Vespa is celebrating the 946 model's 10th anniversary with a special edition that links in with the Chinese Lunar Calendar.
Vespa already has a limited edition 946 Christian Dior, but the company clearly felt that was too niche and has decided to try and cash in on the lunar new year instead.
Vespa also plans to release a new limited and numbered model as part of a collection of special edition models linked with the 12-year lunar calendar for the next 12 years. Now that's a commitment to an idea!
The first bike of this special edition run is the Vespa 946 10th anniversary with the bike dedicated to the year of the rabbit. Vespa will only produce a limited and numbered series of 1,000 examples. Since Vespa will be introducing a new annual edition each year, inspired by the lunar horoscope animal of that year, that means next year's bike will be a take on a dragon theme.
According to Vespa, since its debut in 2013, the Vespa 946 has established itself as the archetype of the Vespa of tomorrow. One which interprets the values that have made Vespa a global icon while injecting it with a contemporary spirit and a forward-facing attitude. It is an Italian-made masterpiece, which has now become a real collector's item, taking shape in a dedicated production line that is more like an haute couture atelier than anything else. This special version is issued in a reworking of the classic Vespa green, to symbolize the love of fun, light-heartedness, and nature typical of those born under this sign. The stylized silhouette of a rabbit peeps out on the body.
All the details of the Vespa 946 10° Anniversario are made in a refined burnished finish with warm reflections, while the double-upholstered saddle is black with burnished stitching and is sewn by hand with needle and thread, as are the handgrips.
Pricing and how many of the limited edition green bunny themed bikes will head our way are yet to be announced by Vespa New Zealand.