News 2011 Piaggio Mp3 Sport | Euro Preview

2011 Piaggio Mp3 Sport | Euro Preview

2011 Euro Scooter

Piaggio Mp3, the first three-wheeled motor scooter with two wheels on the front, sports a new, stylish white livery.

Thanks to many exclusive details, this special version offers the same versatility and safety features typical of the Mp3 family in a dynamic, decisive looking package enhanced by the white bodywork and contrasting black accents.

The decisive, gritty look of the Mp3 “Sport” is a savvy mix of elegance – with its sleek white paintwork – and sporting accents provided by the many dark details. Such contrasting elements combine together to convey a feeling of strength and character, anticipating the performance levels of the modern 300cc and 400cc engines.

Among the distinctive features of the new Mp3 “Sport” are the 10-spoke wheels, the inner coating of the headlight assemblies, the front cowl and passenger handgrips with their gritty, shiny black colour theme, as well as the burnished plates.

The protective fume windshield further enhances the racing look. The broad, ergonomic saddle provides maximum comfort and ample space for rider and passenger, while its premium materials and red relief stitching make a bold statement about the sporty character of the new Mp3 “Sport”.

Gritty and eye-catching, Piaggio Mp3 “Sport” maintains all the advanced solutions, as well as the safe, fun-riding characteristics that have made the first three-wheel scooter such an outstanding success.

Mp3 300ie “Sport” is equipped with the new water-cooled Piaggio single-cylinder 4-stroke 4-valve 300cc engine with electronic injection, definitely more torquey than its 250cc predecessor (delivering 23.2 Nm at 6,500 rpm compared to the 21 Nm of the 250).

On the road, these numbers translate flexibility and pick-up from low speeds that turns any route into a riding pleasure.

The brand-new 300 cc also boasts an absolutely impressive technological supremacy: state of the art Ride by Wire technology for electronic throttle control.

The Piaggio Mp3 300ie “Sport” does not have any mechanical connection between the throttle grip control and the throttle valve located in the intake duct that modulates the amount of air to mix with the petrol.

The result of the electronic control is an optimized air/fuel mixture, which turns into smoother power delivery and therefore into enhanced riding comfort, lowers consumption and fewer emissions.

The 400cc Piaggio engine is a 4-valve, 4-stroke unit with liquid cooling and electronic fuel injection. This engine is the top of the Mp3 range with a power output of 34 hp at 7,500 rpm and 37.6 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm.

Piaggio Mp3 300 ie “Sport” – Technical Specifications

Engine

Single cylinder 4

stroke, 4-valve engine with electronic fuel injection and catalytic converter

Engine capacity

278 cc

Bore x stroke

75 mm / 63 mm

Power

22.4 hp at 7,500 rpm

Torque

23.2 Nm at 6,500 rpm

Timing system

Single overhead

camshaft (SOHC) – 4 valves

Fuel system

Electronic fuel

injection with Ride By Wire throttle control

Cooling

Liquid

Lubrication

Wet sump

Starting

Electric

Transmission

Twist-and-go CVT with

torque server

Clutch

Automatic, centrifugal

dry clutch

Frame

Double cradle in high

strength tubular steel

 Front suspension

Articulated

quadrilateral consisting of four aluminium arms sustaining two steering

tubes, and pull rod suspension geometry with offset wheel axle – Wheel

travel: 85 mm

Rear suspension

Double dual action

hydraulic shock absorbers – Travel: 110 mm

Front brake

Two 240 mm discs

Rear brake

240 mm Ø disc

Front wheel rim

Aluminium alloy

12″ x 3.00

Rear wheel rim

Aluminium alloy

14″ x 3.75

Front tyre

Tubeless 120/70-12”

Rear tyre

Tubeless 140/60-14”

Length/Width

2,130 mm / 745 mm

Wheelbase

1,490 mm

Seat height

780 mm

Fuel tank capacity

12 litres

Emissions compliance

EURO 3

Piaggio Mp3 400 ie “Sport” – Technical Specifications

Engine

Single cylinder 4

stroke, 4-valve engine with electronic fuel injection and catalytic converter

 Engine capacity

398.9 cc

 Bore x stroke

85.8 mm / 69 mm

 Max. power

34 hp at 7,500 rpm

 Max. Torque

37.6 Nm at 5,500 rpm

 Cooling

Liquid

 Starter

Freewheel electric

starter motor with torque limiter

 Transmission

Twist-and-go CVT with

torque server

 Chassis

Double cradle in high

strength tubular steel

 Front suspension

Articulated

quadrilateral consisting of four aluminium arms sustaining two steering

tubes, and pull rod suspension geometry with offset wheel axle – Wheel

travel: 85 mm

Rear suspension

Double dual action

hydraulic shock absorbers – Travel: 110 mm

 Front brake

Two 240 mm discs

 Rear brake

240 mm Ø disc

 Front wheel rim

Aluminium alloy

12″ x 3.00

 Rear wheel rim

Aluminium alloy

14″ x 4.50

 Front tyre

Tubeless 120/70-12”

Rear tyre

Tubeless 140/60-14”

 Length/Width

2,180 mm / 745 mm

 Wheelbase

1,550 mm

 Seat height

785 mm

 Fuel tank capacity

12 litres

Emissions

compliance

EURO 3

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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