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

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

  • Nice work Giulio!

    João Cruz says:
  • B.E.A.Utiful !!!

    jim says:
  • They look stunning. When are they available and what price will they be?

    Steve Hogan says:
  • Take my money! How soon can I get one?

    Leon Ward says:
  • $?

    Mark says:
  • This is 100% stunning… a visually elegant and fun solution.

    Marc D. says:
  • I love it – but would restrain myself from getting too tricky. Simply cleaning up the original – like in the profile view – might be enough. Press on.


    JimCan says:
  • While I like the look of it, but I am less sure about the practical aspects. You drop your phone and your scooter is disabled is the first one that comes to mind. Also, instead of making use of the extra space (from the absence of the motor) for a place to store the helmet or some groceries the designer decided to make the scooter skinnier? Design is the art of combining form and function, and this design has a little too much of the former and not enough of the latter.

    Michael Crumpton says:
  • I made a comment on how beautiful this design was. But it has disappeared.
    Aren’t we aloud to express our support to the designer?
    Apart from that, would be keen to know when this will be put into production. Can’t wait to use one.
    Thank you Giulio !

    jim says:
  • Please tell me I can buy this??

    oscar says:
  • sobriety in a classic design . Perfect and divine…..Well done…

    michel bruyer says:
  • Where can I buy it and when?

    Tom says:
  • Congratulations Giulio, very nice eye-catching project. Massimo

    Massimo says:
  • Bravo Giulio!

    Ettore says:
  • la Vespa originale è Design. Questa non è neanche re-design: è solo styling. Non c’è l’innovazione. Tutto ruota attorno all’immaginario della vespa ma solo nella forma, reinterpretata secondo uno “stile” minimalista e friendly che è lontano anni luce dal DESIGN della vespa. La sella è più comoda dell’originale? Non sembrerebbe, ma ne ricorda molto bene la forma. Occhio che quando la andate a industrializzare il telaio cosi pulito nella parte anteriore dello scudo andrà sicuramente rinforzato perché cosi non regge: addio alla bella forma arrotondata nella parte inferiore. Molto belli i loghi sullo scudo, sopratutto quando sarà il momento di pulirli.
    Mi dispiace, ma in questo caso la pulizia delle forme è solo stile. not approved by Dieter Rams!

    valentino concas says:
  • Great job! Except the speedometer-mobile solution. I would like to see a more minimalistic and integrated speedometer solution.

    Markus says:
  • Beautiful! This shows some of the potential electric drives have. But the smartphone display is a bad idea. And because of no luggage transport options I would never buy one.

    Dirk says:
  • Electric motor + classic (Vespa) design is a clear (!) Winner – come on: The danish market (+++) will love it!

    Bjarne Agger Sidelmann says:
  • Excellent work Giulio !!!… may be there’s still something to do about UX, anyway great styling !!!

    andres ferrero says:
  • I would love to ride that! Stunningly perfect.

    Sanjay Nirmal says:
  • Excellent work Giulio!!!
    Do you know the electrical version of the original VESPA or NIU scooter available in China? They are compact, slim,etc.
    Your concept can work very well, just make it happen !

    CARLOS GALAN says:
  • bene molto

    dbkii says:
  • You should consider to crowd fund it with your own style and brand name.
    – Bosch electric motor
    – LG/Panasonic/Samsung battery
    – Tires / shock absorber etc from big brands

    The remaining component is product design.

    Manufacturing could be outsourced to a Chinese company or Govecs from Germany (they can produce OEM products, like the Sway scooter from California + take care of international distribution and support).

    John says:
  • This is a shockingly bad design. From the pointless cantilevered seat which wastes a great storage opportunity, to the uncomfortable driving position with nowhere to put your feet unless you sit bolt upright with the handlebars at knee level, it’s all about looks and not about intelligent design thinking. It isn’t innovative, it’s a quick insta-fix for social networkers. Form over function. Like so much, these days…

    Ric says:
  • As a Vespa enthusiast of 35 years I would have to say this design is god-awful. I’m not talking about electric vs. classic two-stroke engine. I’m talking just visual design. Really really terrible.

    Piaggio says:

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