While the redesigned Aprilia Scarabeo 500ie retains some of the basic elements of the previous GT, the new Scarabeo has a slimmer, sleeker design showing the influence of Piaggio design following the acquisition of Aprilia by Piaggio in late 2004. The first model was introduced in 2007, which unfortunately was the start of the Great Recession, leading to reduced sales of all scooters including the Scarabeo 500ie. In the United States, larger scooters have historically not sold as well as smaller scooters, and combined with low sales 2007-2011 Scarabeo 500ies languished on many showroom floors. In second quarter of 2012, Piaggio announced that many of their large displacement scooters using the MASTER engine would no longer be available in some markets including the United States.
Comparison to older models
Although sharing its name with an older series of 500cc scooters made by Aprilia, the Scarabeo 500ie has different styling and has more in common with the Piaggio BV 500. The new styling of the Scarabeo 500ie was developed after the acquisition of Aprilia by Piaggio in late 2004. Other differences include smaller rear tire, smaller windscreen, lack of ABS option and lower MSRP versus the GT. While the 500ie has underseat storage and rear rack, large hard side cases were available for the GT.
The Scarabeo 500ie has a fuel consumption range of 55-60 miles per gallon or 3.9 - 4.3 liters per 100km.
Developed by Piaggio in 2000, the MASTER (Multi-valve Advenced Super Torque Engine Range) engine was adopted for use in the Scarabeo 500ie. During the production of the 500ie, two variations of the MASTER were placed into the Scarabeo 500ie; a 460cc version with a single spark plug and a 492cc twin spark. The 492cc version of the engine was used in models beginning with those produced late in 2010. Other than twin spark and slightly larger displacement, the 492cc MASTER has few differences from it's predecessor and was designed to produce lower emissions. The figures below represent the 492cc version.
Aprilia issued a recall
for 2006-2008 Scarabeo 500s with Briton fuel pumps and filters. Affected scooters were reported to have had loose hose clamps leading to engine stalling; the recall work involved replacement hose clamps installed by dealers.
| ENGINE TYPE ||Single cylinder, four-stroke catalytic Piaggio MASTER|
|CYLINDER CAPACITY ||492cc|
|BORE x STROKE ||3.6" x 2.7" (92 mm x 69 mm)|
|MAX POWER at SHAFT ||29 kW at 7,500 rpm (39 bhp)|
|MAX TORQUE ||43 Nm at 5,500 rpm|
|MAX SPEED ||99 mph (160 Km/h)|
|FUEL / TANK CAPACITY ||Unleaded minimum 91 octane / 3.49 gallons (13.2 liters)|
|GAS MILEAGE ||55-60 mpg*|
|DISTRIBUTION ||Single overhead camshaft (SOHC) with four valves|
|COOLING SYSTEM ||Liquid|
|LUBRICATION ||Wet sump, chain-driven lobe pump, filtration during aspiration and discharge|
|IGNITION ||Electronic (with inductive discharge, variable spark advance and three-dimensional mapping)|
|GEARS CVT ||(Continuously Variable Transmission) with torque server|
|CLUTCH || Automatic centrifugal dry clutch with dampers|
|CHASSIS ||Double cradle in high-tensile steel|
|FRONT SUSPENSION ||41 mm Telescopic Hydraulic Forks|
|REAR SUSPENSION ||Two dual effect hydraulic dampers,|
four-position coil spring
|FRONT BRAKE ||Twin stainless steel discs 260 mm|
with fixed twin piston calipers 32-34mm left and right respectively
|REAR BRAKE ||Stainless steel disc 240 mm with fixed opposed pistons 34 mm|
|FRONT TIRE ||Tubeless 110 / 70, 16" |
|REAR TIRE || Tubeless 150 / 70, 14"|
|LENGTH ||87.2" (2,215 mm)|
|WIDTH ||30.3" (770 mm) |
|WHEELBASE ||61" (1,550 mm)|
|SEAT HEIGHT ||31.1" (790 mm)|
|DRY WEIGHT ||416 lbs (189 kg)|
|TYPE-APPROVAL || EPA and CARB|