Vespa PX200E


Make Model

Vespa PX200E,  Arcobaleno, Arcobaleno El


1982 - 99


Two stroke, single cylinder,


198 cc / 12 cub in
Bore x Stroke 66.5 x 57 mm
Compression 9.8:1
Carburetor Dell'Orto SI 24/24 E
Cooling Air cooled, forced

Fuel Mixture

Induction Disc valve
Ignition Electronic
Starting Kick start
Battery 12V 9Ah
Spark Plug NGK - B6ES
Clutch Wet, multiplate

Max Power

8.8  kW / 12 hp @ 5700 rpm


4 Speed, grip-shift, constant mesh
Gear Ratios 1st 14.47 / 2nd 10.28 / 3rd 7.31 / 4th 5.36:1
Final Drive Direct drive
Frame Pressed sheet steel, streamlined monocoque structure

Front Suspension

Coil spring with hydraulic shock absorber, double effect

Rear Suspension

Coil spring with hydraulic shock absorber, double effect

Front Brakes

125 mm drum, expanding type

Rear Brakes

127 mm drum, expanding type
Wheels Interchangeable, split rim

Front Tyre

3.5 x 10"

Rear Tyre

3.5 x 10"


Length:  1760 mm / 69.3 in

Width:      695 mm / 27.3 in

Height:   1110 mm / 43.7 in


1235 mm / 48.7 in

Ground clearance

225 mm / 8.9 in

Turning Radius

1650 mm / 65 in

Dry Weight

108 kg / 238 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

8 L / 2 US gal


2.1 L / 0.55 US gal

Consumption  average

3 L/100 km / 33 km/l / 78 US mpg

Top Speed

105 km/h / 65 mph


Vespa P series was the last of the "classic" Vespas to come out of Piaggio's factories.  though certainly not the most elegant styling, the P-series Vespas are probably the sturdiest models.

In the mid-70s the basic Vespa design had been refined almost as far as it was able to go.  However, changing consumer tastes, and new technologies, coupled with tightened regulations meant that Piaggio realised that it was time to totally re-design the Vespa chassis.  The result was the P-series.  It was such a large break from the previous style and design philosophy that many hard-core scooterists did not consider the P-series to be true  Vespas, even well into the 90's.  It is a debate that still continues, though the influx of new automatic scooters has tempered it and helped propel the P-series into the ranks of the classics.

On the P everything was bigger. the frame was newly designed and h=physically much larger than nay of the previous models.  The cowls were more angular.