Er.., well, we couldn’t resist one more scooter post. See, 200 horsepower Hayabusas and ZZR1400s are all very well but somehow, blowing past cars (and sometimes, sportsbikes…) on a puny little scooter is just so deeply satisfying. And while some of the hottest, most stylish scooters come from Italy, the French also make some pretty torrid machines.
We are, of course, talking about Peugeot’s old Jet Force (launched back in 2003) and now the Satelis 125 Compressor, which uses a liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, supercharged 125cc engine! With its 20 horsepower, the Satelis 125 Compressor can hit a top speed of 125km/h, and acceleration is comparable to most 250cc motorcycles. (There is also a learner-friendly 15bhp version available, which can still do 115km/h.)
Sure, it's practical too, but who would ever buy a Satelis 125 Compressor for its under-seat storage space?
Compared with the older Jet Force's supercharger, the new version on the Satelis 125 makes less noise and is more fuel efficient – Peugeot claim a figure of 22km/l. Plus, the new supercharged engine is Euro 3 emissions compliant.
Yes, even with its supercharged performance, anti-lock braking system, and the exclusivity factor, the Satelis 125 Compressor is quite expensive at about US$6,000. Still, for sheer grin-inducing entertainment, this scooter may be hard to beat! More details on the Peugeot website here.
Fifth Gear did a shootout between the Peugeot JetForce 125 Compressor and the Suzuki Swift! Download the video (.Zip file) here.