Lambretta, the iconic scooter brand remained absent for quite a long time from the global production since it was defunct in 1972. However, it has now has made a comeback with three new models at the 2017 EICMA after a long time. The all-new V-special scooters from the company are offered with company’s traditional styling cues and available in three different engine capacities - V50, V125, V200.
All the three scooters receive different powertrains and will be available in two different variants - Fixed Fender and Flex Fender. The scooters are designed with modern underpinnings but retain the company's traditional styling features. At the front, the models feature an LED headlight, turn-indicators and an LCD instrument panel with Bluetooth connectivity feature. The body is nicely designed with edgy lines all over. An LED unit has also been provided at the rear end. Adding to all these, there is a 12V charging socket present which facilitates mobile charging.
In terms of braking and handling, the scooters feature a 220mm disc brake at the front wheel and a 110mm rear drum brake. Upfront, the models get a telescopic fork to damp the jerks of the uneven roads to provide smooth riding experience. The V200 is the only model among the three to receive a Bosch ABS unit.
Mechanically, the V50 model is driven by a 50cc engine, which delivers a maximum power output of 3.5 bhp and a peak torque of 3.5 Nm. The V125 variant is powered by a 125cc engine that manages to produce a maximum power output of 10 bhp against a peak torque of 9.2 Nm. Lastly, the V200 version receives a 170cc engine to derive a maximum power output of 12 bhp and a peak torque of 12.5 Nm. All these V-special engines are air-cooled, Euro-IV compliant and are mated to a CVT gearbox.
The Lambretta V-Special Scooters are expected to go down for sale in the European markets by mid-2018, while the Indian audience can expect the model to arrive latest by 2019. Once launched, these scooters will compete against the Vespa range.