June 2019 – After more than 180,000 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. 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.
HIGHLIGHTS. Piaggio MP3 300 hpe: New GT design. New 300 hpe engine. ABS and ASR systems as standard equipment. Headlights with LED DRL. LED turn indicators and taillight. Complete instrument cluster with multi-function digital display. Built-in windscreen for better protection. Brake pedal with improved ergonomics. Comfortable saddle with lumbar support for the rider. Spacious under-seat compartment.
Dynamic and sporty design. Piaggio MP3 300 hpe stands out for its modern and sporty design, which harmoniously blends the aggressive front end with a sleek rear to provide a slender and light line. 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 (Sport version), 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.
PIAGGIO MP3 300 HPE.
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 footboard, has been repositioned for better global riding ergonomics. The under-seat compartment, extremely spacious, easily accommodates two jet helmets (one jet and one demi-jet). 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.
PIAGGIO MP3 300 HPE SPORT.
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 display the functioning of the headlights, dipped headlights, indicators, reserve fuel, oil pressure, warning (injection), immobilizer, ABS, ASR and four emergency lights. 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. The new Piaggio MP3 300 hpe range comes in two different versions: Piaggio MP3 300 hpe and Piaggio MP3 300 hpe Sport, the latter distinguished by even sportier finishes and details. Piaggio MP3 300 hpe. A symbol of metropolitan elegance, Piaggio MP3 300 hpe is available in two brand new colour schemes: glossy Nero Cosmo 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 highlighted by the front and rear shock absorber springs painted red, a colour that also appears on the contrasting stitching of the seat. Other standard features include front daisy brake discs and aluminium accents on the footboard. Three colour schemes are available: Pastel white, glossy Pastel grey and Meteora 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), the unit has benefited from extensive work aimed at increasing performance while at the same time reducing fuel consumption.
With respect to the previous version, maximum power comes in at 19.3 kW (26.2 HP) at 7750 rpm, which translates into a 24% increase, while maximum torque, equating to 26 Nm at 6500 rpm, has been boosted by 15%. Figures of absolute reference that are immediately appreciated when accelerating from stationary. These improvements are paired with a significant reduction in consumption, with mileage increasing from 30.3 km/l to 31,2 km/l in the WMTC cycle. The primary objective of the project was to optimise thermodynamic output and to reduce friction and engine noise, at the same time increasing performance and general rideability. All of this without affecting weight and dimensions, which remain the same as the previous unit.
The head is the result of a completely new cast and is characterised by entirely redesigned internal components: the geometry and diameter of the ducts have been revamped, as well as the intake and exhaust valves, which have increased in diameter by 3 mm. The use of a piston with redesigned architecture, particularly in the shape of the top, results in a highly efficient combustion chamber. The single camshaft system with overhead valves is entirely new and has rockers with roller tappets instead of flat tappets, all to the advantage of smoothness, durability and the reduction in mechanical loss. The camshaft profile has been redesigned to achieve different angle over stroke, stronger but at the same time capable of reducing the noise generated by the distribution: specifically, more angle over stroke valve time guarantees greater filling of the combustion chamber, which translates into better efficiency. Consequently, the load and dimensions of the valve springs have also been upgraded. The introduction of a new high-pressure multi-jet injector also helps to improve combustion. A more generous intake line, equipped with a duct with optimised length, improves the torque delivered at low revs and ensures an exceptionally smooth ride at any speed. Last, but not least, the new iridium ignition spark-plug ensures greater durability in the same operating conditions. The numerous changes to the engine have also increased the already proverbial reliability, which is demonstrated by the less frequent routine servicing, now scheduled for every 10,000 km.
The transmission has also been dramatically redesigned: The continuously variable transmission (CVT) benefits from a sturdier belt and new materials designed to reduce friction and noise; lastly, a new and stiffer clutch drum has allowed for even more quiet mechanical operation. The engine is controlled by a latest-generation Magneti Marelli MIUG4 ECU, already compatible with the future Euro 5 standard: featuring greater calculating capacity, it contributes to improving overall engine efficiency and also allows the engine to be started almost instantaneously, after just two revolutions of the crankshaft.
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 synergistically exploits the vehicle's sensors and the smartphone to monitor tyre wear and inflation, immediately warning the user before potentially critical situations arise; while the general analysis function allows overall vehicle condition check.
Accessories. The range of accessories for Piaggio MP3 300 hpe is based on a precise design philosophy: combining unparalleled on-board comfort with genuine everyday usability, in keeping with its role as a metropolitan commuter. The accessories range includes: 37-litre quick-release top box, spacious enough for one flip-up helmet. 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, finished in the same material and colour as the seat. Top box internal bag: made in polyester, it is moulded to the shape of the top box and features an external zip pocket for small items, a handle and shoulder strap.
Style windshield: made in high quality anti-chip material, guarantees optimum protection from the air and foul weather. Great attention to detail was focused on aesthetics as well, with design and finishing that match the vehicle perfectly.
Comfort+ leg cover: 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. Heated accessories management module: to ensure maximum comfort in all conditions, a heated accessory kit is also available. The Comfort+ leg cover, the heated seat and heated hand grips can be managed and adjusted to three temperature levels directly from the vehicle dashboard using intuitive pictograms. Mechanical anti-theft system: practical and secure, it anchors the handlebar to the vehicle using a fastening system anchored to the body. The range of accessories is completed by thermal and waterproof hand guards, the electronic anti-theft system, the Piaggio Multimedia Platform and the outdoor vehicle cover.
A new range of helmets is available with the Piaggio MP3 range offering hi-tech design, safety, comfort and maximum protection. The Piaggio range of modular helmets features a thermoplastic resin shell, a flip-up chin guard and an innovative design. With a removable and washable anti-allergenic lining, a micrometric fastening system, a drop-down sun visor, a scratch-resistant outer visor and a ventilation system with numerous vents in the shell, these helmets offer impeccable rider comfort. Available in White and Matt Black to match the vehicle. ECE 22-05 approved.
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 extracted and washed and micrometric closure. Completing the look is a longitudinal strip of eco-leather embossed with a carbon fibre weave pattern, and a wide choice of colours coordinated with the colours offered for the Piaggio MP3.
Easy to wear, comfortable and light, the summer gloves of the Piaggio range ensure impeccable feel for uncompromised control and extraordinary comfort when riding the Piaggio MP3. Superlative protection is ensured by abrasion-resistant (but elasticated) fabric, generously sized reinforcement pads on the palm and soft rubber knuckle shields, which are almost completely invisible during normal 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.