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2012 Gilera GP800

2012 Gilera GP800

A powerful 75 HP 90° V-twin, 839 cc, 4 valves per cylinder, a double cradle steel frame, a motorcycling type of swingarm and chain final drive: these are the special ingredients for the most powerful and fastest scooter in the world.

The most powerful on-road machine produced by Gilera simply defies definition.

The power of its amazing 75 bhp engine is tamed by a superbly rigid frame and transmitted to the road by a unique chassis. The Gilera GP 800 offers all the comfort and convenience of a scooter around town, plus the performance of a true sport tourer on the open road. And when stationary, the GP 800’s aggressive beauty simply exudes power and technology.

The Gilera GP 800 has been created to amaze.

And amaze it does, from the very first glance. The GP 800’s impressive, dynamic and clean lines are inspired by the best Italian motorcycling traditions. The chassis features a double cradle, steel tube frame. The 90° V twin engine boasts electronic ignition, 4 valves per cylinder, and liquid cooling. This engine marks a turning point in scooter evolution, and gives the Gilera GP 800 the sort of performance that no other scooter can rival. The GP 800 is designed uncompromisingly, to satisfy the most demanding sport tourer rider.

The Gilera GP 800 is designed for the rider who wants all the practicality of a scooter but longs for the sort of performance and emotions that until now only a motorcycle could hope to deliver.

Even urban commuting becomes a whole new, thrilling and satisfying experience. The Gilera GP 800 boasts the unbeatable usability of a scooter, thanks to elegant, stylish and classical sporting lines, great manoeuvrability, automatic CVT transmission with plenty of engine braking, perfect ergonomics and the carrying capacity of the classic under-seat storage compartment.

But the destiny of the Gilera GP 800 is sure to be determined by its unique performance. Power, top speed, and acceleration are all unprecedented, so it’s only natural to look beyond the city for satisfaction. The Gilera GP 800’s advanced engine and chassis really show their mettle on country roads, opening up new horizons for medium and long range touring.On the open road, the excellent protection afforded by the leg shield and electrically adjustable windshield deliver unrivalled comfort for rider and passenger.

Motorways to the beach, mountain passes, and twisting country roads – the world in front of the Gilera GP 800 knows no frontiers.

THE ONLY ENGINE OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD

Everything about the Gilera GP 800 has been designed, developed and made to rule the road. Each individual stylistic choice and technical solution speaks of a revolutionary machine, conceived around the first ever 90° V twin scooter engine, and designed to dominate the world of scooters. The 839.3 cc engine features liquid cooling, Magneti Marelli electronic fuel injection, a single cam, 4 valves per cylinder and twin spark ignition. It develops a mighty 75 bhp at the crank with a torque of 73 Nm, 95% of which is already available at 3,500 rpm. These specifications are totally unique in the scooter world. On the road they translate into an extraordinary reserve of constantly available power and a uniquely smooth ride. Thanks to CVT (continuously variable transmission) with engine braking effect, urban commuting is effortless and relaxing, with the ideal ratio automatically selected. But when the road leaves the town and opens up, the GP 800’s V twin engine really comes into its own, placing Gilera’s flagship scooter in a class of its own.

The Gilera GP 800 engine features dry sump lubrication, and is secured rigidly to the frame by vibration-damping rubber mountings. Final drive can therefore be entrusted to a robust but sophisticated, Regina Z-ring sealed chain.

The exhaust system is totally decoupled from the frame to minimise vibrations. This 2-in-1 system terminates in an aggressively styled silencer with a black heat shield that adds plenty of character to the styling of the GP 800, and emphasises its elegant but sporting nature.

The amazing performance of the GP 800’s V twin engine have been achieved in full respect of the environment. Emissions have been minimised by an advanced closed loop injection system with Lambda oxygen sensor and an exhaust with three-way catalytic converter. Fully integrated control of the electronic ignition system also ensures that the GP 800 conforms to strict Euro 3 standards.

The twin cylinder power plant has been designed, developed and manufactured entirely in Pontedera, the historical home of Piaggio and one of the world’s most advanced engine development and production centres. This engine is born from the challenge that the Piaggio Group has taken on: to offer an ever more sophisticated customer a product that guarantees performance, reliability and safety while also leading the field in respect for the environment.

A TRULY IMPRESSIVE CHASSIS

The Gilera GP 800’s double cradle frame has been designed around the engine to embrace it and convert its exuberant power into rigorous, precision control. The frame is made from a tubular steel trellis with steel reinforcement and strengthening plates. Excellent torsional and flexural rigidity has been built in at all stages of the development and road testing process, to deliver an amazing sense of control. The Gilera GP 800 corners like a sports motorcycle, reaching angles of lean of 45° while still delivering neutral handling and amazing road holding. The GP 800 holds the most precise lines through fast bends, obeying rider input at all times without ever exceeding performance limits. Absolute control is the result. With its steering angle greater than the previous version, the GP800 acquires manoeuvrability when starting off and in city riding. The generous power of the GP 800’s engine demands a superbly rigid chassis. Simulations and road tests have demonstrated that the GP 800 has a coefficient of stability at full power similar to a motorcycle and almost twice as high as a conventional scooter.

What truly stands out in the stationary view of the GP 800 are the flexible coupling and the powerful swingarm painted black to embellish the vehicle and accentuate its lines. This impressive component symbolises how the Piaggio Group has drawn on its experience in motorcycle design in developing the amazing GP 800. The swingarm is in cast aluminium and is secured directly to the side plates of the frame. It is damped by suspension linkages that are dominated by a horizontally mounted, lateral hydraulic monoshock absorber, adjustable to seven different preload settings. Reduced unsuspended mass and a generous 133 mm of rear wheel travel ensure excellent suspension performance.
The front wheel fork, also in aluminium, is black and has 41 mm stanchions. Once again, stability and safety, even under harsh braking, are at a level never previously found on any scooter.

The hollow five spoke wheels, 16” at the front and 15” at the rear, are manufactured from aluminium alloy in a lost core, gravity casting process to minimise unsuspended mass and guarantee motorcycle-type precision handling. Overall performance is also helped by standard equipment radial tyres, 120/70 at the front and 160/60 at the rear.

The braking system is fitted in the front with Brembo Gold Series double piston floating callipers and two 300 mm semi-floating steel discs, gold in colour. In the rear, the double opposed piston floating calliper interacts with a 280 mm steel disc, also in the shade of gold. The brake pipes are covered with metal plait. The adjustable 4-position levers are further proof of the attention paid in designing the braking system.

The GP 800 is even equipped with a parking brake operated by a practical lever on the right of the leg shield.

GILERA STYLE

The Gilera GP 800 amazes even when stationary. It is a display of power, matchless technology, technical and stylistic solutions that (also) seem to aim at attracting admiring glances.

The body is totally innovative for a scooter. Alternating concave and convex surfaces and a clever use of reflection confers a unique sense of dynamism. The unique style of the GP800 and its aggressive profile are accentuated by the black paintwork of the plastic panels, which previously were pigmented: This touch of sportiness starts from the rear in the elegant shade of black, and decorates the license plate holder and passenger grab handles. It is a refinement of style that runs along the entire length of the vehicle to invade the main tunnel and then go up to cover all of the leg shield back plate.The lower part of the handlebar is the same colour as the vehicle, an embellishment that the rider will totally enjoy.

Seen from the front, the GP 800 seems to divide the air and attack the road. In contrast, the tail is streamlined and slender, distinguished by graceful air vents and terminating in an original double LED tail light with obvious sporting pretensions.

The nose of the GP 800 is characterised by vertically twinned headlights, a solution chosen to keep the front streamlined and narrow. The smoke grey windshield has been extensively tested in the wind tunnel and is electrically adjustable from a handlebar switch to optimise protection and air penetration to suit the riding conditions.

The bodywork welcomes and protects the rider who completes the symmetry of the design when seated.

The GP 800 reveals its exclusive style in the care and attention lavished on every little detail, in the very best Italian traditions. Nothing is left to chance: from the exquisite sporty design of the pressed aluminium handlebars and removable passenger footrest platforms to the saddle upholstery materials, which now takes in the extremely comfortable stabilus, a saddle support system that makes it easier to open the saddle and give it stability after it is lifted; the reduced difference in height between the rider and passenger's portions increases riding comfort and vehicle control when riding in two.

The GP 800’s dashboard, which combines analogue and digital instruments, is generous and elegant, as a scooter of this class demands. The easy to read, classical rev counter and speedometer are accompanied by a fuel gauge. The LCD display incorporates a total odometer, two trip counters and a clock, and displays outside temperature, distance travelled on reserve, a service LED and an engine coolant temperature gauge. Information on the LCD display can be selected quickly and easily from a mode button behind the right hand control block.

Completing the instrument panel is a set of warning lights for the following functions: turn indicators, oil pressure, fuel reserve, high beam lights, injection check, hazard light and parking brake engaged. A LED in the middle of the speedometer flashes when the electronic antitheft system with engine immobilizer is engaged.