The first Piaggio Ape three-wheeler was launched back in 1948 and today, with more than two million units sold over the last 55 years, the Ape is still going strong. The newest version – the 2013 Ape Calessino 200 – is, according to Piaggio, “A magnificent heir to a unique tradition unequalled by anything else in the world and a modern, youthful and agile reinterpretation of the iconic design of the 1960s, which perfectly embodies the sunshine and joie de vivre typical of the Mediterranean lifestyle.” Ahem. All right, even if that’s a bit much, we have to say the little three-wheeler looks damn cool and is stylish in its own unique way.
Powered by a 200cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine that produces a mighty 10 horsepower, the new Ape has a 4-speed (plus reverse) gearbox, is nimble enough to deal with traffic-packed narrow streets and has a top speed of 55km/h. It also boasts a folding soft-top (made of waterproof, washable beige-coloured canvas) which the ladies might appreciate, and its four doors, mounted on frames in polished stainless steel tubing with canvas ‘covers,’ offer easy accessibility to the cabin, which can accommodate a driver and two passengers.
The 2013 Ape Calessino 200 is available in three colours – red, white and blue – and is priced at 4,930 euros plus VAT.