Today the Vespa 946 re-affirms its legend. Inspired by the WWII-era MP6 prototype, designed by Corradino D’Ascanio back in 1946, it enhances the classical values of tradition: the shape of the handlebar, the proportions of the fairing, the plunging curves of the saddle all come from the earliest drawings. This is a craftsman’s approach in a futuristic dimension.
Unique as the year in which it was born, 2013, it carries the name Novecentoquarantasei (946) of the prototype it pays tribute to. The Vespa 946 is a pure expression of a style synonymous, in the minds of millions of travellers and devotees, with freedom of movement and expression. A far-sighted projection of sustainable mobility, whose form and substance crystallise the fundamental aesthetic and dynamic values of the history of the two-wheeler.
More than just that, the 946 is actually made to man’s measure. And to the measure of the universe. Low consumption and reduced emissions, fully digital instrumentation, a throbbing technological heart, perfect for long distances and city travel. Certainly, the way to guard against imitations, is to look beyond the immediate future. The Vespa 946 has done exactly that by showcasing ABS braking and ASR traction control. Plus, the 4-stroke 125 cc monocylinder engine is a response to requirements that may still be nascent. And it guarantees the best performance in its category. Electronic injection, three-valve distribution, reduced friction and improved fluid dynamics sharply reduce consumptionand emissions, establishing a new benchmark over and beyond current regulations.
And when the Vespa 946 moves along the production line, then it really becomes a unique item. From the first stitching on the leather handle grips to the final polish, everything is done by hand, with the same care as a couturier for his creations. From the press shop to the tumble finishing, the attention and passion is that of an artist’s atelier.
Because a craftsman is an artist. And yes. To sum up, only those who have made mobility history can imagine its future. And those Italians over in Pontedera know this too well.