India-bound Lambretta Relaunching in Australia on August 25
Italian scooter brand Lambretta returns to Australia on August 25th with six models – – V50, V50 Special, V125, V125 Special, V200 and the V200 Special – through nine dealerships across the country.
The scooters will come in 50cc, 125cc or 169cc models in V and V Special variants differentiated by the front guard. While the Vs get a ‘flex fender’ that turns with the wheel, the V Specials use a fixed fender – a signature Lambretta design that originally made its debut on the TV175 in 1957. All six variants are steel-bodied, based on the same platform and sport identical dimensions.
The least powerful of the line is the V50, which is powered by a 49.5cc, air-cooled, carburetted, a single-cylinder motor that makes 3.5hp at 7,500rpm and 3.4Nm of torque at 6,500rpm. The engine is belt-driven by a CVT, a configuration that is common to all three models. The V125 features a 124.7cc fuel-injected motor that produces 10.1hp at 8,500rpm and 9.2Nm of torque at 7,000rpm, figures that are very similar to 125cc scooters we see in India. The V200’s motor, also fuel-injected, displaces 168.9cc and makes 12.1hp at 7,500rpm and 12.5Nm of torque at 5,500rpm.
Interestingly, these Lambrettas have a 770mm seat height, which is the same as on the Vespa 125 and 150 offered in India. The wheelbase, at 1,330mm, is about 40mm longer than the current Vespa range in India.
As per the manufacturer’s representatives at EICMA, a manufacturing/assembly set-up is preferred for India (keeping in mind costs and volumes), Lamvrettas will be relaunched in India most likely in 2019 as the company is in the process of assessing a distribution system and will take on the likes of the Vespa’s.