Piaggio have expanded their three-wheel MP3 model range with the introduction of the MP3 300 Sport LT and MP3 500 Sport LT — both of which are entry level models with fewer features than their current Business 300/500cc scooters.
The new LT models (LT stands for large tread) join the MP3 Sport LT ABS/ASR and MP3 Business LT ABS/ASR.
Those other versions are also updated for 2017, becoming the first three-wheelers to be equipped with ABS and Piaggio’s ASR (Anti Slip Regulation) traction control system.
Like the rest of the MP3 range the new Sport LT models can be legally ridden on just a car licence by those aged 21 and over. The new models are available in Bianco Pastello and Nero Carbonio opaco colour schemes.
The single-cylinder 300cc engine produces 21bhp at 7250rpm and 16ftlb of torque at 6000rpm.
The 500cc engine produces 39bhp at 7250rpm and 33ftlb of torque at 6000rpm. Both engines are suitable for those on restricted A2 licences.
What’s the difference?
There’s not a huge amount separating the new Sport LT models from the Business LT ABS/ASR and Sport LT ABS/ASR models already available in the MP3 range. The Business model comes with a Business plate on the tail, chrome-lated exhaust on the 500cc version, brown seat, gloss grey wheel rims and pillion grab handles.
The Sport model comes with a sport plate on the tail, red stitching on the seat and various parts finished in matt grey. There’s also a new MP3 500 Special Edition LT ABS/ACR (the names are a bit long, aren’t they?) which comes with blue graphics, metallic inserts and a ‘gritty’ footplate.
Piaggio’s slightly more agile three-wheeler, the MP3 300 Yourban has also been updated for 2017 to meet Euro4 regulations.
Prices and availability for both new LT models have yet to be announced.