THE Vespa Notte (“notte” is Italian for “night”) is the special series available for the 150cc version of the Vespa Sprint) and the 300cc variant of the Vespa GTS Super — meaning two of the most recent large-frame Vespa scooters.
Fittingly, the Notte versions are marked by an opaque black chassis combined with numerous gloss-black details, such as the mirrors, ornaments of the classic “tie” on the front shield, the handlebar ends, the passenger handle, and the extractable foot pegs of the GTS Super Notte. The scooters’ wheels and muffler guards are also in gloss-black.
The Sprint Notte is powered by an air-cooled, four-stroke, single-cylinder 150cc engine with electronic fuel injection and a three-valve head. The engine makes 13hp at 7,750rpm and 12.8Nm at 6,500rpm, an output Vespa assured is enough for “particularly lively acceleration” given the light weight of the scooter.
The Vespa GTS 300 Super Notte has a four-stroke, four-valve, liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine with electronic fuel injection. It puts out 21hp at 7,750rpm and 22 Nm at 5,000 rpm. These figures, Vespa said, ensure “prompt acceleration and particularly brilliant performance, making the large frame special version Vespa the perfect vehicle to move about comfortably both in city traffic and for outdoor travel.”