Piaggio MP3 300ie Hybrid | First Ride

Better With Batteries?

By Roland Brown, Photography by Milagro
Tech Spec

Price Approx. $10,500
Engine types l-c single, PM electric
Valve train SOHC, 4v
Displacement 278cc
Transmission Automatic
Claimed horsepower 25 bhp @ 7500 rpm engine,
3.5 bhp electric motor
Claimed torque 20.3 lb.-ft. @ 3000 rpm engine,
11 lb.-ft. electric motor
Frame Tubular-steel double-cradle
Front suspension Articulated quadrilateral with four aluminum arms
Rear suspension Twin shocks with adjustable spring preload
Front brake Dual two-piston calipers, 240mm discs
Rear brake Single-piston caliper, 240mm disc
Front tire 120/70-12 Michelin Gold Standard
Rear tire 140/60-14 Michelin Gold Standard
Seat height 30.7 in.
Wheelbase 58.7 in.
Fuel capacity 3.1 gal.
Batteries Lithium ion
Claimed curb weight 566.5 lbs.
Contact www.piaggiomp3.com

Verdict 2.5 stars out of 5
Heavier and more expensive than the original Hybrid, yet just as slow in electric mode.

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