In case anyone thought small-displacement motorcycles weren’t eco-friendly enough, Piaggio equipped its 2011 Vespa S 150, LX 150 and LXV 150 models with new 150cc electronic fuel-injected engines (MSRP: start at $4,399).
Consuming 15 percent less fuel than its predecessor, the new powerplant wrings up to 85 miles out of each gallon of gas. The new Vespa models are capable of reaching 60 mph.
Piaggio says the electronic fuel injection system on the new 150cc injected engine ensures the air and fuel mixture in the combustion chamber is optimized at all times and allows the single-cylinder unit to pick up more smoothly and progressively from lower engine speeds.
“Vespas are one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to contribute toward a cleaner, greener transportation landscape, and our new fuel-injected 150cc engine range makes it even simpler,” Paolo Timoni, CEO of Piaggio USA, said in a press release. “Mid-scooters like the Vespa S 150 i.e., LX 150 i.e. and LXV 150 i.e. are tailor-made for confident urban commuting, and a 15 percent increase in fuel-efficiency is yet another great reason to add a scooter to your garage this Spring.”