Piaggio MP3 500 Sport ABS


Make Model

Piaggio MP3 500 Sport ABS


2016 - 17


Four stroke, 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 Piaggio MP3 500 ABS, with aggressive styling and performance, is the three-wheeler for people who want to stand out. Riding has never been this easy, enjoyable, secure and fast. When you take 20% less braking distance required and pair it with a lean angle of 40-degrees, you get a perfect machine for impeccable road holding in all riding conditions.

Freedom: All the riding pleasure of a motorcycle. The wind protection, carrying ability and comfort of a Tourer, with the practicality of a scooter.

Agile: Fast and nimble with high grip levels. The two front wheels offer road holding abilities on either wet or dry roads that a single front wheel cannot match.

Fun: City or mountain road, the MP3 is designed for every riding situation to deliver maximum riding fun and exhilaration.

Smart: ABS and ASR fitted as standard, USB & 12v charging, Smartphone connectivity, LED lighting, large seat storage and option top cases for additional carrying capacity.




In 2006 Piaggio brought the future to today inventing a new form of transport. With Mp3, Piaggio reinvented city transport. Piaggio Mp3 was 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 joining them combine the safety of a car with the simplicity and practicality of a scooter and the fun of a motor cycle with dynamic riding when turning. Therefore 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.

Piaggio Mp3 500, the current flagship of the three-wheeler vehicle range offered by the Piaggio Group, is available in two versions, Business and Sport, able to satisfy every need of urban, metropolitan and out-of-town mobility and can be ridden with a normal car driving license.

Chassis and functionality

The chassis of the Piaggio MP3 has been designed with the dual objective of, on the one hand, ensuring excellent stability and riding precision and, on the other, increasing vehicle usability, obtaining the best Piaggio Mp3 ever built in terms of dynamic qualities, safety standards and rider and passenger comfort. The space available improves ergonomics and optimizes the use of the load space in the under seat compartment.

The shapes and forms help to increase on-board comfort. The saddle is of lavish dimensions: flat and comfortable also for two people. with ergonomic benefits, starting from the position of the legs, more extended and relaxed. In particular the handlebars-saddle-footplate triangulation is larger, making riding easier and improving vehicle control. And it’s not only the rider who benefits. Conceived as an alternative to the car, the Piaggio Mp3 also provides additional passenger comfort: with increased space, and a more relaxed sitting position, plus the advantages of a pull-out footplate. The large compartment under the seat, fitted with 12 volt plug, courtesy light and mat, has been redesigned for 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 flip up helmets or a laptop holder. As before the seat opens electrically with power-assisted shock absorber for smooth, safe opening. The flat streamlined tail fairing for an easily assembled box (just one of the many accessories available), further increasing the already exceptional load capacity of the Piaggio Mp3.

Utmost safety with ABS and ASR

Piaggio Mp3 has been the first 3-wheeled scooter. Today the Piaggio MP3 is confirmed as the absolute benchmark in terms of safety, thanks to the ABS anti-lock braking system supplemented by 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 rear wheel traction control for a scooter, in-house developed technology, based on racing experience and subsequently adapted and built into city vehicles.

The ABS system maximizes active safety preventing wheel blockage under braking and providing full control of the vehicle at all times. 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. The Piaggio Mp3 adopts disc brakes on all three wheels, with 258 mm front discs, helping to increase their power and efficiency and reducing stopping distances. Excellent safety and ability to absorb road roughness is provided by the 13-inch 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.

Piaggio Mp3 style

The style of the Piaggio Mp3 500 has clear references to the car world, which it closely resembles for the refinement of the finishes and the high level of perceived quality. The Centro Stile Piaggio Group has characterised it with distinctive modern and very personal features. The front shield is supplemented by the protective tinted windshield, height adjustable in three positions. The headlights and indicators consist of high efficiency daytime lights with 7 LEDs, adapted from the auto industry and modernizing the look of the front of the scooter. The 13″ wheel rims boast an elegant 5 split spoke design: reminiscent of saloon cars and luxury autos.
The handlebars integrate with the complete 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, dual mapping of the engine CPU, 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. 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.

The attention to detail is also noticeable in the leg shield back plate that adopts two padded shock-resistant elements matching the saddle colour, right in front of the rider’s knees. Complete with pull-out hook for bags. The compartment above the instruments has a drawer and USB connection, ideal for recharging a smartphone and other devices.

The rear of the Piaggio MP3 is modern, sporty and elegant at the same time. The line was inspired by the latest generation of Piaggio GT maxi-scooters. The truncated tail is streamlined and dynamic and accommodates the stop and tail lights implemented using LED technology, highlighting the sports character of the Piaggio Mp3, reflected in its exceptional road holding and tilt while turning. Passenger comfort is ensured by the saddle, exceptionally comfortable. and by the ergonomic aluminium handle integrated in the luggage rack.