Piaggio Brings More Power, Connectivity and Rider Assist to Scooters

Piaggio has launched a new model of its urban mobility gamer-changer, the three-wheeled scooter Piaggio MP3

The Piaggio MP3 is the world’s first scooter featuring ARAS (Advanced Rider Assistance Systems), with a suite of rider aid functions based on Imaging Radar 4D technology developed by Piaggio Fast Forward, the Piaggio Group’s robotics subsidiary operating in Boston, US. On top of all this is a feature-packed full color 7-inch TFT instrument panel, keyless start, connectivity with navigation and, on the 530 hpe Exclusive version, cruise control and a reverse function with rear view camera.

The new Piaggio MP3 range is made up of three versions powered by engines of the hpe (high performance engine) family. The Piaggio MP3 400 hpe and Piaggio MP3 400 hpe Sport are equipped with the 400cc variant, with more than 34.5bhp, while the range-topping Piaggio MP3 530 hpe Exclusive features the new 530cc unit, with a record power output for this class of over 43bhp. The 530 version also boasts more torque than the prior 500cc unit.

New controls let the rider access and use the features and functions available, such as the Piaggio MIA connectivity system, which includes symbol-based navigation and, on the 530 hpe Exclusive, rider-selectable engine maps (Comfort, Eco and Sport) and cruise control. The display also offers a clear view of the feed from the rear camera when in reverse mode and provides the rider with safety related information from the BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) and LCDAS (Lane Change Decision Aid System) functions of the ARAS rider assistance system.

The new Piaggio MP3 will be available at European dealerships after summer priced from about £8,950 ($11,283) for the standard version of the MP3 400 hpe or £9,375 ($11,819) for the Sport variant. The range-topping Piaggio MP3 530 hpe Exclusive, on the other hand, is priced at about £11,080 ($13,969) on the road.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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