This is the Vespa 46 – a concept scooter that blends tradition with innovation – and I love it. Again, this design has many focal points that combine to give the high-art look and flair that Italian design is known for. The headlight and neckline look poised and elegant like a ballerina waiting for the music to start. The seat profile is just graceful, like an artist designed it with a simple sweep of the hand. Then there’s that sculpted, art-deco rear end with that subtle buttressing along the sides. The wheels are more like covers but they work well with the retro-inspired design. Last, there’s that mid-section, usually an empty space reserved for the rider’s legs, but here it’s been designed too. We see two parallel lines; one on the left, leading from the floor to the seat and the other on the right, leading from the floor to the front fairing. This forward facing stance of the scooter says that it’s eager to move, dance, even while laying still in wait.
It looks great in silver and even better in that pale blue. I believe it’s powered by a thoroughly modern 125cc engine, good for 11hp. When you look this good, the motor doesn’t really matter, does it? No mirrors and lack of storage space spells “concept only”, which is a shame, really.