Piaggio MP3 500 HPE Business


Make Model

Piaggio MP3 500 HPE Business




Four stroke, Master HPE single cylinder, SOHC, 4 valves


492.7 cc / 30.0 cu-in
Bore x Stroke 94 x 71 mm
Cooling System Liquid cooled
Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Lubrication Wet sump


Electronic injection system


Electronic inductive discharge, integrated variable timing 
Starting Electric

Max Power

29.4 kW / 40.1 hp @ 7250 rpm
Max Toque 42.2 Nm / 31.2 lb-ft @ 5550 rpm
Clutch Automatic centrifugal dry


CVT continuously variable transmission with torque server

Final Drive Belt
Frame Double cradle in high strength steel tubes

Front Suspension

Articulated quadrilateral consisting of four aluminum arms sustaining two steering tubes, and leading arm suspension geometry with offset wheel axle. Electro-hydraulic suspension locking system

Front Wheel Travel 95 mm / 3.7 in

Rear Suspension

Dual effect hydraulic shock absorbers and adjustable spring pre-load

Rear Wheel Travel 108 mm / 4.2 in

Front Brakes

2x 258mm stainless steel discs, one disc brake per wheel, 2 piston caliper

Rear Brakes

Single 240mm disc
ABS ABS with braking integrated with the pedal

Front Tyre

2x 120/70 -13

Rear Tyre

140/70 -14
Dimensions Length 2160 mm / 85.0 in
Width    775 mm / 30.5 in
Height 1350 mm / 53.1 in
Wheelbase 1549 mm / 61.0 in
Seat Height 790 mm / 30.9 in

Dry Weight

261 kg / 577 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

12 Litres / 3.2 US gal

The new Piaggio MP3 – the ideal commuter scooter debuts in the 500cc version with powerful yet highly economical engine. Because of its three-wheeled design it’s actually classed as a tricycle, and can therefore be ridden on any road, with a standard car licence. It is the first ‘three-wheeler’ in the world to boast an anti-lock braking system (ABS) integrated with ASR traction control (Acceleration Slip Regulation) – A Piaggio Group exclusive and technological first in this category.
The two front wheels are larger in diameter – now 13 inches – with a new design which benefits both the dynamic handling and the more dynamic look of the MP3’s front end, which has become even more prominent.

The new 500cc engine adopts the ‘ride-by-wire’ engine control system that gives the rider the option to switch between two maps – ‘’standard’’ and ‘’eco’’. Fuel consumption is down by 15% on the standard map and a further 10% on the eco, making this vehicle up to 25% more fuel efficient. This new model also boasts PMP (Piaggio Multimedia Platform) allowing you to connect through a Bluetooth, iOS or Android smartphone, in order to open up new and different functions including average fuel consumption and navigation to your nearest authorised service centre.

The entry level model of the Piaggio MP3 range is available in the two engine sizes (300 cc and 500 cc) in the Bianco Pastello and Nero Carbonio opaco colour schemes, both with black saddle in contrast with the wheel rims and passenger grab handles in matt grey.

The versions: different styles, same safety

The Piaggio MP3 is available in the entry level Piaggio MP3 300/500 LT and the Business and Sport versions, with dedicated equipment and colour schemes. The new Piaggio MP3 500 Special Edition LT is also available.


Piaggio MP3 is the world’s first 3-wheel scooter, the concrete response to the demand for easy-to-handle, extremely safe city vehicles to get about in the city or reach the city centre from the ever growing suburbs. The two front wheels and the exclusive patented suspension system, conceived and developed by Piaggio before any other global manufacturer, combine the safety of a car with the simplicity and practicality of a scooter and the fun of a motorcycle with dynamic riding on corners. This is why Piaggio MP3 is able to satisfy a truly global demand: from drivers looking for a more practical yet safe alternative to the experienced motorcyclist able to appreciate the advantages and technical features of a vehicle that has, on its own, created a new market segment of which it is the undisputed leader.

“Two wheels ahead of the rest”: a definition which not only indicates the peculiar characteristic of Piaggio MP3, but also suggests technological superiority that the revolutionary Piaggio Group “three wheeler” has managed to affirm. Two front wheels to travel in total safety in any weather or road surface conditions and at the same time have fun riding just as on a conventional two-wheeled vehicle.

For the first time, with Piaggio MP3, automotive safety meets motorcycle riding pleasure. In the wake of the great public success achieved since 2006, the year the first model was introduced, Piaggio has developed and implemented several versions and engine capacities to meet all daily mobility requirements: from the Yourban version, the most sleek and urban Piaggio MP3 model, to the LT (acronym for Large Tread) models that stand out for a number of characteristics such as the front track widened to 465 mm, motorcycle-type turn indicators, an LED daylight running light inserted in the upper part of the leg shield and the pedal on the footrest that activates the integral braking. Characteristics which allow the Piaggio MP3 LT, in the 300 and 500 cc engine capacities, to be ridden at any age as long as the rider is a normal car driver’s licence holder (Class B).

Piaggio MP3 LT can be ridden in numerous countries with a car driver’s license. For example, in Italy, France, Great Britain, Spain and some other European Union countries, this is possible pursuant to European Directive 2006/126/EC, as long as the rider is at least 21 years of age, rides in the national territory and complies with any additional national regulations.


Piaggio MP3 is available in two different engine sizes (300 and 500 cc, Euro 4), each of which is available in two different versions – Sport and Business – to complete a true family three-wheeled vehicle that is capable of meeting any and all daily mobility needs. In this already wide range, now you can find the Piaggio MP3 300/500 Sport LT, an entry level version both for the 300 and 500 engine size which – simplified in its features – is available at an extremely competitive price for an even wider range of customers who want to benefit from all the safety content offered by three-wheeled technology.

Piaggio MP3 500 (in its three versions: Piaggio MP3 500 Sport LT, Piaggio MP3 500 Sport LT ABS/ASR e Piaggio MP3 500 Business LT ABS/ASR) is now the flagship of the 3-wheel vehicle range supplied by the Piaggio Group. With power of 28.5 kW at 7250 rpm and torque of 45.5 Nm at 5000 rpm, it is fully capable of meeting any town, city or country mobility needs.

Piaggio MP3 300 (available in the Piaggio MP3 300 Sport LT, Piaggio MP3 300 Sport LT ABS/ASR and Piaggio MP3 300 Business LT ABS/ASR versions) maintains all the aesthetic and technical characteristics that place Piaggio MP3 a step ahead of the competition, combining it with a high performance engine and reduced consumption. The 300 cc 4-stroke, 4-valve, liquid-cooled engine with electronic injection delivers maximum power of 15.5 kW at 7250 rpm, with a torque output of 22.5 Nm at 6000 rpm. These are figures that translate, on one side, into excellent response in acceleration during constant city stop-and-go riding and on the other into a top speed which is more than capable of handling motorway riding, guaranteeing the possibility of long range travel in total comfort.


Comfort and functionality

The Piaggio MP3 frame was been designed with the dual objective of providing, on the one hand, excellent riding stability and precision and, on the other, a wider range of uses. The project meets these two important requirements, creating the best Piaggio MP3 ever built in terms of dynamic qualities, safety standards and comfort for rider and passenger.

The saddle boasts sumptuous characteristics: flat and comfortable for two people to sit on, an improvement on the earlier generation of the Piaggio MP3. The ergonomics benefit from this, starting from the position of the legs, extended and relaxed. In particular the perfect triangulation handlebars-saddle-footplate is sized to make riding easier and provide total vehicle control. And it’s not only the rider who benefits. Designed as a true alternative to the car, the latest generation of Piaggio Mp3 provides the passenger with even high comfort: there is plenty of available space, whereas the seating position is relaxed, in addition to benefiting from the advantages of the retractable footpegs. The large compartment under the seat, fitted with courtesy light and mat, has additional uses, due to the regular, almost rectangular shape, without indentations or partitions, so every square centimetre can be used, for example to store two full-face helmets or a laptop holder. The saddle, which can also be opened using the Bike Finder remote control (making the turn indicators flash), opens electrically, as usual, and it is assisted by a convenient shock absorber strut that accompanies the seat opening movement in a practical and safe way. The flat streamlined tail for an easily assembled box (just one of the many accessories available), further increasing the already exceptional load capacity of the Piaggio MP3.

Even more safety. The first 3-wheeler with ABS and ASR

The Piaggio MP3 is the first three-wheeler in the world equipped with an ABS antilock braking system, integrated with ASR (Acceleration Slip Regulation) traction control.

The ASR system is an electronic traction control device regulating the driving wheel slippage. The ASR can be switched off simply and it guarantees safety by preventing the slippage of the rear wheel on slippery or wet roads and uneven surfaces, for excellent rear tyre grip and road holding in all conditions. The Piaggio Group is the first manufacturer to use traction control for a scooter, a technological first developed in-house, based on racing experience and subsequently adapted and built into street vehicles.

The ABS system takes safety to the highest possible levels, preventing the wheels from locking up in braking, a phenomenon which has in any case been vastly reduced by the presence of the double front wheel that ensures much better grip than a traditional scooter. Developed specifically for the Piaggio MP3, it uses a Continental control unit and three channels controlling the three wheels individually modulating only the braking force to prevent grip loss. Piaggio MP3 employs an all-disc braking system on the three wheels, with a disc diameter of no less than 258 mm. Greater safety and an even smoother ride are provided by large larger 13 inch diameter front wheels.

This is the resounding success due to the MP3 exclusive Piaggio dual independent tilting front wheel technology, thanks to the 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. This is the original project patented by Piaggio, with a roll mechanism comprising four aluminium alloy arms, fitted on four hinges on the central sleeve and two side sleeves connected to the arms by pins 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 of the front suspension, a distinguishing feature of the 3-wheel Italian scooter, transforms the balance of the Piaggio MP3 from dynamic to static. Start up the Piaggio MP3 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 anywhere, easily and without effort.

A unique style

The Piaggio MP3 has a modern and elegant look with evident hints of a motor car and a car-style refined finish and high perceived quality. In designing Piaggio MP3, the Piaggio Group Style Centre favoured modern and distinctive traits. The front shield recalls the original model but has a new form. The smoke-grey windshield provides protection and can be adjusted to three different heights. The headlights and indicators have high efficiency daytime lights with 7 high efficiency LEDs, adapted from the auto industry and modernizing the look of the front of the scooter. The wheel rims boast a new and elegant 5 split spoke design: reminiscent of saloon cars and luxury autos.

The dashboard includes the set of modern instruments in two conventional round panels and a multi-purpose digital panel with data on fuel consumption (average and current), average and maximum speed, fuel gauge, travel time, ambient temperature and 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 (where present) and four emergency lights. In the centre part, just beneath the display, a series of 4 warning lights are placed which indicate: roll lock warning, engine shut-down, no roll and hand brake. Push buttons under the handlebars are to open the saddle and switch off the ASR (where present).

The leg shield back plate has two anti-impact pads the colour of the saddle in front of the rider’s knees. There is also a convenient, retractable bag hook. The compartment above the instruments has a drawer and USB connection, ideal for recharging a smartphone and any other enabled device.

The line of the Piaggio MP3’s tail is very streamlined and dynamic, elegantly truncated, highlighting the sports character of the Piaggio MP3, reflected in its exceptional road holding and tilt while turning. The surface finish is smooth, reinforcing the streamlined look of the vehicle, which has a highly dynamic appearance. The tail stop and position lights also benefit from LED technology. The parcel holder and passenger handle, in aluminium, complete the line of the comfortable saddle.

Piaggio Multimedia Platform: always connected to your smartphone

The sophisticated Piaggio Multimedia Platform, available from among the many dedicated accessories for the Piaggio MP3, illustrated in the catalogue, connects your smartphone to the on-board electronic system, turning it into a multi-purpose instrument, a computer able to display simultaneously data such as speed, revs, engine power and torque in real time, as well as acceleration in a straight line, tilt in cornering, average and current fuel consumption, average speed and battery voltage among a host of other functions. A smartphone connected with the Piaggio Multimedia Platform can also be used to display maps and routes or to find the location, for example, of petrol stations or support services. The tyre condition monitoring feature takes synergistic advantage of the vehicle and smartphone sensors to monitor tyre wear and inflation, immediately alerting the rider of any potentially critical situations. The general analysis feature monitors vehicle condition.