Piaggio Plans To Launch The Typhoon 150cc Scooter In India After Vespa

by Joy on December 19, 2012

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After a long dormant state in two wheelers, Piaggio finally struck success with its premium scooter, the Vespa LX125 in India. Although its pricing is on the higher side compared to its competitors, what makes it stand aside and command such a price is its iconic looks and premium feel. After having a good response with the Vespa, Piaggio is now planning on bringing in the 150cc Piaggio Typhoon. It is expected that the company will be bringing this to India in mid 2013. The international version features a 125cc engine but Piaggio feels that another 125cc engine would kill the demand of the vespa. This is why the Typhoon will be getting the Piaggio Fly’s 150cc engine for India alone. Now that is some special treatment!

With the 150cc engine, the Typhoon would become perhaps the first scooter to sport MPFI fuel injection in a scooter. The 150cc version churns out 11.4 BHP of power at 7750 RPM and a healthy 11.5 NM of torque at 6000 RPM. Piaggio claims that the CVT automatic gearbox used along with the engine can deliver a fuel efficiency figure of 32kmpl. Top speed is claimed at 100 kmph. It will also have a decent range of more than 200 kms with a fuel tank capacity of 7 litres. Talking about the looks, the front fascia with its centrally placed headlamps has a unique styling. It also sports broad tires making it look very sporty. Piaggio will obviously be targeting the young Indian crowd with this scooter and with such a styling it surely will find many buyers too.

Other features include 220mm disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. It also gets a sturdy looking front telescopic forks and an aluminum swingarm at the rear. It is expected to be priced in the bracket of Rs. 85,000 to Rs. 90,000 (ex-showroom).

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Source: MotorBeam

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mvkss sandeep December 19, 2012 at 11:33 pm

WTF! 114Bhp! Keep a Dot Between11 and 4

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Naveen December 20, 2012 at 6:49 am

How an 150cc bike gives 114bhp output…Although a scooter price is around 1 lakh. I think it will not go well…

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RKS December 20, 2012 at 9:14 am

Is it 114BHP or 14 BHP????? Pls correct.

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faisal December 20, 2012 at 2:25 pm

I guess its 11.4 BHP.

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Shalu December 20, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Haha..150cc scooter with 114bhp..i hope u meant 11.4Bhp..& top speed of just 100? My Blaze with its 165cc engine gives 12bhp of power & top speed of 120
If they price this at 1lakh no one will buy this!

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crazywheels December 20, 2012 at 8:19 pm

India had a Kinetic blaze 167 cc in the market. it was a good one except in maintenance and mileage. Now we can experience new level of scooters.

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sachin December 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Common guys its understandable an 11.4 bhp power.

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Faann December 22, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Oh!The editor removed my comment that it’s 14 BHP.

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Faann December 23, 2012 at 7:07 pm

OK they changed it to 11.4 BHP. Sorry Bikeadvice editor!

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crazywheels December 22, 2012 at 6:57 pm

it may be 11.4 HP or 14 Hp..Any way its underpowered for a 1 L pricetag.

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true December 23, 2012 at 9:58 pm

The Piaggio Vespa is surprisingly selling in decent numbers despite the high price. In Bangalore, the Vespa 125 costs Rs. 80,000. The color and finish of the Vespa is definitely better than the rest and looks costly, so people with money are willing to pay extra.

But this new 150cc scooter does not seem to have that premium finish. It looks more of cheap plastic. I doubt if people will pay extra for it.

But the 150cc engine and biger 12-inch wheels with disc brake are really exciting.

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Reeto December 24, 2012 at 11:58 am

The Kinetic Blaze was rated at 12 bhp and had a Company tested top speed of 105 kmph. The Blaze was blessed by Kinetic with the most unreliable rear suspension ever seen on a scooter. This in turn led to decreased stability on wet surfaces. The Blaze’s clutch was also a matter of huge concern, it wore out very fast and demanded replacement frequently.

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sachin December 25, 2012 at 11:04 am

honda can easily beat this vespa model with its SH150i model currently sold in vietnam.

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crazywheels December 25, 2012 at 8:00 pm

But they will not launch any sizzling models in India. They are only focussing on executive styling vehicles in India…Wake up Honda..

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Graham Smith January 10, 2013 at 7:48 am

If this article is accurate, then bad idea from Piaggio. The Fly as 125 or 150 would be much more suitable, more economic and not at this stupid price. Very niche product the Typhoon. They tried that with the Vespa and then had to introduce a radical price drop. Is it opium or ganja that their marketing department runs on?

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Syed January 10, 2013 at 6:03 pm

price is a big offfff!!!!!!!!

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achiever January 14, 2013 at 10:11 am

It would be great to see such scooters in India. Currently, except Honda Dio and Piaggio Vespa, all other scooters sold here looks plane jane, remarkably similar and doesn’t stand out.

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