2018 (Vespa 946) Red


“Red represents the passion we and every (VESPA 946)RED owner has for bringing an end to AIDS. Vespa and (RED)® have partnered to travel together toward a world where no baby is born with HIV. It’s the realization of our first AIDS Free Generation in over 30 years.TOGETHER, LET'S #ENDAIDS”

The collaboration between Piaggio Group and (RED)® has lead to the creation of (VESPA 946)RED, a Vespa clad in shiny red, designed to benefit the programmes to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, promoted by the organisation founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver.

The $360 million USD collected so far by the Global Fund have reached Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia, and have fully been invested in research, prevention activities, treatments, drugs, HIV tests, and medical assistance, impacting over 70 million people. Those choosing a (VESPA 946)RED will join Piaggio in fighting the virus and helping women become mothers of healthy children.



For each (VESPA 946)RED sold, $150 will be donated to the Global Fund to
fight AIDS with (RED). That’s enough to provide more than 500 days of
life-saving HIV/AIDS medication in sub-Saharan Africa. That same medication
prevents a mother living with HIV from passing the virus to her unborn child.


Red symbolizes the attraction that grows over time. Vespa 946 tells the story
of the evolution of a style, the meeting with the modern world, the creation of new lines that enhance the elegance of the original design.
Hand crafted and futuristic, Vespa 946 tells the story of our best past and
renews it in aesthetics, attention to detail and environmental friendliness.
(VESPA 946)RED is the new chapter of a great story of beauty,
enthusiasm and solidarity.


Red is the power of a great idea. On display in the permanent MoMA
collections in New York and the Triennale di Milano, Vespa is one of the twelve design products that have written a page of twentieth century history.
The new (VESPA 946)RED is the latest example of magic and creativity,
a new recipe for beauty and anti-conformity, an eternal contemporaneity.


2018 Highlights

  • Front Wheel ABS

  • Up to 117MPG

  • 31.7" seat height

  • New contoured seat and narrower foot board for better ergonomics

  • Euro-4 Compliant



ABS as standard on all versions
On all of the 150 models, the ABS braking system now comes standard, a further technical advancement intended to increase safety. The front wheel on Vespa has a speed detection system – a sensor and a tone wheel – which instantaneously measures its speed and deceleration compared to that of the scooter. The sensor dialogues with an electro hydraulic control unit which activates the ABS system if the wheel decelerates abruptly, preventing locking and the consequent loss of control over the vehicle, thereby guaranteeing stability, vehicle control and efficient braking even on low friction coefficient surfaces such as wet or dirty asphalt. 
This system can also boast being lightweight, leaving the curb weight virtually unchanged. The advantages are tangible in terms of safety and riding pleasure on the road, where riders will discover a Vespa with dynamic qualities and exceptional stability and handling.

You get an"i-Get"

The Vespa i-get powerplants are single cylinder engines, completely new both in terms of mechanical components and electronic parts. Worth a mention in more detail are:

  • the crankshaft, with 24% increased inertia compared with the previous engine for a decisive reduction in vibrations and a smoother ride;

  • the new starter motor, decidedly quieter;

  • the new gearbox cover, to reduce the noise even more and increase stiffness;

  • the barometric sensor, so that combustion is always optimized.