After more than 170,000 MP3 units sold all over the world, Piaggio continues to revolutionise the world of urban and metropolitan mobility, introducing a new, original version of its three-wheeled scooter at EICMA 2018.
Piaggio MP3 300 hpe is the new, more agile and lighter version of the Piaggio MP3: a compact, sporty and dynamic vehicle which, nevertheless, does not sacrifice superior comfort and the content typical of GT scooters. All of this combined with the new Piaggio 300 hpe engine, accredited with power and torque values at the top of its category.
Piaggio MP3 300 hpe can be operated with a simple car driver-s license: in fact, the exclusive Piaggio three-wheeler technology is the same as its “bigger siblings” Piaggio MP3 350 and 500 hpe: the front articulated quadrilateral suspension system and the double front wheel are unique and distinctive elements that make riding the Piaggio MP3 an absolutely unique experience, with more cornering stability than any other scooter, and excellent road holding that can be felt at its finest on wet asphalt or in poor grip conditions.
The compact dimensions and handling of the Piaggio MP3 300 hpe can be appreciated both in manoeuvring and at a stop, making parking super easy to manage and enhancing agility when in motion. The front end is extremely precise in riding and even more communicative.
Dynamic and sporty design
The front shield maintains the distinctive traits of the Piaggio MP3 maxiscooter family: the centre is dominated by the double headlight fitted with high efficiency LED daylight running lights, a solution borrowed from the automotive world that modernises the front view. The characteristic “neck tie” divides the headlights and acts as a connecting element between the grille and the built-in tinted windscreen designed to guarantee the best possible protection. Contributing to slimming down the front view, made unique by the double front wheels, are the sporty profile mudguards painted to match the body, whereas the wheel rims have a five split-spoke design: another clear reference to the luxury sport saloon world.
To go with the aggressive front, there is a sleek and slender tail which elegantly houses two convenient handles for the passenger, ending with the modern and refined rear light assembly, characterised by LED parking and brake lights.
Comfort and functionality
The new Piaggio MP3 300 hpe is comfortable and extremely functional. The saddle, with seating on two separate levels, is shaped in such a way so as to allow easy and safe contact with the ground and to guarantee adequate lumbar support for the rider, all to the advantage of comfort. The passenger position is laid back and relaxed, thanks in part to the practical fold-out foot boards which, when closed, integrate perfectly in the fairing. The combined braking system pedal, on the right foot board, has been repositioned for better global riding ergonomics.
The under-seat compartment, extremely spacious, easily accommodates two jet helmets. The saddle has a spring to keep it in the open position. A practical and discrete concealed bag hook finds a place integrated into the leg shield back plate.
Like on the Piaggio MP3 “maxi” range models, the dashboard includes a modern instrument cluster made up of two conventional round displays and a multi-purpose digital display with data on fuel consumption (average and current), average and maximum speed, fuel gauge, travel time, and ambient temperature with ice alarm. The instrument panel also includes a clock, total and trip counter and battery voltage reader. The 11 lights on the instrument panel represent high beam function, indicator usage, reserve fuel, oil pressure, warning (injection), immobilizer, ABS, ASR and four emergency lights.
In the central section, just beneath the display, a series of 4 warning lights indicate: roll lock warning, DRL, no roll and hand brake indicator light. Push buttons under the handlebars are used to switch the DRL and ASR On/Off.
Above the instruments, on the other hand, is a practical glove compartment with a drawer and USB connection, ideal for recharging a smartphone and any other enabled device.
Versions and colours
Piaggio MP3 300 hpe
A symbol of metropolitan elegance, Piaggio MP3 300 hpe is available in two brand new colour schemes: glossy Nero metallizzato colour and matt Argento Cometa. Both are matched with five-spoke wheels with matt black finish and a saddle with double covering.
Piaggio MP3 300 HPE Sport
Piaggio MP3 300 hpe Sport stands out for its numerous details with matt black finish, such as the “neck tie” on the shield, the stripes on the centre tunnel and the passenger grab handles. Its sportiness is emphasised by the front and rear shock absorber springs painted red, a colour which also appears on the matt black wheel rims, with an original “whisker” on one of the 5 split-spokes, and in the contrasting stitching on the saddle. Front brake discs with a wave profile and a foot board with aluminium inserts are included as standard.
Three colour schemes are available: Pastel white, glossy Pastel grey and Black, the latter matt.
The Piaggio 300 HPE engine: more power and more torque
The new Piaggio MP3 hpe boasts the latest evolution of the Piaggio 300 cc single-cylinder, 4 stroke, 4 valve, liquid-cooled engine with electronic injection: the result of Piaggio Group R&D know-how and known as 300 HPE (High Performance Engine), on one hand, the unit guarantees maximum throttle response, an ideal characteristic for constant stop-and-go city traffic and, on the other hand, top speed perfectly capable of handling the motorway, thereby also offering the possibility of long range travel in full comfort.
Compared to the previous version with the same engine displacement, maximum power comes in at 18.1 kW (24.6 HP) at 7750 rpm, which translates into a 16% increase, while maximum torque, equating to 24.5 Nm at 6500 rpm, has been boosted by 9%. These are improvements that also go along with a reduction in consumption.
This is a result achieved thanks to meticulous work by Piaggio technicians across a large number of components, with the aim of optimising thermodynamic output and reducing friction. The adoption of a new head and a piston with redesigned architecture results in a highly efficient combustion chamber, which also benefits from valves and ducts of increased diameter inside the head. The single camshaft distribution system with roller tappets gains a camshaft with optimised timing and valve lift speeds. The introduction of a new high pressure multi-jet injector also helps to improve combustion. Lastly, a more generous intake line improves the torque delivered at low revs and ensures an exceptionally smooth ride at any speed. The new iridium ignition spark-plug ensures greater durability.
The transmission has also been dramatically redesigned: the continuously variable transmission (CVT) benefits from a new belt, a new geometry and new materials, all to the advantage of mechanical silence, also contributed to by a new and stiffer clutch drum.
The engine is controlled by a latest-generation Magneti Marelli MIUG4 ECU.
Ultimate safety: three wheels, ABS and ASR
Both models in the Piaggio MP3 300 hpe range adopt the ABS anti-locking braking system integrated with ASR traction control (Acceleration Slip Regulation). The ASR (first brought to scooters by Piaggio) can be easily disconnected and guarantees safety by keeping the rear wheel from slipping on dangerous surfaces like wet asphalt.
The three channel ABS system, developed in collaboration with Continental, maximizes active safety preventing wheel blockage when braking and providing full control of the vehicle at all times. The Piaggio MP3 employs an all-disc braking system on the three wheels, with a disc diameter of 258 mm on the front and 240 mm on the rear. Greater safety and an even smoother ride are provided by the large 13 inch diameter front wheels.
The Piaggio MP3 also owes its success to exclusive patented Piaggio technology for the dual independent, tilting front wheels regulated by a unique four bar linkage suspension, which the leading Group in Europe designed and developed before any other manufacturer in the world to ensure maximum riding pleasure in complete safety. The roll mechanism is made up of four fused aluminium arms linked to four hinges that are firmly connected to the central sleeve, and two side sleeves connected to the arms by means of pivots and ball bearings. Inside the side sleeves, the right-hand and left-hand steering tube rotates in a classic single-arm set-up.
The blocking mechanism for the front suspension, a distinguishing feature of the three-wheel Italian scooter, transforms the balance of the Piaggio MP3 300 hpe from dynamic to static. Start up the vehicle and it stays in balance on the three wheels without the need for a stand (fitted nonetheless). To resume normal operation accelerate or use the dedicated push button. This means you never need to put your foot in the ground and you can park the Piaggio MP3 300 hpe anywhere, easily and effortlessly.
PIAGGIO MIA: connected at all times by smartphone
The PIAGGIO MIA multimedia platform, standard equipment on the Piaggio MP3 300 hpe Sport, allows for a smartphone to be connected to the on-board electronics system, transforming it into a multifunctional tool, a real computer able to simultaneously display information such as the speedometer and rev counter, but also instantaneously delivered engine power and torque, longitudinal acceleration, lean angle when turning, instantaneous and average fuel consumption, average speed, battery voltage and much more. With the smartphone connected to PIAGGIO MIA it is also possible to view maps and routes and identify fuel stations and service centres for example. The tyre condition control function exploits both the vehicle’s sensors and the smartphone to monitor tyre wear and inflation, immediately warning the user before any potentially critical situations arise, while the general analysis function allows for an overall vehicle condition check.
The range of accessories for Piaggio MP3 300 hpe is based on a precise design philosophy: to offer optimum on-board comfort and maximum functionality during daily usage, to enhance the role of urban commuter.
The spacious 37-litre rear top box with a quick release feature, can accommodate two demijet helmets. The upper shell is painted the same colour as the vehicle and comes complete with comfortable backrest to make the passenger’s ride more enjoyable. The top box is also available in a 37-litre version.
The optional windscreen in high quality anti-splinter material ensures excellent protection against the wind and bad weather. A great deal of care is taken regarding the aesthetics, with finish in line with the other vehicle details.
In addition to the traditional leg cover, a Comfort+ cover is available, a «hi-end» concept to maximise riding comfort all year round: designed to fit the shape of the vehicle, water-resistant, modular and easily packed away, it is coated in TPU and features an innovative anti-wave system with stiffening plates.
To ensure maximum comfort in all conditions, a heated accessory kit is also available: a heated element to insert into the leg cover, heated hand grips and heated saddle, managed by a dedicated control unit that offers four temperature levels. Rider protection and Piaggio MP3 functionality are further boosted by thermal and waterproof hand guards, a tunnel bag, which fits comfortably behind the leg shield back plate and an electronic anti-theft system.
TomTom Vio is also available, the first TomTom scooter-dedicated navigator, made in an exclusive special edition for the Piaggio Group and characterised by custom packaging, cover and splash screen.
A new range of dedicated helmets is available with the Piaggio MP3 range, the models offering hi-tech design, safety, comfort and maximum protection.
The Piaggio line of modular helmets, with thermoplastic resin shell and opening chin piece, stand out for their innovative design. The removable and washable hypoallergenic interior and micrometric fastening system, along with the retractable sun visor, external anti-scratch visor and ventilation system with multiple vents on the shell all ensure maximum riding comfort. Available in White and Matt Black to match the vehicle. ECE 22-05 homologation.
For short trips, urban commuting or “lighter” rides in contact with the wind, there is the Carbonskin demi-jet helmet with double visor (transparent exterior and hidden sun visor). This helmet offers a really easy, lightweight fit, with interior fittings that can be removed and washed and micrometric closure. The look is characterised by a longitudinal faux leather band that mirrors the weave of the carbon fibre, and a wide range of colours, all to match those of the Piaggio MP3.
Easy to wear, comfortable and lightweight, the Piaggio summer gloves ensure excellent sensitivity on the handlebar controls and optimum comfort while riding Piaggio MP3. Safety is guaranteed thanks to the abrasion-resistant (yet elasticated) material, large reinforcement zone on the palm and the soft rubber knuckle protection, almost invisible during use. The gloves are EN 13459 certified.
The new line of Piaggio winter gloves is also characterised by EN 13459 certification. The leather model combines protection and comfort with elegance and precious materials, not to mention a light, but high performance lining that defends the hands against the coldest months, without sacrificing good sensitivity on the controls.
The three-quarters winter model, on the other hand, matches technical fabric that is highly resistant to tears and abrasions with plastic knuckle guards, guaranteeing an even higher standard of protection with a sporty and technical look.
Piaggio MP3 300 hpe / 300 hpe Sport – Technical Data Sheet
|Engine||Piaggio HPE single-cylinder 4 stroke|
|Engine capacity||278 cm3|
|Bore x Stroke||75 mm x 63 mm|
|Power||18.1 kW (24.6 HP) at 7750 rpm|
|Torque||24.5 Nm at 6500 rpm|
|Distribution||Single overhead cam shaft (SOHC) with 4 valves and roller tappets|
|Fuel system||Electronic injection|
|Ignition||Electronic with inductive exhaust and variable advance integrated in the injection CPU. Closed loop system with Lambda probe for the exhaust. Electronic immobilizer, block of injection pump when the vehicle is tilted. Traction control (ASR)|
|Transmission||CVT with torque server|
|Clutch||Automatic, centrifugal dry clutch|
|Frame||Double cradle in high strength tubular steel|
|Front suspension||Articulated quadrilateral – Nominal axial stroke: 95 mm. Electro-hydraulic suspension blocking system.|
|Rear suspension||Dual hydraulic shock absorber with pre-adjusted spring in one of 4 positions – Nominal axial stroke: 122 mm|
|Front brakes||Two 258 mm discs|
|Rear brake||240 mm disc|
|Front wheel rims||Aluminium alloy 13″ x 3.00|
|Rear wheel rim||Aluminium alloy 14″ x 3.75|
|Braking system||ABS with braking integrated with the pedal|
|Front tyres||Tubeless 110/70-13”|
|Rear tyre||Tubeless 140/60-14”|
|Length/Width||2040 mm / 800 mm|
|Saddle height||790 mm|
|Fuel tank capacity||11 litres|
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