2012 Victory GTV Review


The now iconic Vespa scooter was first introduced in Italy during the mid-1940s. Then the stylish two-stroke scooters were regarded as an affordable and reliable transportation solution. However the Vespa ascended to icon status in the 1950s and particularly during the 1960s, when it was often seen depicted in films and became forever associated with the ""mod"" aesthetic of the swinging ‘60s. While Vespa today produces many models that feature a more contemporary styling, the fact remains that many riders gravitate towards Vespas because they are looking for a vehicle that invokes that classic retro style. The 2012 Vespa GTV is just such a vehicle.

Like the smaller Vespa LXV, the 2012 Vespa GTV was designed to uphold the classic vintage Vespa look while benefitting from the latest in modern scooter technology. Thus the 2012 GTV is heavily indebted to classic, 1960s Vespa design. That is particularly emphasized by features such as the bikes ""naked"" handlebars with exposed metal tube showing, and saddle that includes separate seats for passenger and rider. Like the original Vespa prototype, introduced back in the 1940s, the 2012 Vespa GTV 300 sports a headlamp on its front mudguard. However underneath this retro exterior you’ll find a thoroughly modern machine. Built on the same body as the Vespa GTS, the GTV is powered by a 300cc engine. It’s got an elegant, comfortable leather seat with storage space beneath it, an automatic transmission, and many other modern technological features. One of the most refined models produced by Vespa currently, the GTV very successfully reinterprets the classic elements of Vespas from the 1950s and ‘60s. The bike’s powerful 300cc liquid-cooled four-stroke, four-valve engine delivers flexibility and responsiveness, thanks to its electronic fuel injection system. This same system helps to reduce fuel consumption and minimize harmful emissions.

It’s got disc brakes in the front and the back, while both the front and rear tires are tubeless. The GTV’s 300cc engine jumps to life easily with an electric starter that requires far less effort than kick-starting a true vintage Vespa would. Likewise, the automatic twist and go transmission is easy to operate, making shifting gears a smooth, nearly effortless process. The 2012 Vespa GTV is built on a solid sheet metal body with welded reinforcements. The engine is liquid-cooled and has enough power to propel the scooter to a top speed of 80 mph. For 2012 the Vespa GTV is available in two colors: Siena Ivory, and Espresso. As is the case with the Vespa LXV, the 2012 Vespa GTV is one of the most prestigious vehicles produced by manufacturer. But while the styling for the GVT is all-classic, its engine is all modern. The ultra-modern 300cc engine is liquid cooled, electronic fuel-injected and powerful enough to handle just about anything the city streets might throw at you. More alluringly lined and classically glamorous than even most Vespas, the 2012 GTV is the model for any rider who’s looking for the embodiment of the iconic 1960s Vespa in a modern incarnation. With all the style and class of its predecessors, the 2012 Vespa GTV is as capable and refined as any scooter being ridden today. Plus it carries Vespa’s sizable cachet of glamor, style, and prestige.

With its top speed of 80 mph, excellent fuel economy, and modern engineering, the Vespa GTV can be comfortably ridden on city streets or highway. Vespa also offers a line of accessories for the GTV that includes helmets, windscreens, and luggage attachments. The GTV’s size, powerful engine, and comfortable rider-friendly design also make it the ideal choice if you’re looking to take a slightly more extended journey by scooter. Any rider who is looking for the best of both worlds in terms of retro chic and modern features is certain to appreciate the 2012 Vespa GTV 300.

New For 2012

  • New 2012 models of the Vespa GTV are dressed in elegant ""Marrone Etna"" color to enhance their timeless styling.

2012 Victory GTV Specs

  • Model: Vespa GTV 300
  • Engine Type: Single-cylinder catalyzed four-stroke four-valves QUASAR engine with electronic injection
  • Bore and Stroke: 75 x 63mm
  • Compression ratio: NA
  • Valve Train: NA
  • Induction: Port Injected
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Automatic Twist and Go (CVT with torque server)
  • Final Drive: NA
  • Fuel Capacity: 2.4 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 65-70 mpg
  • Brakes (Front): 220mm disc brake
  • Brakes (Rear): 220mm disc brake
  • Suspension (Front): Single arm, dual chamber hydraulic shock absorber with coaxial spring
  • Suspension (Rear): Two dual effect shock absorber with coaxial spring
  • Wheelbase: 53.9 in
  • Rake: NA
  • Trail: NA
  • Seat Height: 31.1 in
  • Curb Weight:
  • Tires (Front): Tubeless 120/70-12""
  • Tires (Rear): Tubeless 130/70-12""


  • Mod Graphic Vespa Jet Helmet
  • Satin Black Vespa Jet Helmet
  • Titanium Vespa Jet Helmet
  • Water resistant vehicle cover
  • Topbox Inner Bag
  • GT/GTS/GTS Super/GTV Flyscreen
  • GT/GTS/GTS Super/GTV Windscreen (Full or Medium Size)

Key Competitors For The 2012 Victory GTV

  • Suzuki Burgman
  • Linhai Yamaha Aeolus 300
  • Aprilia Scarabeo 300 S