Piaggio MP3 Hybrid

Gas-Electric Hybrid Technology: Not Just For Prius Owners Anymore

By Roland Brown, Photography by Milagro
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SPEC
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Engine type Liquid-cooled single, permanent magnet motor
Valve train SOHC, 4 valves
Displacement 124cc
Transmission Automatic
Claimed horsepower 15 bhp @ 8500 rpm (engine), 3.5 bhp (motor)
Claimed torque 11.8 lb.-ft. @ 3000 rpm (engine), 11.1 lb.-ft. (motor)
Frame Tubular steel twin-cradle frame
Front suspension Articulated quadrilateral with four aluminium arms
Rear suspension Twin shock absorbers with adjustable spring preload
Front brake Twin piston calipers, 240mm discs
Rear brake Single piston caliper, 240mm disc
Front tire 120/70 x 12 Michelin Gold Standard
Rear tire 140/60 x 14 Michelin Gold Standard
Seat height 30.7 in.
Wheelbase 58.7 in.
Fuel capacity 3.1 gal.
Batteries Lithium ion
Claimed dry weight 531 lbs.
Contact www.piaggiomp3.com
VERDICT 3 stars out of 5
Great for environmental activists and image-conscious
Prius driving movie stars. Not quite zippy enough for the rest of us.
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