2017 Vespa 946 Red | Vespa partner RED Charity

The Piaggio Group joines forces with Red in fight against aids with special edition Vespa 946
2017 Vespa 946 RED - EICMA 2016
2017 Vespa 946 RED – EICMA 2016

A collaborative partnership between the Piaggio Group and RED has created the Vespa 946 Red – an all-red version of the classic scooter, sales of which will go towards initiatives fighting AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver, RED has donated $360 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. This money has gone to Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia.

2017 Vespa 946 RED
2017 Vespa 946 RED

100% of its resources have been invested in Africa to fund initiatives aimed at combating HIV/AIDS. RED’s donations to the Global Fund have had an impact on over 70 million people and been used to provide preventive measures, treatments, counselling, HIV tests and assistance services.

Having been previewed in Rome as part of the Global Fund event last June the VESPA 946 Red has now arrived with its final outfit: This how is the model will be sold in Europe, Asia, the Pacific Area and the United States.

2017 Vespa 946 RED
2017 Vespa 946 RED

For each Vespa 946 Red sold, $150 will be donated to the Global Fund and the fight against AIDS. This donation will enable RED to guarantee over 500 days’ worth of life-saving medical treatments for HIV and help prevent mothers infected with the virus from passing it on to their unborn children.

 

The Vespa 946 Red is the 2017 version of the Vespa 946, whose name commemorates the year in which the Vespa was born: 1946.

2017 Vespa 946 RED
2017 Vespa 946 RED

As per Vespa tradition, the bodywork is made of steel – now embellished with eye-catching aluminium components such as the mudguard and the side covers, which also serve to house and support the engine, the transmission, and all the scooter’s mechanical parts.

The aluminium mudguard at the front covers the 12-inch wheel with timeless elegance and is the same size as the rear cover. The detachable rims are made of an aluminium alloy. To ensure maximum safety, the brake system is of the double disc type and is complemented by a dual-channel ABS system.

2017 Vespa 946 RED - EICMA 2016
2017 Vespa 946 RED – EICMA 2016

The Vespa 946 Red is equipped with innovative ASR traction control, an advanced electronic system that prevents the rear wheel from skidding. This technological refinement, exclusive to the Piaggio Group, prevents loss of grip and ensures traction at all times.

 

The beating heart of the Vespa 946 Red is a 125cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine with three valves, which is air-cooled and has an electronic injection system. This ultra-modern engine consumes minimal fuel, makes very little noise and boasts exceptionally low emissions levels.

2017 Vespa 946 RED
2017 Vespa 946 RED

The injection system features 3D curves for injection advance, quantity and timing are managed by a control unit of the latest generation.

As per Vespa tradition, a wide range of lifestyle elements and accessories are available for owners to personalise their Vespa 946 Red . Vespa 946 Red is also supporting RED’s cause with a range of dedicated accessories, including a leather case to fit in the rear luggage rack and a special top fairing. Not forgetting, of course, the RED helmet, t-shirt, tote bag and matching mug.