed to allow easy contact with the ground and there is plenty of lumbar support to remain comfortable during extended journey times. The pillion foot pegs have also been designed to fold away neatly by integrating them within the fairings.
Plenty of luggage
Hidden under the seat is a spacious storage area capable of taking two open-face helmets. Loading this space is also easy, thanks to a spring-loaded mechanism that keeps the seat open until actively shut by the user.
A small storage area can also be found above the instrument cluster, complete with a USB connection for recharging smaller electronic devices on the move.
MP3 300 hpe Sport
The MP3 300 hpe Sport stands out from the standard machine, due to a range of subtle tweaks to the bike’s outward appearance. Both the front and rear shock absorber springs are now red, with red detailing also appearing on the matt black rims.
Finished in pastel white, glossy pastel grey or black, there are also wavy front discs and aluminium inserts installed in the foot boards as standard.