/ 244 cc single cylinder
438.71 / 449.7 lbs
/ 15.48 lb-ft
22.5 bhp @ 9/8,250 rpm
/ 19.98 lbs per hp
/ 92 hp per liter
(From Piaggio Press
wheels — a revolutionary concept.
Piaggio launched the first Vespa model — and with it the scooter
phenomenon — in the spring of 1946. The scooter revolutionised
personal transport, giving Europeans a sense of utter freedom.
Sixty years on, Piaggio has come up with another revolutionary
product: the PIAGGIO MP3, a totally innovative three-wheeler with
two front wheels. The PIAGGIO MP3 provides safety, road grip and
stability levels that no two-wheeler can match. Power, performance
and ease of use make for a very entertaining ride.
The two front wheels of the PIAGGIO MP3 re-define the very concept
of ride stability to provide an unprecedented riding experience
The front assembly, with two independent tilting wheels, is far more
stable than any scooter. The PIAGGIO MP3 grips the road even when
tailing other vehicles, providing top performance in total safety.
The full extent of this three-wheeler’s stability can be tested on
wet asphalt or tough riding conditions that would sorely challenge a
In town and city traffic the PIAGGIO MP3 has no equal in terms of
safety. It takes on cobblestone streets, patchy asphalt and tram
tracks with the greatest of ease, remaining safe and stable all the
With its compact super-scooter size and exceptional manoeuvrability,
the PIAGGIO MP3 is at home in town traffic. It’s a cinch to park: an
electro-hydraulic suspension locking system means there is no need
to put the vehicle on its stand.
The PIAGGIO MP3 requires far less braking space than any scooter —
the three-disk braking system and exceptional front-end road holding
reduce braking space by 20 per cent compared to the best scooters.
The PIAGGIO MP3 comes into its own when heading out of town. Its
road grip, cornering safety and tilt angle are unprecedented for a
scooter, adding to the pleasure of riding different road surfaces at
The PIAGGIO MP3 offers unique and unprecedented riding pleasure.
This innovative vehicle marks the start of a new personal transport
revolution from Piaggio.
The cycle parts are the key element of the PIAGGIO MP3 project.
Innovative technical features and top-grade components make the
PIAGGIO MP3 a truly unique vehicle that re-invents the entire
The PIAGGIO MP3 frame in high-tensile steel tubes is the result of
the best CAD technology and computerized FEM (Finite Element Method)
analysis. Elements such as frame strength and weight were precisely
defined and tested from the initial phases of the project, with the
suitability of each solution checked at every stage. The innovative
parallelogram suspension, an original Piaggio design, is anchored to
the frame. The tilt mechanism is composed of four cast-aluminium
control arms with four hinges fixed to the central tube and two
guide tubes on either side of the parallelogram, connected to the
arms via suspension pins and ball bearings. The tubes on the right
and left enclose the steering tube in a classic singlearm setup.
The PIAGGIO MP3 uses three 12” wheels with large tyres — 120/70
front, 130/70 rear. Together with the revolutionary front
suspension, the wheels provide a tilt angle of up to 40_ while
riding like any normal two wheeler and simultaneously ensuring
better road grip on any surface, especially slippery tracks. The
parallelogram suspension also ensures increased stability at high
speeds: the PIAGGIO MP3 grips the road firmly, with no wobbling,
even when tailing large vehicles.
At the rear, the cycle parts feature a singlearm suspension with two
dual effect hydraulic shock absorbers, a helicoidal spring and
Besides its exceptional stability, the PIAGGIO MP3 also provides
brilliant braking thanks to three powerful linked brakes, 240 mm in
diameter, and the parallelogram suspension. The result is record
deceleration (about 8 m per second) with braking space reduced by
over 20 per cent on normal road surfaces and as much as 24 per cent
on slippery roads compared to a traditional two-wheel scooter.
The PIAGGIO MP3 has innovative, eye-catching styling while
maintaining a clear resemblance to the Piaggio GT (Gran Turismo)
range. The new two-wheel front assembly doesn’t detract in the least
from the PIAGGIO MP3’s sleek styling. Its size and proportions are
those of a normal compact GT scooter, with an overall front-end
width of only 420 mm.
As a result, the Piaggio MP3 can be type-approved as a standard two
CAD-designed down to the last detail, the PIAGGIO MP3 body offered
excellent protection starting from the wind tunnel, where it was
extensively tested. The front-end design is genuinely innovative in
terms of technical features and concept, with car-style bodywork
treatment. The headlamps and front fairing merge to form a single
unit that enhances the vehicle’s dynamic look as well as providing
extra rider protection.
Shock-resistant splashguards on either side of the front shield
protect the rider and the vehicle. The rear loading section has been
designed to offer maximum comfort and storage capacity: a boot lid
painted the same colour as the bodywork provides access to the under
seat storage. A substantial 65-litre storage capacity and dual
access to the storage area, from the boot lid as well as by flipping
up the seat, make the PIAGGIO MP3 extremely practical. The storage
area comfortably holds two full-face helmets, a small bag and
objects up to a metre in length. The under seat storage also has a
courtesy light and a seat cover for use when parking in rainy
The most advanced calculation programmes and three-dimensional
measurements were carried out from the initial phase of the PIAGGIO
MP3 project to enhance the vehicle’s ergonomics.
The result is a vehicle that offers top-of-the-line comfort, safety
and ease of use. The front shield provides exceptional protection.
An extremely comfortable seat adapted to riders of any size has been
made to measure for the PIAGGIO MP3. Generous padding and the shape
of the built-in backrest provide perfectly ergonomical seating,
while saddle height of a mere 780 mm from the ground makes the
vehicle easy to manoeuvre in any circumstances. The optimal height
difference between the front and the rear parts of the saddle and
ideally located rear handgrips ensure passenger comfort and
A handy remote control button on the ignition key opens the seat
lock and the rear boot lid.
Comfortable, agile, fun and easy to park: with the PIAGGIO MP3,
parking hassles are a thing of the past. Because of its innovative
three-wheel concept, the PIAGGIO MP3 is equipped with a
revolutionary electro-hydraulic front suspension locking system that
keeps the vehicle upright without using the usual central stand
(which is, however, also available). The rider simply presses a
switch on the handlebar to activate the system that stops the tilt
mechanism and park without using the stand. An electro-actuator
activates a central clamp on the tilt mechanism and generates
hydraulic pressure to lock the suspension dampers.
Once the rider has pressed the handlebar switch, the control unit
only activates the electro-actuator if the vehicle is travelling at
a speed in the range of 23 kph to 10 kph. The exact speed at which
this takes place depends on the level of deceleration: the greater
the deceleration, the higher the speed at which the tilt mechanism
locks. Additionally, the mechanism will not lock unless the
butterfly valve is closed and the engine is running at below 3000
To ensure rider safety, the tilt mechanism not only shuts off by
pressing the handlebar switch, but is also automatically deactivated
if vehicle speed exceeds 15 kph, if the butterfly valve is not fully
closed or if engine rpm is higher than 3000.
A lever on the inside of the front shield actions the parking brake,
making it safe to park without using the stand even on sloping
ground and making it possible to park the two front wheels where
there is a height difference of up to 20 cm.
The PIAGGIO MP3 dashboard provides comprehensive, at-a-glance trip
information. It includes a speedometer, fuel gauge, cooling liquid
temperature indicator, clock and partial and total mileage. Other
features are a fuel reserve indicator, oil pressure, turn signals,
low and high beam, seat or boot lid open warning and an Immobilizer
The rider can open the fuel cap and rear boot lid with a single
twist of the key in the ignition unit.
The PIAGGIO MP3 is available in two engine displacements, a Piaggio
Quasar 250 i.e. and a Leader 125.
The Quasar 250 i.e. is the all-new Piaggio 4-stroke, 4-valve,
liquid-cooled engine that already meets Euro 3 standards. The new
Quasar electronic injection series is the result of the Piaggio
engine division’s commitment to creating a truly top quality,
environment-friendly engine. The advanced closed loop injection with
a Lambda sensor, together with a three-way catalytic converter and
electronic ignition control system, considerably reduces emissions
as well as fuel consumption and provides immediate throttle
response. As a result, the PIAGGIO MP3 is fun to ride, quick off the
mark in town traffic and comfortable with short motorway trips as
well as extended touring.
The PIAGGIO MP3 125cc version uses a latest-generation 4-stroke,
4-valve, liquid-cooled Leader engine, also compatible with Euro 3
standards. The improved variator provides for an even smoother and
more progressive power output, enhancing the easy-ride features of
this engine category, perfectly suited to town commutes.
The PIAGGIO MP3 has an exceptional distance range thanks to low fuel
consumption by both engines (about 25 km/l) and a sizeable 12-litre
Piaggio has lined up a set of innovative dedicated accessories to
suit the exceptional PIAGGIO MP3 and let the rider personalise the
vehicle in many different ways to further enhance comfort.
Piaggio’s Winter Pack makes it possible to use the PIAGGIO MP3 all
year round, with protection in all seasons including sub-zero winter
temperatures. The Winter Pack includes:
An extra-large winter windscreen that offers total protection.
Equipped with hand protectors, the winter windscreen has been given
a special surface treatment that causes rain to slide off, ensuring
Thermal winter tyres made of a special composite that make it
possible to use the PIAGGIO MP3 on slippery roads.
Heated leg cover. Battery-powered pads create a snug feel under the
Heated waistcoat. Battery-powered heated pads provide extra
protection in particularly cold weather.
The innovative PIAGGIO MP3 also comes with a range of optional
TOM TOM Rider GPS navigator with wireless Bluetooth link and 3.5”
Piaggio X-Jet Bluetooth Intercom helmet with a built-in
communication system to let rider and passenger talk or use a mobile
phone in total safety.
Disk lock anti-theft device with siren.
The range of accessories includes other items to make the PIAGGIO
MP3 even more practical to use:
Rear rack with flip-down plate: makes it possible to use the rear
boot lid even with a top case mounted.
48-litre rear top case: together with the large under seat storage
area, it gives the vehicle overall storage capacity of over 110
Windscreen with built-in hand protectors.
Remote-controlled electronic anti-theft device.
Dedicated helmets: the X-Jet for town use, the X-Tour, a comfortable
modular helmet and the X-Sport, an ultra-light fibreglass full-face
The PIAGGIO MP3 is available in four metallic colours that enhance
its size and styling: Sky Blue, Ruby Red, Excalibur Grey and