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Mansory is a major player in the world of aftermarket modifications, if you haven’t heard about them or seen their work, you’re surely new to that side of the automotive world. The quality of work that the company turns out is absolutely flawless, but it’s usually a case of you either love it or you hate it. Mansory is well-known for creating some seriously over-the-top builds, but to be fair the extreme creations do suit the cars, which is made easier because the base cars are usually fully-specced supercars or top-of-the-range models. The German aftermarket specialists have created kits for most of the coolest and most popular modern cars so what we see here is quite different from the norm. The company specialises in carbon fibre components, and in recent years they have started to use forged carbon fibre, or smashed carbon as some call it. When we got wind of this latest project that uses an electric Vespa scooter as the base, we expected to see something with loads of bare carbon pieces and added wings and canards, but the Vespa Elettrica Monaco Edition is done quite conservatively by Mansory standards. There is some carbon fibre added to the thing, and it’s actually a fair amount but it’s done tastefully. The side panels take up a fair amount of real estate on the scooter and contrasted with the white main body it looks amazing. Carbon fibre also extends to the front wheel cover/mudguard where it fits right in with the theme. The front and centre section of the bike also features a carbon fibre strip with the Mansory lettering running down the middle of it, and it also looks just right. The indicators also received carbon surrounds and the rear-view mirrors on the ends of the handlebars are also finished in carbon fibre and have a cool new design to the shape.

The headlight surround is carbon fibre too, and you’ll quickly notice the red and white stripe top-centre and that stripe runs through the length of the Vespa to great effect. The stripes have a reason for being there, they’re the colours of Monaco and this Vespa has been dubbed the Monaco Edition. Side note, Mansory has previously created a Monaco Edition but that was for a limited run of kitted Ferrari 458s back in 2012. No Mansory project is complete without showing off some amazing upholstery work, and even though this is a diminutive Vespa, you can also see an example here. The OEM seat was re-covered in plush white leather with perfect cross-stitching. In the case of this Monaco Edition, there will only be 99 units made, but they’ll surely snap up owners fast because they’re popular little scooters. We can picture someone with race team of Italian cars buy one of these to get around the pits and racetrack in style. Under the skin, the Mansory Monaco Edition Vespa is unchanged from its showroom counterpart and offers up the usual Vespa riding fun in both its “Eco” energy-saving mode and its “Power” mode serves up a powerful typically-electric torque that’s instantly available with the twist of a throttle. It's pretty much silent so won’t annoy the neighbours with a 05:00 start-up, and thanks to its lithium-ion battery and energy recovery system, it gives decent range while saving the planet - if you minus the way batteries and their associated components are manufactured. The limited-edition scooter comes with a matching open-face helmet and you can also buy an optional steel barrel that also received a Mansory makeover. Nice.

Take a look at the YouTube video that shows off the Vespa Elettrica in its standard showroom guise, just so you can see how cool these little runarounds are. They may not be stupendously fast or agile, but they're heaps of fun: Vespa Elettrica First Look In-Depth Review | Peter Lowe One

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