giulio iacchetti reimagines the classic 98cc vespa with a cantilevered seat and electric motor

the vespampère is a free reinterpretation of the classic vespa by italian designer giulio iacchetti. with an electric motor and a cantilevered seat that links back to the 98 cc model, the company’s first scooter launched in 1946, the vespampère’s dynamic, light design nods to the slimmer, stylish vespas rode by actors in neorealist films.

all renderings by avisualization | alessandro trigila & matteo rossi

based on the silhouette of the world’s most famous scooter, giulio iacchetti developed a model that links to tradition, yet at the same time features a slim, ecological body, for greater agility in city traffic. contrary to the latest generations, which have gotten ‘heavier’ over the years, everything deemed superfluous has been eliminated in the vespampère’s design.

the front headlight maintains the classic circular design

the minimalist, lightweight version of the scooter sees the typical lateral shells removed in light of its electric motor, which occupies much less space than the traditional gas one. all controls, the speedometer, fuel gauge and lights are accessed through an app using wireless connection while a special compartment for storing a smartphone has been created on the dash.

the slim rear-view mirrors contain the turn signals

the handlebar features an original and novel insertion of the brake levers, in perfect harmony with the hand grips

the phone recharges from the vehicle’s electrical system and is weatherproof thanks to a transparent cover

skid-proof rubber segments on the footboard add another unusual, appealing detail

the cantilevered seat links back to the very first vespa launched by the company in 1946

with the use of leds, the front headlight loses its droplet shape to make room for the smartphone compartment

first silhouette sketches inspired by Vespa 98

sketches and prototypes

sketches of the hand mirror

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edited by: sofia lekka angelopoulou | designboom

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