2008 Vespa GTV Review


The 2008 Vespa GTV was built with the bodywork and functions of Piaggio scooters from the 1950s and 1960s. It is among the lightest and most easily handled scooters on the market. This comes with two engine options depending on the rider's speed requirements: 250cc and 300cc.

Both models provide the same exterior structure but offer different speed and power. The Vespa GTV 250 contains a 244 cubic centimeter single cylinder engine with four vales for each of its four strokes. The scooter provides a good starting capacity with its electronic fuel injection.

A more powerful version is the Vespa GTV 300. It houses a 278 cubic centimeter single cylinder engine with electronic injection. The scooter offers a maximum power of 15.8 kilowatts at 21.2 lb-ft. It has the maximum torque of 22.3 Newton-meters at 15.4 lb-ft. The scooter has an automatic dry centrifugal clutch with vibration dampers and automatic transmission. It has a durable body that is made with sheet metal and wielded reinforcements. The scooter's size is suitable for city riding. It is 75.9 inches in length by 30.3 inches in width, and it has a seat height of 31.1 inches when adjusted to its lowest setting. This allows the rider to shift through heavy traffic effortlessly. With a maximum speed of 80 miles per hour and a 2.4-gallon fuel tank, this scooter provides a good option for the open road.

The 2008 Vespa GTV is closely related to other Vespa scooters such as the GTS when it comes to its power and speed. However, the Vespa GTV separates itself from other Piaggio scooters with its attractive vintage details. The bike has a simple rounded analog gauge that offers a more retro look. It has a low windscreen and split leather seat that is excellently designed with vintage details. The scooter's paint scheme features pink or purple highlights that come out under the sun and appear metallic gray. The GTV features a signature steel body that all Vespas have. It has a monocoque or single shell design that makes the scooter lighter and more rigid. This enhances control and tracking while reducing vibration on the road.

The 2008 Vespa GTV also offers excellent handling with its weight of 322 pounds. It is also among the easiest scooters to handle with a short wheelbase of 54.9 inches. These outweigh other scooters that are closely related to the GTV because of their easy and simple handling abilities. On the city streets, the GTV provides a smooth ride with its automatic transmission and speed of 40 miles per hour. The acceleration is also excellent while the braking system is reliable with its hydraulic brakes both in the front and rear.

The GTV prides itself on its adequate floorboard and good leg protection with its shield just like any other Vespa scooter. This provides the rider and passenger with a comfortable ride as they can have a leg position suitable for them. The rider can also rest his or her legs freely on the floorboard as the controls are conveniently located on the handlebars. The scooter also has a leg shield exhaust for a comfortable riding experience even in cold weather conditions. This provides the rider and passenger with warm air that is forced out from the radiator behind the front wheel. Aside from the comfort that Vespa GTV provides, it also offers a good amount of storage space for the rider. It has adequate room under the seats that can hold a helmet, among other things.

The 2008 Vespa GTV embraces the true design that Italian vehicles possess. It has stylish passenger foot pegs that are made of polished steel and can be folded into the scooter's body. These details accentuate GTV's chrome panels. It also has an exhaust that is carefully designed to match its engine cowl. Overall, Vespa offers enthusiasts another stylish option for easy cruising or short trips down the highway.

New For 2008

  • N/A

2008 Vespa GTV Specs

  • Engine Type: 244 cc (250), 278cc (300) single cylinder catalyzed, four-stroke in each four valve, QUASAR engine with electronic injection
  • Bore and Stroke: 75 by 63
  • Compression ratio: 9.4:1
  • Valve Train: Four valves per cylinder, SOHC
  • Induction: Electronic fuel injection
  • Ignition: Electronic
  • Transmission: Automatic twist and go, continuously variable transmission, torque server
  • Final Drive: Belt
  • Fuel Capacity: 2.4 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: N/A
  • Brakes (Front): Disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Disc
  • Suspension (Front): Single arm, coaxial spring, dual chamber with hydraulic shock absorber
  • Suspension (Rear): Adjustable preload, two dual effect shock absorbers
  • Wheelbase: 53.9 inches or 1370 millimeters
  • Rake: 29 degrees
  • Trail: 5.4 inches or 137 millimeters
  • Seat Height: 31.1 inches or 790 millimeters
  • Curb Weight: 804 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 120/70 – 12 inches, tubeless
  • Tires (Rear): 130/70 – 12 inches, tubeless


  • Under-seat Storage
  • GTV Fly Screen
  • 42 Liter Top Box Inner Bag
  • GTV Full Size Windscreen

Key Competitors For The 2008 Vespa GTV

  • Aprilia SportCity 250