2010 Vespa GTV Review


Tracing the history of Vespa scooters, the Ducatis of the scooter world, the first Vespa was developed under the guidance of Enrico Piaggio, the son of Piaggio’s founder, Rinaldo Piaggio, at the end of WWII. The Vespa scooter was basically created to be a safe and affordable means of transport for people after the effects of WWII crippled Italy. The first Vespa scooter, with its pressed steel monocoque body and protective leg shield was a surefire hit. The follow-up versions and models of the scooter were larger and more powerful and drew compliments globally. However, today’s clean-running Vespas differ a lot from the smoky two-strokes of the past. The thrust in the vehicle now comes from fuel-injected four-strokes equipped with catalytic converters. But the styling of the vehicle is more or less untouched and remains mostly true to the original shape. Vespa has never drifted too far from its original profile, but today the marque’s product lineup possesses features like electronic fuel injection, and this helps it to meet strict European emission regulations.

The Vespa GTV 250 scooter is a timeless classic. It offers as much pleasure to people who are in awe of it as it is to people who ride it. The Vespa GTV 250 Classic pays homage to the classic Vespas. Actually the Vespa GTV 250 is a great example of a new born classic; the Classic creates a sense of déjà vu, and it pays tribute to the original Vespa Scooter.

The Vespa GTV is an agile, powerful, elegant, and appealing scooter that clearly distinguishes itself from other models and competitors. In true Italian tradition Vespa has created the Vespa GTV with a line of 1948-styled machines that are definitely the best looking scooters in the market. It is definitely a beautiful machine and just perfect for a ride. The modern, liquid-cooled single calls upon 287cc to produce 22hp at 8250 rpm and 16 lb-ft of usable torque at 6250 rpm. Braking and the standard ABS remain strong points in this model. The classic Vespa swing arm front suspension that hails back to the early 1950s is combined with the beautiful chromed rim on this top-of-the-line model. Leather seats and the chromed luggage rack add to its exclusive look. The load is well distributed. The windscreen has a 1960s style flavor that includes an analog speedometer and fuel gauge, lights for the usual ABS, turn signals, and a digital clock. It has good, efficient brakes and a discrete and effective ABS.

The 2010 Vespa GTV has great looks in the classic way and it’s easy to ride. The fuel gauge and the clock are strategically placed just below the dial. It has a good and strong braking mechanism and a good overall urban performance. It sports a brown leather two-piece saddle, hints of chrome, and rear retractable foot pegs. The Vespa GTV 250 Classic has a large electric luggage compartment release to fit a helmet as well as some small items. The nice leather seat can be protected from the sun and rain with a pull-out cover. It also is fitted with a chrome luggage rack on the rear perfect for the spare helmet or laptop bag. It is also fitted with alloy wheels.

The Vespa GTV 250 Classic performs superlatively. It has enough torque off the line for an 85 kg rider to get ahead of traffic and stay there. The 250cc is fuel injected. The electric start fires the first time, and the CVT is ultra-smooth and moderately responsive. Overall, it is the best engine for this type of scooter. There is no down-end torque, but this is normal and can be expected from a scooter.

New For 2010

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2010 Vespa GTV Specs

  • Model:GTV
  • Engine Type: Single-cylinder, four-stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 2.83 x 2.36 inches
  • Compression ratio: N/A
  • Valve Train: N/A
  • Induction: Fuel injected
  • Ignition: Electronic
  • Transmission: Continuously Variable (CVT)
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 9 liters
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: N/A
  • Brakes (Front): 220mm disc (8.7 inches)
  • Brakes (Rear): 220mm disc (8.7 inches)
  • Suspension (Front): Single arm, dual-chamber hydraulic shock absorbers with coaxial spring
  • Suspension (Rear): Two dual-effect shock absorbers with adjustable preload
  • Wheelbase: 54.9 inches
  • Rake: N/A
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height: 31.1 inches
  • Curb Weight: N/A
  • Tires (Front): 120/70 x 12
  • Tires (Rear): 130/70 x 12


  • Chrome Plated Front Bumper Trim
  • Chrome Plated Rear Side Protection
  • E-1 Electronic Alarm
  • Leather Top Case Inner Bag
  • Portofino Green
  • Siena Ivory
  • Top Case
  • Vespa Vehicle Cover

Key Competitors For The 2010 Vespa GTV

  • Aprilia Scarabeo 200
  • SYM MIO 50
  • Yamaha C3