MOTORCYCLE.COM AWARDS THE GTS 300 HPE AS THE BEST SCOOTER OF 2019
Who would’ve thought the Scooter category would be the one to tear apart our once happy and cohesive team, leaving it in tattered shreds of its former glory? Sometimes it’s up to the youngest and brightest to stand up to the old guard to bring to light what is honest and true. [Easy there, Sparky. —Ed.] And that, in this case, is bestowing the 2020 Vespa GTS 300 HPE platform with Motorcycle.com’s Scooter of the Year award.
The latest Vespa GTS to come out of Pontedera brings with it a host of upgrades. For starters, the new HPE (High Performance Engine) is a ripper. Vespa claims maximum power comes in at 23.8 hp at 8,250 rpm, which translates into a 12% increase, while maximum torque is just over 19 lb-ft at 5,250 rpm, an 18% increase. The engine is peppy and lively while delivering enough torque from a standstill to easily turn traffic into a mere memory in your rearview. Styling updates come by way of new LED front headlight and rear lights, while the new front section features a redesigned shield. Also new is the shape of the handlebar, the chrome crest of the front mudguard, the rear-view mirrors, the side panels and engine covers as well as the grills on either of the shield which share a honeycomb design. To top it off, a new seat has been added for greater rider and passenger comfort. The new GTS 300 HPE platform also includes traction control as well as other technology such as Bluetooth connectivity and TFT display found on the SuperTech trim package.
With these updates, the Vespa GTS 300 HPE platform makes its way to the top step in this year’s Motorcycle.com’s Best Scooter category.