Lambretta Vendetta Design Drawings by Kiska

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Love these design concept renderings for the new Lambretta Vendetta by Kiska, Europe’s largest independent design agency, who had the task of creating a modern version of the world’s finest motor scooter. They had a tough brief… they were told:

  • NOT to ‘go retro’… but instead find out the core Lambretta DNA and develop that.
  • Appeal to new generation of Lambrettisti
  • Less is more – but use simplicity in design to extend functionality
  • Use premium materials – more metal, less plastic*

Well, I think they’ve nailed that brief. Initial feedback from the launch of the Vendetta has been generally excellent. There have been grumblings from some of the ‘old school’, but even they have admitted ‘it wasn’t designed for them’.

There will always be a place for the classic Lambretta, and there are innovations today than ever to keep our magnificent machines on the road. But the Vendetta is a Lambretta for the 21st century, to take on the likes of the Vespa 946. I think it meets that niche admirably!

Now… back to the pics 🙂

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Lambretta Vendetta, a few technical updates…

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A couple of things I’ve picked up on the new Lambretta Vendetta… here’s a close up of the LCD headlight display unit. Interesting to see the the Bluetooth icon, showing Bluetooth connectivity. There’s an App that comes with your new Lambretta too, apparently.

See the official specs below,

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Headlight-1Lights; LED lights feature all round, including the indicators.

Engine Capacity; The Vendetta will come in three capacities, The V50, V125, and V200.

Brakes-1Brakes; The V50 has a  front disk brake, and a rear drum. The V125 disks front and rear with a combined braking system (CBS), and the V200 disks front and Rear with a Bosch ABS System.

Flex front mudguard; As with classic Lambrettas (since the LD and LC anyway) the Vendetta features a fixed front fender (or mudguard as we tend to call it in the UK). Except when it doesn’t. There is a ‘flex’ model on all capacities, with a turning front mudguard. For those who prefer a more ‘Spanish’ look I suppose :). One oddity is that the flex models are available in different colours to the standard ‘Specials’.

Storage; There’s a large luggage area under the seat, a luggage hog in front of the seat, and a glove box integrated into the legshields. I have also seen images showing traditional ‘sprint rack’ like rear carriers.

Chassis-1Metal, NOT Plastic. The chassis is STEEL bodywork, on a tubular frame. The side-panels are double-layered, with a 1.2mm steel middle beam that stretches to the sides in a ‘airplane profile architecture’. Make no mistake, this is a solid, premium METAL scooter.

Vendetta_SeatAttention to detail. The new Lambretta appears to have been finished to a very high standard. This is not a cheap and nasty scooter. Take the detailing on the seat, for example.

Pricing. To be announced. But I would expect it will be similar to a top of the range offering from Piaggio.

I’m sure more information will appear. In the meantime, check out the official website, here.

 

 

Lambretta Vendetta V200 Revealed…

Lambretta-V-Special-Scooter-1-1Just some (more) pics for the moment of the first, new, official model Lambretta since the 1970’s. (remember where you saw the first ‘unofficial’ pic folks!) I’m sure there are going to be lots of thoughts and opinions on this one… My initial reactions are that it’s obviously a modern scooter, not a slavish reproduction of a classic lambretta, but, like the reinventions of the Mini, and the Beetle for the 21st century, it includes enough ‘nods’ to the past to be clearly a Lambretta.

The lines are bold and sharp… it has an aggressive, no nonsense stance…that looks like it’s going fast even when standing still.

There are more pics and analysis over at ScooterLab

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New Lambretta – World Exclusive Pic!

mms_20170513_102550Got it! So proud to have the first ever pic of the New Lambretta – The Vendetta V200 Special – on the internet. This appears to be a clandestine “shot by the cleaner” type photo – in a photo studio set up. I just received this from a friend – and after making discrete enquiries – it is the genuine article. After assuring myself this IS the New Lambretta we’ve been waiting for so long, I couldn’t wait publish.

A reliable (but secret) source informs me that Lambretta is introducing the new model “V-Special” in a steel semi-monocoque structure – Just like the old days! A proper Lambretta then – as shared in this previous post. Strong, iconic Lambretta design heritage, with lots of aluminium on it.

I’m told the Vendetta is to go into full production in October, for the global market. I’ve also heard that Lambretta are going to take a robust position against copiers of the classic Lambretta. Rumours indicate that the official Lambrettas will not be sold via distributors who sell these other marques.

Via other channels, I’ve heard that Scootering Magazine have been given global scoop for the introduction… unfortunately for them we beat them with the first pic! Remember where you saw it first! My Scootering magazine (the June edition) will hit my mail box around 20th May… I can’t wait to see more. I’m sorry to say I’m not going make it to Adria, but all going, have a great time.

Electric Swallow, update

Schwalbe_Pose.jpgHere’s the latest on the electric Schwalbe scooter that I posted about a few days ago. This time the information is straight from the horse mouth, so it’ll be a little more accurate!

Schwalbe makes an electrifying return GOVECS presents the classic scooter in a contemporary design and with electric drivetrain

The Munich-based company GOVECS has given the Schwalbe a new lease of life and in doing so is inspiring the entire industry. Together with technology partner Bosch, GOVECS has installed the world’s most advanced drivetrain in the Schwalbe, ensuring streets that are both clean and quiet.

The first version of the Schwalbe will sprint through the streets at up to 45kmh. Fully charged, it provides an impressive range of more than 100 km, and can already be reserved online.

It still has the typical features of a Schwalbe: the large tires, the ribbed tail section, the round headlights and the indicator lights on the handlebars, but has become even more striking. The Schwalbe has just treated itself to a modern outfit. The pioneering electric drivetrain, developed together with technology partner Bosch, is extremely dynamic and convinces with impressive acceleration.

The five-metre-long integrated cable with a plug that packs away neatly under the seat, means it is ready to be charged at any time. It can be charged via any normal household outlet. And you don’t have to wait long before you can whizz off again: after just one to two hours the battery is 80% charged again, and after four to five hours it’s fully charged.

Riders can also look forward to the accompanying service, because it promises to be as modern and innovative as the product itself. There will be a comprehensive on-site service. This means the service comes to the customer and not vice versa. Initially, the Schwalbe can be bought through the official online store. Reservations for the first deliveries in summer 2017 can now be made online at www.myschwalbe.com. In early 2017 the first Schwalbe Store in Berlin will open, followed by others in various European cities.

There’s colour reminds me of something… oh yeah, here we go 🙂minion_guitar

For those eagerly waiting for news of the forthcoming New Lambretta, the Lambretta Vendetta, word reaches me that it will NOT be launched at EICMA in November, but prepare for something pretty special at next years Lambretta 70th Anniversary Celebrations / Lambretta Jamboree in Italy.

Staines Skinhead Scomadi

stainesscomadi2Came across this tidy Scomadi in Staines, sorry Staines-upon-Thames, the other day.

It’s been tastefully modded to lower the back end, which gives it a much more traditional look, along with a number of performance upgrades. I had a brief chat with the owner, Mark, and it’s up for sale… he wants £2k for it (he’s spent over £3k on it). If you’re interested, drop him an email.stainesscomadi1

Want to see the new Lambretta Vendetta?

You’ll have to wait until EICMA!

Expectant Lambretta lovers may have been excited about todays date… we were due to learn  some more details about the new Lambretta Vendetta. The bad news is that hasn’t happened… the good news is the countdown for a reveal has been reset to EICMA 2016, The world’s biggest event dedicated to two-wheeled vehicles. Where is this event held? Milan. So, rather fittingly the new Lambretta will be revealed in it’s traditional home.

Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 07.47.43The cynical will remain cynical. But I’ve heard good things on the grapevine about the Vendetta. Very good things. Things that will make the wait worthwhile. Rumours that the Vendetta is the true successor to the proud name of Lambretta. The way I look at is that if you’re in a Michellin starred restaurant, you don’t worry if the main course is a little late. Because you know the chef wants to make it perfect for you.  After all, the last official Lambretta model launched was the DL/GP in 1968* so a few more months won’t matter.

 

*OK pedants, I know there have been SIL models and Servetas since then, but I count those more as revisions of existing models 🙂

New Lambretta Announced!

LambrettaVendetta-4The new, official Lambretta has been announced… with little more than a silhouette and a new name “the Vendetta”. I’m liking both. The silhouette looks very traditional, and although it doesn’t reveal much, it looks very promising! The name? Lambretta Vendetta? Fantastic. Hinting maybe at rekindling the old rivalry with Vespa? Are we going to see a ‘wasp killer’? (yeah, good luck with that one, but it’s good to have ambition).

The one other thing we do know is the proposed capacities of 50, 125 and 180cc’s. Seems a reasonable line-up. I expect we’ll see the L70 designation dropped, as calling a machine a “L70 50” would be confusing, to say the least. And Vendetta is a great name. Stick with that lads.

The counter on the official page, has reset to 42 days, (which takes us to the middle of June) when I guess we’ll know a little more. I’m guessing we won’t see everything until a big reveal at a show (I don’t think there’s anything in June). I’m guessing it won’t be until EICMA in November, in Milan that we’ll see the Vendetta ‘in the flesh’. But so far, so good! Stay tuned.

When I know more, you’ll know more.

UPDATE: Sticky’s thoughts over at ScooterLab add more to the picture (as does his forensic Photoshop skills). I’m really liking the elements that reflect the original Lambretta lines, especially horncasting. The upward sweep of the bodywork gives the scooter an aggressively sporty stance. From what I’m seeing, it won’t appeal to those traditionalists amongst us who only want something with an Innocenti (or Eibar or SIL) badge on it, but if you’re in the market for a Scomadi, you might find you have another option.

FURTHER UPDATE: In a Press Release, Sébastien Stassin of KISKA (The design house behind the Vendetta design) said: “Lambretta is a treasured brand – a cult icon whose global cultural impact is as relevant today as it was last century. It’s not often that you’re given the opportunity to play an instrumental role in such a relaunch. The design team is honoured and excited.

Having relaunched Swedish motorcycle brand Husqvarna Motorcycles in 2014, and contributed largely to KTM’s brand success over the past 24 years, KISKA is up to the task. Working closely with the global development and investment team, Lambretta Consortium, KISKA has aimed to evolve the Lambretta design language, positioning it to take on the future realities of urban mobility, while honouring the brand’s compelling heritage.”