Italian manufacturer took the wraps off the brand new MP3 Touring which will be available with the classic 125, 300 and 400 engine sizes, which are now joined by an all-new 500cc version offered in Sport and Business spec levels. The evolved styling of the new MP3 Touring is immediately evident at first glance. While retaining a distinct resemblance with the rest of the MP3 family, the new Touring boasts a new honeycomb front grille and a satin-finish centre moulding in the front shield.
The design of the windscreen is also completely new and offers even more protection than before. The new windscreen is adjustable, with three different settings. The new design of the top fairing has also freed up space for a practical storage pocket with three compartments under the windscreen. Other new features are the hand grips, with improved grip and ergonomics, the silver colour finish of the wheels, and the saddle, which is now upholstered with new materials and enhanced with relief stitching.
The MP3 Touring 500 is offered in two different spec levels: “Sport” and “Business”. The “Sport” offers all the new technological and functional features of the Touring range, but enhanced with a number of race-inspired details, such as aluminium footpegs, silver saddle stitching and sleeker, more aerodynamic rear view mirrors which, together with the dedicated Matt Grey colour scheme and the aggressive black finish of the wheels, the grab handle, the exhaust heat shield and the headlight tub, emphasise the sporty character of this variant.
For those looking for performance but with more restrained, elegant looks, there is the MP3 Touring 500 in the exclusive “Business” spec level, offered in the dedicated Perla White, Perseo Bronze and Orione Grey colour schemes – which come with a brown saddle and matching trim for the passenger grab handle, and with a chrome finish for the exhaust heat shield – or in sophisticated Cosmo Black with a black saddle. This variant also boasts all the new features of the Touring family.
As for the engines, the MP3 Touring is offered with a comprehensive range (125, 300, 400 and 500 cc) of 4-stroke, liquid cooled engines with electronic injection. The latest generation 125cc engine now has a revised CVT transmission, for even smoother and more progressive power delivery. The 300cc engine with electronic fuel injection delivers 22.5 hp at 7,500 rpm, and produces a maximum torque of 23.2 Nm at 6,500 rpm: these figures translate to superlative responsiveness and even sparkling performance, making the Touring 300 ie capable of long range commuting in complete comfort. The 125 and 300 versions introduce a groundbreaking technological first for their classes: state of the art Ride by Wire technology, which electronically controls the throttle valve in the intake duct to regulate the fuel air mixture with absolute precision.
The Piaggio MP3 Touring 400 is driven by the powerful and reliable, 4-stroke, 4-valve, liquid cooled and electronically fuel injected 400cc engine, producing an impressive 34 hp at 7,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 37.6 Nm at 5,500 rpm.
The MP3 Touring 500 boasts a 492 cc liquid cooled 4-stroke powerplant with twin-spark ignition, 4 valves and electronic fuel injection, producing 40 hp at 7,250 rpm and a maximum torque of 44 Nm at 5,500 rpm. The introduction of a twin spark plug system optimises combustion in the cylinder, reducing both noise and exhaust emissions. The result is a flexible, high performance engine with plenty of low and mid range torque, giving the MP3 Touring 500ie a top speed approaching 145 km/h, with total respect for the environment ensured by the advanced “closed loop” injection system with an oxygen sensor and a three-way catalytic converter.