2008 Vespa GranTurismo Review


With its low emissions and advanced engine range, the 2008 Vespa Granturismo is among the most sought-after scooters on the market. Piaggio introduced the Vespa Granturismo as an addition to its diverse range of vehicles. The company has again produced a bike that has gained the hearts of enthusiasts.

Granturismo’s style is tough to beat. It embraces Vespa’s original accents with its chrome mirrors and lines, while adding a few unique features. It has die-cast alloy wheels with five spokes and a monocoque chassis that is made of pressed steel. The scooter’s retractable footrests are made of chrome steel, and the floorboard design stays true to Vespa’s signature look.

The 2008 Vespa Granturismo offers riders a traditional retro design and comfort. It has a wide seat with double-stitched cover that allows the rider and passenger to cruise in style. The motorcycle has a padded backrest for an enhanced riding experience. This show-stopper is also packed with a good amount of storage. It has a storage compartment and enough space for two open-faced helmets under the seat. The scooter also has a top case with matching colors that can hold more than two bags of groceries. It can be purchased in four unique colors including Excalibur Gray, Midnight Blue, Graphite Black, and Daring Plum.

The scooter’s comfort and style are only a few of the advantages that it can offer riders. It also provides excellent power and speed for traffic jams on busy city streets. A 198cc liquid cooled engine with four strokes gives the scooter a good amount of power. It has a maximum of 21 horsepower at 8,500 revolutions per minute (RPM), and a maximum torque of 12.9 pounds at 6,500 RPM. The Granturismo provides smooth starting capabilities with its electric start and automatic choke. The scooter has a centrifugal clutch, an automatic continuously variable transmission, and a 2.5-gallon fuel capacity. It has a rear suspension with a double sided swing arm while the front has a single arm front suspension. It also has front and rear disc brakes that provide a good amount of control.

The switches and headset are carefully designed to enhance the scooter’s overall look. The switch designs and grip texture are also hard to miss. The Granturismo also allows riders to add a number of accessories depending on their requirements. They have the option to get a matching top case installed. Owners can also have the dealer preinstall windscreens or provide matching helmets.

The motorcycle has a low emissions advanced engine range that provides the rider with a number of benefits. It is affordable and offers superior fuel economy. The scooter is also environmentally-friendly as its engine offers reduced emissions. The bike has minimal noise levels when accelerating. Safety is another great advantage that riders get from the 2008 Vespa Granturismo. The stylish scooter’s dashboard emits blue light accents at night for maximum visibility. It also has halogen headlamps that provide riders with adequate illumination in dark areas.

The 2008 Vespa Granturismo is a great scooter on the highway and in urban traffic. It offers effortless acceleration and excellent speed. Granturismo is suitable for those who are buying their first motorcycle as well as those who want to add to their collection. It is easy to handle with its low 31.5 inch seat setting and simple controls. It provides a comfortable ride with clear instrumentation, effortless shifting in different gears, smooth speed and noiseless acceleration.

The scooter is not like any other with the power it offers. It has a vintage design that may appear playful, but riders should know that this machine packs a great amount of speed. The 2008 Vespa Granturismo truly defines the engineering of Italian vehicles.

New For 2008

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2008 Vespa GranTurismo Specs

  • Engine Type: 198cc , single cylinder with two strokes
  • Bore and Stroke: 71.9 by 48.5 mm or 2.8 by 1.9 inches
  • Compression ratio: 11.0:1
  • Valve Train: Four valves for each cylinder, SOHC
  • Induction: Carburetor 29.0 mm
  • Ignition: Electronic with capacitive discharge or CDI
  • Transmission: Electric reverse, five speeds with overdrive
  • Final Drive: Shaft
  • Fuel Capacity: 6.6 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: N/A
  • Suspension (Front): Hydraulic shock absorber, single arm with rebound damping and compression
  • Suspension (Rear): Two hydraulic shock absorbers, engine swing arm, compression and rebound damping with adjustable pre-load
  • Wheelbase: 1,394 mm or 54.9 inches
  • Rake: N/A
  • Trail: N/A
  • Brakes (Front): Single disc, 220 mm or 8.7 inches
  • Brakes (Rear): Single disc, 220 mm or 8.7 inches
  • Seat Height: Adjustable with the lowest setting of 800 mm or 31.5 inches
  • Curb Weight: 320 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 120/70-12
  • Tires (Rear): 130/70-12


  • Under-seat Storage
  • Lockable Storage
  • Padded Back Seat
  • Rear Rack
  • Helmet Storage
  • Glove Box and Dash

Key Competitors For The 2008 Vespa GranTurismo

  • Aprilia Sportcity 200
  • Aprilia Scarabeo 200
  • Kymco People S 200