Iconic scooter brand Lambretta (Vespa challenger) coming back to India

The Lambretta brand is a well-known name among the automotive enthusiasts in India. The Italian scooter was assembled in India during the 1950s to 1990s under license from the brand. The brand had vanished from the market and now it makes a comeback in EICMA. The scooters will be built in Taiwan and will enter the European market in 2018, before moving into the other markets.

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Lambretta will launch the V50 Special, V125 Special and V200 Special as the first products after the resurrection. Lambretta revealed the scooters at the EICMA show and the Indian market is expected to get the new scooters by 2019.

All the three new models will share the same platform and will also have similar dimensions. The smallest of the three scooters will be the V50 which will be powered by 49.5cc, air-cooled, carburetted, single-cylinder motor. It produces a maximum of 3.5 Bhp at 7,500 rpm and 3,4 Nm of torque. The V125 gets 124.7cc fuel injected engine that produces 10.1 Bhp at 8,500 rpm and 9.2 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm.

The V200 will be the most premium scooter of the lot and it will be powered by a 168.9cc fuel injected engine that produces a maximum of 12.1 Bhp at 7,500 rpm and 12.5 Nm of peak torque at 5,500 rpm.

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All the V Specials will get modern features like LED headlamps and turn signals. There will telescopic suspension at the front as standard too. Lambretta will offer 220mm hydraulic disc brake at front and a 110 mm drum brake at the rear with all the three models. The V125 will get the combined braking system and the V200 will offer ABS. There will be a 12V charging socket present in all the three scooters too.

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As per ACI, the Innoceti S.A, owner of the Lambretta brand is currently in the process of acquiring a distribution system in India and may also start manufacturing or assembling the scooters in the country. Nothing official has been announced yet.