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Piaggio MP3 530, high performance


TEST – Entirely renewed, the latest MP3 is close to an automobile in terms of its technological content.

After having revolutionized individual mobility with its MP3 tricycle and converted, in the space of sixteen years, nearly 230,000 people, more than half of them in France, mainly from the car industry, Piaggio has decided to open a new chapter with a completely renewed model. This is apparent at first glance with a more expressive style marked by the installation of LED lights and indicators in the fairing. Among the original features of this design, the number plate integrated into the rear mud flap is exposed to damage by being placed so low. Still open to B license holders (provided they follow a 7-hour training course for new entrants), the new MP3 is available in two versions: 400 and 530 cm3, but it is with the most efficient that you access the best of technology.

Simon Palfrader

Hands-free key in the pocket, the single-cylinder 530 cm3 snorts after turning on the ignition via the rotary button and pressing the starter button. The on-board computer indicates a range of 260 km. At idle speed, the MP3 is not free from vibrations. Everything is in order from the first meters. Compared to the 500 cc it replaces, the 530 hpe has benefited from significant modifications in order to meet the Euro 5 standard. If the power does not change much, the torque increases to reach 50 Nm at a lower speed. There are no small savings: the suspension is lightened by 1.1 kilos and the scooter loses 7 kilos to display 280 kilos. It’s still a lot, especially in town where its maneuverability does not equal that of a two-wheeler. But, the Italian tricycle is aimed primarily at “commuters”, those who easily travel 50 km per day and essentially make peri-urban journeys.

Sylvain Reisser

Vigorous accelerations, covering the first 60 meters takes 0.4 seconds less than before, making it easier to enter fast lanes. The 110 km / h are reached quickly and by turning the throttle fully, it will be possible to flirt with 145 km / h. Three modes are available to the driver. In Sport, throttle response is quicker. When in Eco mode, it restricts the power by 20%. At high speed, we feel movements in the front axle but without the heading holding being altered. The general approval progresses notably thanks to a lowered sound level, a more considerate suspension, a tinted and more voluminous windshield protecting perfectly from the wind and an improved comfort of seat. The handlebars have been moved back and raised by 10mm, the wider floor has been lowered by 20mm and the saddle has been redesigned. Another plus: the apron incorporates knee protectors.

To these developments, Piaggio has added certain refinements that propel the MP3 into a new dimension. The instrumentation is based on a 7-inch TFT color screen, the largest on the market. It offers perfect readability and an easy-to-use joystick, on the left side of the handlebar, ensures navigation in the various menus. With the manufacturer’s application, by connecting your smartphone via Bluetooth, you can have your music library, manage your phone calls and also display navigation instructions for a planned route on the dashboard.

S.Reisser

Developed from the Sport finish of the 400, the 530 cc innovates, adding driving aids hitherto unknown on this type of machine. The MP3 warns, by a visual alert on the screen, of the presence of vehicles in blind spots (up to 30 m). This safety system is coupled with the lane change assistant to further reduce the risk of collision with a rapidly approaching vehicle. Finally, the Italian trike adds cruise control and a reverse camera. Requiring pressing the start button, the operation is not free of jerks. To acquire this new MP3 530, you will have to pay 12,999 euros, or 2,000 euros more than the 400 Sport and the old 500.

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Piaggio 1+ Active, taking on city centers


DECRYPTION – The Italian manufacturer continues its offensive in electric mobility with a scooter equivalent to a 125 cm3, at a tight price.

It is written. The future of European urban centers belongs to electric two-wheelers. Bike or scooter? Everyone will appreciate the solution that best suits them according to their needs and preferences. In both cases, nothing better has been found to move freely while improving air quality. Regarding the scooter, the market is booming. Between 2017 and 2020, sales jumped 32% in Europe.

In France, registrations doubled last year, driven mainly by sharing services. 50 cm equivalent machines accounted for 85% of purchases. The planned introduction of paid parking for thermal engine vehicles in Paris and, more generally, the policy of excluding these models from outside the city’s borders, which is set to become widespread in a number of metropolitan areas, opens up a boulevard to these silent machines.

Continuation of the offensive

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Piaggio MP3 400, the happy medium


TEST – The Italian manufacturer is taking advantage of the switch to the Euro 5 standard to revamp its range of three-wheeled scooters and introduce a 400 version.

Landed on the planet at the end of 2006, the three-wheeled scooter redistributed the cards of the practice of two-wheelers in urban and peri-urban environments, rallying two-wheelers looking for a safer solution and motorists who hesitated until then to take the plunge. With us, the success has been unprecedented and it has never wavered. The hell that big cities have become for motorists – reduction of lanes, elimination of surface parking spaces – reinforces its appeal.

The Italian manufacturer Piaggio seized the opportunity to switch to the Euro 5 pollution control standard to simplify its MP3 range and maintain its leadership. The MP3 family now revolves around the entry-level compact MP3 300, and two renamed Maxi MP3s. Below the 44 hp 500 version which sits at the top of the range, the Italians have replaced the 350 cm model3 by a more efficient version equipped with a four-stroke, four-valve single-cylinder, the displacement of which has been increased to 400 cm3. Power increased 16% to 35 hp at 7,000 rpm. As for the torque, it progresses by 30% to reach 37.7 Nm at 5,500 rpm, instead of 29 Nm at 6,250 rpm on the model it replaces. On the road, this progress translates into superior performance. The 400 HPE can venture further out of cities thanks to greater flexibility of use, greater responsiveness at mid-range, and higher top speed. This three-wheeled scooter easily handles 130 km / h. A guarantee of safety when taking expressways to reach an airport or go to an appointment.

Accessible with a B license

DAVID PELL

Over the kilometers, we realize that the vibrations are annihilated and that the sound has been muffled. For the rest, we find the qualities of this three-wheeler, namely the great stability, especially in curves and braking, provided by the two front wheels and which can reassure the neophyte. This is one of its strengths, this scooter is accessible to holders of a B license, provided they have followed a 7-hour training course. Getting started is easy but you will still have to get used to a weight of 257 kg, identical to that of the 350. To facilitate parking, Piaggio has developed a reverse gear but it is only available on the 500.

DAVID PELL

Electrically opening, the trunk under the saddle remains unchanged and can accommodate two full-face helmets or a satchel. Equipped as standard on the MP3 400, the Piaggio MIA application that is connected via Bluetooth to the machine allows you to open the saddle but also to record all the data on your smartphone and to manage communications using the control button. located on the left handlebars. Two versions appear in the catalog: the standard version invoiced at € 8,999 and the Sport model, recognizable by its aluminum running boards and shock absorber springs and red tire trims (€ 9,199). The HPE MP3 400 represents the perfect compromise and meets most uses. Those who do most of their trips on expressways will turn to the 500 requiring an additional € 2,000 (€ 10,999).

DAVID PELL

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