Piaggio India launched a new special edition scooter in India christened the Vespa RED, priced at ₹ 87,000 (ex-showroom, Maharashtra). Based on the Vespa 125 model, the new Vespa RED has been launched in collaboration with (RED), a company that partners with global brands to create awareness and also support the fight against HIV/AIDS. This particular version of the Vespa RED has been launched only in the Indian Market, and every sale of the Vespa RED will generate money to finance Global Fund grants that support the fight to end AIDS in India.
Visually, the new Vespa RED, as its namesake, comes with an all-red treatment right from the paint job, plastic panels, seat and other features. The scooters also come with a (Vespa)RED chrome badging on the top left side of the front apron, along with the Piaggio logo at the centre. Having said that, despite the new styling and colour option, the basic design of the scooters remain identical to the standard model - the Vespa 125. The company might bring in a 150 cc Vespa RED, should the demand be there.
Mechanically too there aren't any changes worth mentioning. The scooters come powered by the same 125 cc and 150 cc, single-cylinder air-cooled 3 valve engines that come paired to a CVT gearbox. In terms of power output, former makes about 10 bhp and 10.6 Nm of torque, while the more powerful 150 cc motor makes about 11 bhp and develops a torque of 11.5 Nm.
(RED) is known to partner with the world's most iconic brands, creating special RED edition products and contributes a percentage of profits from RED-branded goods and services to the Global Fund, which supports the fight against HIV and AIDS. Apple's iPhone RED was one such product. Vespa is the first automotive brand to collaborate with (RED), and while this is the first that a RED-branded Vespa has come to India, internationally, Piaggio already retails the RED-branded Vespa based on the 946 scooter - the 'Vespa 946 RED'.