But can it actually beat a Vespa in a straight-line sprint? How can we ask that, of course it can, can’t it? After all, we’re looking at a high-performance German vehicle that has been tuned, rocks a V8 power unit, is rear-wheel drive, and uses a dual-clutch automatic transmission for faster gear shifts.
In the green corner, on the other hand, lies one special scooter: It started life with a 4 bhp engine, and a 29 mph (47 kph) top speed, but since then, its owner has done a lot of work. As a result, its 150 cc single-cylinder mill is now capable of pushing out 43 brake horsepower. It tips the scales at 85 kg (187 lbs), and with the rider, it has a very similar power-to-weight ratio to the BMW M3 and can run the quarter-mile about as quick as its four-wheel ad-hoc rival.
This calls for a drag race, and the peeps at the Officially Gassed YouTube channel organized no less than six of them, three from a standing start and three from a rolling start. So, do you really think that this angry-sounding moped can give the mighty M3 a run for its money? One thing is certain, you will be surprised, as was the owner of the Bimmer once he saw what the Vespa is capable of.