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2014 Piaggio Fly 150 3V and 50 4V Arrives in US Market
Piaggio announces two new scooter models for 2014. Available now at dealerships in the U.S. are the 2014 Piaggio Fly 150 3V and the Fly 50 4V.
The Fly 150 3V comes equipped with Piaggio‘s new three-valve (two intake, one exhaust) engine. Originally introduced in the Vespa 946 concept at the 2011 EICMA show, the new powerplant is designed to offer high efficiency with low maintenance costs. Piaggio claims the Fly 150 3V can get 104 mpg with service intervals at every 6000 miles compared to 2000-2500 miles for other scooters in its class.
The improved efficiency does not come at the expense of performance. Piaggio claims an output of 12.1 hp at 7000 rpm and 9.6 ft-lb. at 6000 rpm from the 150cc 3V engine compared to the 11.6 hp at 7750 rpm and 8.5 ft-lb. at 6000 rpm offered by the two-valve engine in the 2013 Fly 150.
The 150cc engine is also special for North America, with Europeans getting a 124cc version of the 3V engine instead. The extra 26cc helps make the Fly 150 freeway legal in most states, with Piaggio claiming a top speed of 61 mph.
The Fly 50 4V uses a 49cc four-valve engine that Piaggio claims offers 117 mpg while producing 4.6 hp at 9500 rpm and 2.8 ft-lb. at 8000 rpm.
Both Fly scooters offer a low 29.9-inch seat height, 32mm telescopic forks, 73mm single rear shock, 220mm front disc brake with dual-piston floating caliper and 140mm rear drum brake. The Fly 150 3V has a 1.8-gallon fuel tank while the 50 4V has a 1.7-gallon tank. The fuel tanks are installed below the footrest, to make room under the seat for two open-faced helmets. Additional storage is provided by a small compartment in the leg shield while a bag hook folds out from the seat.
The 2014 Piaggio Fly 150 3V is available for $2,899 while the Fly 50 4V is priced at $2,199. Both models are available now in Graphic Black or Pearl White.