2012 Piaggio X10
Modern, sinuous and enveloping
look, a rich endowment and maxi performance.
The X10 is born, the latest heir of
the glorious Piaggio GT line: a true flagship on two
wheels, for those looking for maximum comfort in a
maxi scooter with all-Italian elegance.
Electric adjustment of the rear suspension,
dual ABS and ASR system, parking brake integrated
into the stand, everything about the new X10 is designed
to ensure comfort, maximum functionality and total
safety. And then there is the on-board computer with
LCD screen, backlit controls, large windshield, triple
glove compartment and a generous boot.
Three modern engines – 125, 350
and 500 – to meet the most diverse commuting
With the new Piaggio X10 travel
is an everyday luxury.
Piaggio emerges as the leader in the Gran Turismo
sector with a proposal that represents the highest
evolution of the Italian "maxi" concept.
The new X10 is the latest heir to Piaggio's long
GT tradition which for two decades has influenced
the trends in this prestigious market segment. A success
that can be measured in more than 400,000 vehicles
sold in various versions of true industry landmarks
such as Hexagon, X8, X9 and XEvo.
Piaggio X10 is a true flagship on two wheels with
its elegant design, characterized by an innovative
alternation of complex surfaces and volumes; a new
generation of vehicle designed to meet the most advanced
mobility requirements: performance benchmark combined
with great comfort and handling, to deal with longer
distances in total comfort, but also for smoothly
moving around the city in complete safety.
A proposal that further evolves and exalts the concept
of “travelling living room”: elegant,
exclusive and fully equipped as standard with a rich
endowment and numerous details designed to please
the eye, but always with maximum functionality.
Piaggio X10 provides the urban commuter with an
excellent load capacity, thanks to its large helmet
compartment - with mat, courtesy light, 12V socket,
and able to comfortably accommodate two flip up helmets
- and three glove-boxes in the leg shield back plate.
Offered in three different modern, eco friendly and
high performance engines, – 125, 350 and 500
– Piaggio X10 is able to meet the daily mobility
requirements of the most diverse users, offering a
wide range of customization possibilities.
A unique style
A comfortable and elegant look for a design that
is modern and classic at the same time, looking to
the future but also conserving and further developing
the distinctive and authentically Italian style of
the Piaggio family. The new X10 stands out for a look
that succeeds in being original without sacrificing
harmony and where the utmost attention to detail pleases
the eye, while ensuring maximum functionality.
Attention is captured by the front headlight assembly
that contains the poly-ellipsoidal element of the
high-beam headlight, the two complex surface parabolas
of the low-beam lights and turn indicators and that,
crossing the front over the entire width, makes the
"look" of the new Piaggio X10 unique.
Inside a light frame represents - and sublimates
- the already famous hexagonal logo which for years
has characterized the frontal view of the Piaggio
models: a tribute to tradition, but in a modern way.
An effect achieved by placing, behind a frosted surface,
6 high-efficiency LEDs whose light, as it spreads
out, generates a continuous beam which also serves
as the daylight running light.
Another detail that links the X10 to the latest models
in the Piaggio range is the metal insert that horizontally
covers the entire vehicle, creating a nice contrast
with the parts in the colour of the bodywork; an element
of style that fits into the dominant "wave"
motif that gives dynamism to the side view, from the
mudguard to the tail.
Soft surfaces alternate with harder and more decisive
signs, resulting in an alternation of concave and
convex, smooth and flowing lines, that exudes power
The rear is characterized by the limited height difference
between the rider and passenger seats, then finishes
in a truncated tail, where the two large handles stand
out and that ties in perfectly to the side line. A
choice that has the advantage of combining the functionality
of an easy climb on board for passengers of all sizes
with the beauty of the rear view, enhanced by the
presence of the large 150/70 tyre and the horizontally
developed, car-inspired dual headlight assembly- two
slender lines of LEDs protected by a transparent glass
- and complemented by the satin moulding on which
Piaggio is imprinted.
Once on board the Piaggio X10, the view is dominated
by the rich and complete instrument panel: a synthesis
of style and technology that is similar in form and
content to the instrument panel of a luxury sedan.
Between the two large circular dials for the speedometer
and rpm indicator - backlit in blue - is placed the
4-inch LCD screen of the onboard computer, which is
On the display a variety of information can be displayed
including that relating to the average and instantaneous
fuel consumption, average and maximum speeds, autonomy,
fuel level and cooling liquid temperature, and even
travel time, clock, ambient temperature with ice alarm,
indicator of the double-map of the engine control
unit, level of electric shock absorber adjustment,
trip counter with two partials and battery voltage.
An upper lid contains the 11 warning lights that
indicate the operation of high-beams, turn indicators,
reserve, oil pressure, warning (injection), immobilizer,
ABS, ASR, hazard and starter inhibition.
An absolute novelty in the scooter world are the
backlit controls on the handlebars, a solution which
also guarantees prompt and effective recognition at
night of controls on gauge blocks, for better safety.
To the right we find the start-up button, the button
to select mapping (on 350), the engine stop command
key and the mode key to navigate through the information
on the on-board computer.
To the left are the acoustic buzzer button, the
turn indicators one and the high-beam/low-beam/flashing
The double up and down button for adjusting the shock
absorber (for the 500) and the ASR and the hazard
buttons are instead placed in the leg shield back
plate, along with the commands for opening the saddle
and the fuel flap, which, placed on the centre tunnel
allows for easy access without having to descend from
The broad and comfortable saddle of the X10, located
just 760 mm above ground, is the result of a careful
ergonomic study aimed at giving the rider a seat that
is entirely comfortable and stable.
The longitudinal adjustment of the lumbar cushion
allows both to vary the space available to the passenger
and to provide optimum support to the lumbar area
of the rider.
Comfortable and practical seat cover.
On the new the X10, maximum comfort is also ensured
by the riding position - designed to allow the rider
to stretch his legs on the spacious side footrests,
whose antislip coverage extends to cover the lower
part of the side leg shield back plate - and the large
windscreen which, thanks to the innovative and welcoming
double bend profile and the lower anti-turbulence
slot, optimizes the aerodynamics of the vehicle, effectively
protecting the rider and passenger from the direct
impact of air.
The protection comes complete with two glass appendices
that run along the side profile of the shield: studied
in the wind tunnel, they effectively deflect air from
the entire side.
The new Piaggio X10 also offers the maximum
in terms of load capacity.
In the leg shield back plate there is a central
compartment among the largest in its class -where
the comfortable 12V mains power socket is located-
and two comfortable drawers for objects, ideal for
keeping your keys, wallet or highway service coupon
at hand. The drawer on the left also has a USB port
which you can use to power your mobile phone or navigation
Lifting the saddle, kept open by a practical piston
system, we then find a more than generous housing:
an authentic boot, equipped with anti-shock mat and
a courtesy light, able to comfortably accommodate
two flip up helmets.
Elegant and cozy, comfortable and functional, but
also safe, fun and high-performance, the new Piaggio
X10 is offered with three different engines - 125,
350 and 500cc - to satisfy the needs of every type
The youngest and those who have only the B license
can choose the version equipped with the 4-stroke,
4 valve single-cylinder 125, with liquid cooling and
electronic injection: a unit that achieves maximum
power values and torque which are absolute benchmarks
for the category, which translates into quick and
regular acceleration and pickup and great riding fluidity.
The most experienced and savvy scooter riders - constantly
searching for the highest synthesis of performance,
compactness and low power consumption - will be oriented
towards the brand new Piaggio 350 engine. Right from
the beginning of the design of this latest generation
single-cylinder, four stroke, four valve and electronic
injection, Piaggio's engineers have focused on sophisticated
technical solutions - such as the timing system with
roller rockers and calibrated tablets for valve clearance
adjustment, the dry cater lubrication system and a
multi-disc centrifugal clutch in oil bath with freewheel
- which put it at the top of the technology in the
field of engines for scooters.
The combination of these solutions has allowed to
obtain a maximum power output comparable to that of
a 400 cc (33.3 CV) and an excellent maximum torque
value (32.3 Nm), while keeping the overall dimensions,
weight and power consumption at about 300 and with
maintenance costs even lower: in fact, the measures
are planned at intervals of 20,000 km, with just one
change of oil and filters after 10,000 km.
On this modern engine you can choose between two
different mappings of the electronic control unit
that can be directly selected from the handlebar:
a sportier one, which provides full power and enhances
performance, and a more fuel efficient one, ideal
for maximising the distance covered.
For lovers of high-performance is dedicated
the engine 500.
The Piaggio 492 cc engine is in fact capable of
expressing a maximum power of 40 CV and a maximum
torque of over 42 Nm, values that place it at the
top of its class.
The dual spark plug system has also made it possible
to optimise combustion inside the cylinder, with a
decrease in noise and gas emissions.
The result is a flexible, high-performance engine,
full even at low and medium engine speeds, but due
to the "closed loop" fuel injection system
equipped with lambda probe on the exhaust and 3-way
catalytic converter, reduces emissions to a minimum.
Chassis and brake system
The new Piaggio X10 adopts first-order chassis solutions
that favour comfort and stability for long distances
without having to compromise in terms of agility,
manoeuvrability and ease of riding. On the double-cradle
chassis made of high strength steel, on the front
there works a traditional type fork with a travel
of 115 mm, for the benefit of better comfort on any
type of road surface.
At the rear, the versions 125 and 350 are fitted
with a double-acting double hydraulic shock absorber
with preloading adjustable to 4 positions and stroke
For the 500, however, a rear single shock absorber
has been chosen with electrically adjustable preloading,
located on the right side of the vehicle, which receives
the load of the wheel through a lever. The preloading,
which optimizes the structure depending on the load
and the type of riding desired, can be adjusted without
descending from the vehicle by simply turning the
up and down command, located in the leg shield back
plate and viewable on the instrument using a digital
The 5-spoke wheel rims are 15” in front (tyre
120/70) and 13” to the rear (tyre 150/70).
Piaggio X10 is equipped with a sophisticated braking
system with dual disc of 280 mm on the front and single
disc of 240 mm at the rear, standard equipped with
the combined braking system, and, on option, the ABS/
ASR double system (Acceleration Slippery Regulation).
Thanks to the combined braking, the right lever operates
on just one of the front callipers, while with the
left you can simultaneously operate the other front
calliper and the rear one. A divider valve calibrates
the pressure of the front brake depending on the rear
one, so as to allow greater braking performance while
at the same time avoiding locking the front wheel
early on difficult surfaces, which do not guarantee
In the version with ABS and ASR, each wheel is equipped
with a speed detection system - a sensor and tone
wheel - which instantaneously measures its velocity
and deceleration compared to that of the vehicle.
The sensors communicate with a 3-channel hydraulic
control unit that activates the ABS system when one
of the two wheels decelerates sharply compared to
the vehicle, preventing locking of the wheels and
ensuring stable and efficient braking of the vehicle
even on surfaces with a low coefficient of friction.
The ASR also uses the electronics and the ABS sensors
to compare the speed of rotation of the two wheels.
When the sensors sense an excessive speed of the rear
wheel, the control unit intervenes (first on the advance
and then, if needed, also on the injection) to prevent
skidding and avoid losing control of the vehicle.
The ASR system can be deactivated via a button on
the leg shield back plate, to ensure the possibility
of disengaging even in special conditions - hill starts,
on gravel, etc. - but is activated again automatically
at each ignition of the panel.
Another security feature of the new Piaggio X10 is
the presence of the parking brake built into the side
stand: at each extraction of the crutch the brake
is activated automatically, maintaining the X10 stable
and secure also when stopping in non-flat terrain.