Piaggio has revised its MP3 lineup with variants now including the MP3 300 hpe, MP3 400 hpe (new), MP3 400 hpe Sport (new), and MP3 500 hpe Sport Advanced. All variants now get the Euro 5-compliant ‘hpe’, short for High Performance Engine. LED running lights, ABS, ASR (Acceleration Slip Regulation), disc brakes for all three wheels, and a patented suspension system are part of the standard equipment. These three-wheeled scooters don’t need a stand, thanks to a blocking mechanism for the front Electro-hydraulic suspension, but they come with a stand anyway.
The MP3 300 hpe and hpe Sport are powered by a 278 cc single-cylinder 4-stroke engine that develops 19 kW (26 metric hp) at 7,750 rpm and 26 Nm (19.2 lb-ft) of torque at 6,250 rpm. The engine is paired with a CVT. The fuel tank can hold 11 litres of juice. The rims are aluminum alloys, measuring 13-inch at the front and 14-inch at the rear.
Next up are the MP3 400 hpe and hpe Sport, powered by a 399 cc single-cylinder 4-stroke engine that develops 26 kW (35.3 metric hp) at 7,000 rpm and 37.7 Nm (28 lb-ft) of torque at 6,250 rpm. Here too, the transmission is a CVT. The fuel tank is of a 13.2 litre capacity with 1.8 litres of reserve. The aluminum alloy rims measure the same as the 300 models.
The big daddy of the lineup is, of course, the MP3 500 hpe Sport Advanced, powered by a 493 cc single-cylinder 4-stroke engine that develops 32.5 kW (44.2 metric hp) at 7,750 rpm and 47.5 Nm (35 lb-ft) of torque at 5,500 rpm. The transmission is of course a CVT, but the 500 boasts a reversing function — claimed to be the world’s first implementation on a three-wheeled scooter. The fuel tank can hold 12 litres with 1.8 litres of reserve. The aluminum alloy rims measure the same as the 300 models.
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