Piaggio MP3 300 hpe, the new, more agile and lighter version of the original three-wheeled scooter that redefined urban mobility. The design, content and comfort of a Granturismo scooter in a compact and easy-to-handle MP3 equipped with exclusive piaggio three-wheeler technology that allows it to be ridden with just a car driver's licence. Brilliant performance thanks to the new 300 hpe engine with more than 24 hp, great safety with abs and asr systems and excellent available space. The sport package is also available with Piaggio MIA connectivity system included as standard equipment.
PIAGGIO MP3 300 HPE
After more than 170,000 MP3 units sold all over the world, Piaggio continues to revolutionise the world of urban and metropolitan mobility, introducing a new, original version of its three-wheeled scooter at EICMA 2018.
Piaggio MP3 300 hpe is the new, more agile and lighter version of the Piaggio MP3: a compact, sporty and dynamic vehicle which, nevertheless, does not sacrifice superior comfort and the content typical of GT scooters. All of this combined with the new Piaggio 300 hpe engine, accredited with power and torque values at the top of its category.
Piaggio MP3 300 hpe can be operated with a simple car driver-s license: in fact, the exclusive Piaggio three-wheeler technology is the same as its “bigger siblings” Piaggio MP3 350 and 500 hpe: the front articulated quadrilateral suspension system and the double front wheel are unique and distinctive elements that make riding the Piaggio MP3 an absolutely unique experience, with more cornering stability than any other scooter, and excellent road holding that can be felt at its finest on wet asphalt or in poor grip conditions.
The compact dimensions and handling of the Piaggio MP3 300 hpe can be appreciated both in manoeuvring and at a stop, making parking super easy to manage and enhancing agility when in motion. The front end is extremely precise in riding and even more communicative.
Dynamic and sporty design
Piaggio MP3 300 hpe stands out for its modern and sporty design which harmoniously blends the aggressive front end with a sleek rear to provide a slender and light line.
The front shield maintains the distinctive traits of the Piaggio MP3 maxiscooter family: the centre is dominated by the double headlight fitted with high efficiency LED daylight running lights, a solution borrowed from the automotive world that modernises the front view. The characteristic “neck tie” divides the headlights and acts as a connecting element between the grille and the built-in tinted windscreen designed to guarantee the best possible protection. Contributing to slimming down the front view, made unique by the double front wheels, are the sporty profile mudguards painted to match the body, whereas the wheel rims have a five split-spoke design: another clear reference to the luxury sport saloon world.
To go with the aggressive front, there is a sleek and slender tail which elegantly houses two convenient handles for the passenger, ending with the modern and refined rear light assembly, characterised by LED position and brake lights.
Comfort and functionality
The new Piaggio MP3 300 hpe is comfortable and extremely functional. The saddle, with seating on two separate levels, is shaped in such a way so as to allow easy and safe contact with the ground and to guarantee adequate lumbar support for the rider, all to the advantage of comfort. The passenger position is laid back and relaxed, thanks in part to the practical fold-out foot boards which, when closed, integrate perfectly in the fairing. The combined braking system pedal, on the right foot board, has been repositioned for better global riding ergonomics.
The under-seat compartment, extremely spacious, easily accommodates two jet helmets. The saddle has a spring to keep it in the open position. A practical and discrete concealed bag hook finds a place integrated into the leg shield back plate.
Like on the Piaggio MP3 “maxi” range models, the dashboard includes a modern instrument cluster made up of two conventional round displays and a multi-purpose digital display with data on fuel consumption (average and current), average and maximum speed, fuel gauge, travel time, and ambient temperature with ice alarm. The instrument panel also includes a clock, total and trip counter and battery voltage reader. The 11 lights on the instrument panel represent high beam function, indicator usage, reserve fuel, oil pressure, warning (injection), immobilizer, ABS, ASR and four emergency lights.
In the central section, just beneath the display, a series of 4 warning lights indicate: roll lock warning, DRL, no roll and hand brake indicator light. Push buttons under the handlebars are used to switch the DRL and ASR On/Off.
Above the instruments, on the other hand, is a practical glove compartment with a drawer and USB connection, ideal for recharging a smartphone and any other enabled device.
Versions and colours
The new Piaggio MP3 300 hpe range comes in two different versions: Piaggio MP3 300 hpe and Piaggio MP3 300 hpe Sport, the latter distinguished by even sportier finishes and details.
Piaggio MP3 300 hpe
A symbol of metropolitan elegance, Piaggio MP3 300 hpe is available in two brand new colour schemes: glossy Nero metallizzato colour and matt Argento Cometa. Both are matched with five-spoke wheels with matt black finish and a saddle with double covering.
Piaggio MP3 300 HPE Sport
Piaggio MP3 300 hpe Sport stands out for its numerous details with matt black finish, such as the “neck tie” on the shield, the stripes on the centre tunnel and the passenger grab handles. Its sportiness is emphasised by the front and rear shock absorber springs painted red, a colour which also appears on the matt black wheel rims, with an original “whisker” on one of the 5 split-spokes, and in the contrasting stitching on the saddle. Front brake discs with a wave profile and a foot board with aluminium inserts are included as standard.
Three colour schemes are available: Pastel white, glossy Pastel grey and Black, the latter matt.
The Piaggio 300 HPE engine: more power and more torque
The new Piaggio MP3 hpe boasts the latest evolution of the Piaggio 300 cc single-cylinder, 4 stroke, 4 valve, liquid-cooled engine with electronic injection: the result of Piaggio Group R&D know-how and known as 300 hpe (High Performance Engine), on one hand, the unit guarantees maximum throttle response, an ideal characteristic for constant stop-and-go city traffic and, on the other hand, top speed perfectly capable of handling the motorway, thereby also offering the possibility of long range travel in full comfort.
Compared to the previous version with the same engine displacement, maximum power comes in at 18.1 kW (24.6 HP) at 7750 rpm, which translates into a 16% increase, while maximum torque, equating to 24.5 Nm at 6500 rpm, has been boosted by 9%. These are improvements that also go along with a reduction in consumption.
This is a result achieved thanks to meticulous work by Piaggio technicians across a large number of components, with the aim of optimising thermodynamic output and reducing friction. The adoption of a new head and a piston with redesigned architecture results in a highly efficient combustion chamber, which also benefits from valves and ducts of increased diameter inside the head. The single camshaft distribution system with roller tappets gains a camshaft with optimised timing and valve lift speeds. The introduction of a new high pressure multi-jet injector also helps to improve combustion. Lastly, a more generous intake line improves the torque delivered at low revs and ensures an exceptionally smooth ride at any speed. The new iridium ignition spark-plug ensures greater durability.
The transmission has also been dramatically redesigned: the continuously variable transmission (CVT) benefits from a new belt, a new geometry and new materials, all to the advantage of mechanical silence, also contributed to by a new and stiffer clutch drum.
The engine is controlled by a latest-generation Magneti Marelli MIUG4 ECU.
Ultimate safety: three wheels, ABS and ASR
Both models in the Piaggio MP3 300 hpe range adopt the ABS anti-locking braking system integrated with ASR traction control (Acceleration Slip Regulation). The ASR (first brought to scooters by Piaggio) can be easily disconnected and guarantees safety by keeping the rear wheel from slipping on dangerous surfaces like wet asphalt.
The three channel ABS system, developed in collaboration with Continental, maximizes active safety preventing wheel blockage when braking and providing full control of the vehicle at all times. The Piaggio MP3 employs an all-disc braking system on the three wheels, with a disc diameter of 258 mm on the front and 240 mm on the rear. Greater safety and an even smoother ride are provided by the large 13 inch diameter front wheels.
The Piaggio MP3 also owes its success to exclusive patented Piaggio technology for the dual independent, tilting front wheels regulated by a unique 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. The roll mechanism is made up of four fused aluminium arms linked to four hinges that are firmly connected to the central sleeve, and two side sleeves connected to the arms by means of pivots 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 for the front suspension, a distinguishing feature of the three-wheel Italian scooter, transforms the balance of the Piaggio MP3 300 hpe from dynamic to static. Start up the vehicle 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 300 hpe anywhere, easily and effortlessly.
PIAGGIO MIA: connected at all times by smartphone
The PIAGGIO MIA multimedia platform, standard equipment on the Piaggio MP3 300 hpe Sport, allows for a smartphone to be connected to the on-board electronics system, transforming it into a multifunctional tool, a real computer able to simultaneously display information such as the speedometer and rev counter, but also instantaneously delivered engine power and torque, longitudinal acceleration, lean angle when turning, instantaneous and average fuel consumption, average speed, battery voltage and much more. With the smartphone connected to PIAGGIO MIA it is also possible to view maps and routes and identify fuel stations and service centres for example. The tyre condition control function exploits both the vehicle's sensors and the smartphone to monitor tyre wear and inflation, immediately warning the user before any potentially critical situations arise, while the general analysis function allows for an overall vehicle condition check.
HPE single-cylinder 4 stroke
Bore X Stroke
75 mm x 63 mm
Max Power Output
18.1 kW (24.3 HP) at 7750 rpm
24.5 Nm at 6500 rpm
Fuel Tank Capacity
CVT with torque serve
2,400 mm x 800 mm
Brakes Type Front
Two 258 mm discs
Brakes Type Rear
Disc ? 240 mm