Gilera GP 800 Scooter | Euro Preview

2011 Gilera Scooter

The whole notion of scooters being docile little excuses for two-wheel transportation, with only vague resemblance to a full fledge motorcycle, has been gradually undone over the past decade.

Increasingly, manufacturers have begun offering a wider array of models to garner market share. And nothing quite grabs attention like size and claims to being the most powerful and fastest.

In keeping with this theme, Gilera boasts having the world’s fastest and most powerful scooter, the GP 800. That’s right, 839cc of muscle hiding beneath a shapely veneer of Italian bodywork.

Gilera is positioning the GP 800 as having all the benefits of a traffic savvy scooter for inner city commuting but with enough spirit to take to the open highway, allowing the owner to feel like a legitimate part of the motorcycle clan.

At the heart of the scooter is a liquid-cooled, V-twin engine with four valves per cylinder and electronic ignition. The result: 75 horsepower, which earns the GP 800 status as the fastest, most powerful scooter available.

An automatic transmission makes the Gilera easy to master while ergonomics are suited to all day comfort, making the scooter an actual candidate for medium to long-range touring.

The new double cradle steel tube frame provides the GP 800 with open road stability without compromising inner city maneuverability. The Piaggio-developed V-twin was designed for performance with reliability but within the company’s self-imposed mandates at being an industry leader with respect for the environment.

Performance is one aspect, design flow is another. Gilera culls from a rich Italian heritage, infusing the GP 800 with an attractive design flow of bodywork lines and wedged aerodynamics. Hollow five spoke aluminum alloy wheels (16″ front/15″ rear) help reduce un-sprung weight, aiding suspension response and improving handling.

Dual 300mm discs mated to Brembo calipers on the front and a single 280mm disc on the back work in concert with the V-twin’s available engine braking to provide exceptional stopping performance.

The Gilera GP 800, redefining exactly where a scooter ends and a motorcycle begins.

GILERA GP 800: Specifications

Engine90° longitudinal V-twin, 4 stroke.
Engine capacity839.3 cc.
Bore88 mm.
Stroke69 mm.
Compression ratio10.5 : 1.
Max power at driveshaft75 hp (55.16 kW) at 7,750 rpm
Max torque73 Nm at 5,750 rpm
ExhaustClosed loop

system with Lambda probe and three-way catalytic converter.
Timing systemSOHC (single

overhead camshaft), 4 valves, electronic fuel injection.

inductive discharge ignition, variable timing. Electronic control unit with

engine immobiliser and warning LED. Automatic fuel shutoff in case of

tip-over. Twin spark ignition.
CoolingLiquid with

three-way thermostat.
GearsBelt primary

drive. CVT (continuously variable transmission) with engine braking effect. Chain final drive.
ClutchCentrifugal clutch.
FrameDouble cradle,

high strength tubular steel trellis.
Front suspension41 mm aluminium

alloy telescopic hydraulic fork; 122 mm wheel travel.
Rear suspensionAluminium alloy

swingarm with laterally mounted, horizontal, hydraulic monoshock. Seven-position spring preload

adjustment. 130 mm vertical wheel travel
Front brakeDouble, 300 mm

semi-floating stainless steel discs with two Brembo double piston floating

Rear brake280 mm stainless

steel disc; floating caliper with two opposing pistons.
Front wheel rimDie-cast aluminium alloy, 3.50×16”.
Rear wheel rimDie-cast aluminium alloy, 4.50×15”.
Front tireTubeless radial, 120/70  R 16”.
Rear tireTubeless radial, 160/60  R 15”.
Length2,230 mm
Width800 mm
Wheelbase1,585 mm
Seat height780 mm
Fuel tank capacity18.5 litres (including 3 litre reserve).
Max speedApprox. 200 km/h
EmissionsEuro 3
Max angle of lean (rider

Acceleration (0 – 100 km/h)5.7 sec
Engine90° longitudinal V-twin, 4 stroke.
Engine capacity839.3 cc.