Just back from a flying visit to the spiritual home of the Lambretta – Milano – and to be honest – I’m pretty zonked. So my full post on the event – which was magnificent – will have to be saved for another day. But I wanted to post some pics and information of the new machines from Lambretta that were unveiled yesterday. This is just a quick snapshot – with full details – and lots more images – of the scooters coming soon.
The G350 Special
First previewed back in 2019 at EICMA, The G350 (then designated the G325) was intended to sit at the top of the range, which then was just the 3 V Specials – in V50, V125 and V200 configurations. The G325 was originally due to be on the market by now – but then we had “the spanner in the works” that was Covid. It now looks like Lambretta will reach full production of the machine – now upgraded to a 350cc power unit by the end of this year. Long term readers of the blog might rember I predicted the 350 capacity back in July last year… just saying. Though clearly a modern machine, designed for today, there are clear styling cues in common with classic Lambretta models… full details will follow soon.
So, we’d had the the G350 previewed… but the real suprise in Milan yestereday was a completley new model, the X300. This is the start of a completely new model line for Lambretta. Another high-end, steel monocoque machine – but with even more radical styling than the G350. Now, voices of dissent are going to come from the radical traditionalist voices of the Lambretta community – but we are living in 2022 – not 1963! Again, a full report, with my full impressions of the machine to follow – but my first impressions are overwhelmingly positive. A stunning machine, which looks great from lots of different angles… and the quality of the fit and finish is immediately obvious.
So – I’m probably going to get in trouble for this – but hey-ho… I’ve got a trusted “source” at Lambretta, and they’ve shared this image of the new forthcoming Lambretta model – tentatively called the “G-Special” for now – that will be in full production early next year. Pictured is the the final prototype frame for the G350 concept previously shown at EICMA 2019 as G325. It’s a solid steel “full-monocoque” frame/chassis – with – in the classic Lambretta tradition – fully removable steel side panels – (side panels not shown in this pic). Now, I know certain Lambrettisti that may criticize the monocoque approach – but its an approach Lambretta have used in previously – so there’s nothing inherently ‘non-Lambretta’ about a monocoque! The current V-Special has a semi-monocoque frame.
Clearly, a lot of thought and effort has gone into designing a ‘best of class’ modern scooter that still has Lambretta DNA. Lambretta are being very close-lipped about engine sizes – and after showing the G325 model at EICMA; 325cc was the expected capacity – but my source tells me the model is referred to internally as the “G350” – so I’m sure you can draw your own conclusions! A 350 from Lambretta would be a real beast – and bring Lambretta right back into dominance in the “Classic Modern Scooter” category… and who doesn’t want to see Lambretta back on top where they belong! It’s not all about speed and power though – there are also plans for a fully high-powered electric version of the G-Special in the pipeline.
Interesting times, and good to see that the Lambretta brand is still innovating well into the the 2020’s – with ambitious plans to take their scooters to the next level!