The Vespa VXL 150 is a cosmetically updated and more powerful version of the Vespa VX 125 scooter. It also happens to be one of the first 150cc Vespa scooters to be launched in India.
The styling of the Vespa VXL 150 harks back to the retro design of the old-school Vespa scooters, which gives it a simple and clean look. It gets a host of trendy features, an electronic display in the instrument cluster and a new mode button on the switch gear. The new-for-2018 instrument cluster has Bluetooth connectivity as standard, with features like the ability to find service centres nearby using GPS. Owners can also use it to track their Vespa. The VXL 150 also a feature called ‘Find Me’ that allows the owner to find it in a crowded parking lot. Chrome has been liberally used on the round headlamp, mirrors, parts of the front suspension and the grab rail. The seat has been revamped to offer more comfort for the rider and pillion. The alloy wheels have also been redesigned.
The Vespa VXL 150, like all other Vespa scooters, is built on a steel monocoque chassis. Though Vespa offers fuel-injected engines in its other global models, the Indian customers have to make do with a carburetted one. The Vespa VXL 150 is powered by a new 150cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine. This engine delivers 11bhp and 11Nm of torque, through a CVT gearbox.
Vespa has upgraded the tyre setup of the Vespa VXL 150, to offer better riding dynamics. The front 11-inch and the rear 10-inch alloy wheels now get broader 110-70 and 120-70 section Maxxis tubeless tyres. The front wheel gets a 200mm disc brake, while the rear wheel gets a 140mm drum brake.
The Vespa VXL 150 doesn’t have any rivals in the Indian market. It comes in eight paint schemes – green, yellow, white, red, matte black, matte red, matte yellow, and blue. Optional accessories include a front chrome bumper guard, a perimeter kit and a retro visor. The VXL 150 competes with the other 150cc offering from Piaggio Group – the Aprilia SR 150.