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.

Latest whispers on the L70 Lambretta Vendetta

unnamed-5Further rumours (from a reliable source) have reached Lambrettista Towers concerning the new official Lambretta. The name, Vendetta, as suspected, refers to the ongoing family rivalry between Vespa and Lambretta. L70 is the code name referencing Lambretta’s 70th anniversary in 2017.

The scooter is going to be a “No Compromise” high-end machine… aimed at customers who are willing to pay a little more for a quality product. So, it’s not some cheap, ‘plastic fantastic’.

The rumoured specs are interesting (and positive) too;  Steel cage bodywork built around a tubular frame, steel legshields, aluminium handlebars/switches and decorative trim, removable sidepanels with interchangeable plastic, sheet metal and carbon fibre options. Initial Vendetta models will be powered by a range of air-cooled engines, in 50, 125 and 180cc capacities. There is talk of a water-cooled model in development. (If you read an earlier version of this post I’d got this the wrong way round).

There is also plans for a range of aftermarket parts. Stock plastic parts will be interchangeable with carbon fibre parts. The sidepanels will be 3d printable or steel. There’s serious talk of a high-performance tuning kit. So, much like a classic Lambretta, you’ll be able to specify and customise your Vendetta ‘your way’.

As mentioned in previous posts, the scooter is designed by Internationally renowned design house Kiska (famous for their relaunch of the classic Swedish Husqvarna motorcycle marque and ongoing work with the ever innovative Austrian brand KTM).

Detailed specs will follow soon, keep watching this space.

 

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.”

Sticky’s thoughts on the ‘New Lambretta’

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Some valuable insights here by Sticky, on ScooterLab regarding the L70 the ‘New Lambretta’ to be launched in (as I write) 11 days. I make that Tuesday the 3rd of May. Not too long to wait, and worth getting over to the Lambretta Consortium site and registering for the chance to win ‘one of five’ new Lambrettas.

One of the nuggets of information in Sticky’s article is that the design of the L70 is likely to be by Austrian designer Gerald Kiska, rather than the designer of the LN, Alessandro Tartarini. Amongst several ‘generic’ scooters studio Kiska has also been responsible for an update to historic Swedish Motorcycle brand Husqvarna (now probably more famous these days for making chainsaws and the like).

There is a quote in the  Husqvarna case study that says “They don’t make them like they used to because today’s riders are forward thinking.  They are interested in the future of bike design, not what’s behind them.  The 401 VITPILEN delivers what they want: “retro futurism done right I’m pretty sure most Lambretta buyers are interested in ‘what’s behind them’ but the concept of retro futurism done right sounds pretty good to me.

Here’s the link to Sticky’s article again.

WIN a 2016 Lambretta!

The good news: There’s gonna be a new Lambretta in 2016! The bad new: There’s gonna be a new Lambretta in 2016. Lovers of the Lambretta brand don’t really want new. We want old Lambrettas, maybe with the odd tweak or improvement. That’s why Scomadi have done so well. A modern auto, but with the looks of a GP. Well, not quite, but not far off.

WinA2016LambrettaPersonally, I think the LN was a decent stab at reinventing the Lambretta for the twenty-first century, but many disagreed. And, although it received decent enough reviews in the media, it was less than a resounding success amongst scooterists. Then, of course, it disappeared from the scene completely – no doubt leaving those purchasers that had bought one feeling rather abandoned.

Vespa riders are happy enough to ride their modern GTS’s. Lambretta riders are a pickier audience. While the target market probably wasn’t the classic scooter owner, it you convince them, you’ve cracked the mass market, in my ever so humble opinion.

Anyway. The point of this ramble is to introduce the competition that Lambretta Concessionaires are running a competition to win one of these new, 2016 Lambrettas. Of course, you don’t know what you’ll be getting, but hey, a free Lambretta? Can’t be a bad thing can it? All you have to do is sign up for their newsletter. Worth a go, right? Sign up HERE.

If you want to know more about the 2016 Lambretta, (known only as the L’70 at the moment) Stay tuned. When I know, you’ll know.