Scooters are extremely popular in India. Honda Activa recently overtook the Hero Splendor in sales volume for the first time ever. But despite the ever-increasing demand for these easy to use two-wheelers, there are very few scooters that manage to offer a decent mix of design and power while still maintaining affordability. And that’s exactly what the new Aprilia SR 150 is here to change.
People were quite surprised to see a scooter on the Aprilia stand at the 2016 Auto Expo since the iconic Italian brand is usually associated with some of the world’s best superbikes. The launch of a scooter by Aprilia is certainly an exciting prospect though and here are five things you should know about the soon to be launched Aprilia SR 150.
The Aprilia SR 150 will debut in the Indian two-wheeler market in August 2016 and will be sold at the various Motoplex showrooms across the country. The Aprilia SR 150 is being manufactured at the Piaggio plant in Baramati, Maharashtra alongside the Vespa scooter range.
The Aprilia SR 150 has a sporty design and the protruding rear wheel, body graphics, dual-tone seat and the compact grab rail give the scooter a very youth-centric look. Much like its rivals, the Honda Dio and Yamaha Ray ZR, the Aprilia SR 150 too features a headlamp mounted on the front apron.
Engine and Performance
Details of the engine that will be powering the Aprilia SR 150 haven’t yet been made public by the company. But since it’s being made in the same factory, speculations are rife that the SR 150 will be making use of the 154.4 cc engine that powers the Vespa. With power and torque figures of 12 PS and 11 Nm, it won’t be a bad choice for the Aprilia SR 150.
The Aprilia SR 150 will feature an analogue twin-pod instrument console which looks really good. The SR 150 also employs 14-inch dia front wheel as opposed to 12-inch wheels which is the norm of the segment. The large dia wheels should endow the scooter with lively handling dynamics. The scooter runs on 120/70 section tyres on both ends while braking is done by disc brake at front and a drum unit does duty at rear. The Aprilia SR 150 has a fuel tank capacity of 7 litres while seat height is 775mm and employs telescopic front forks and monoshock unit at the back to handle suspension responsibility.
In terms of design, the Honda Dio and Yamaha Ray ZR are the only competitors to the Aprilia SR 150. And while the Italian scooter costs a bit more than the other two, it does have a larger engine and will dominate in terms of power. In the same price bracket though, the only scooter that the Aprilia SR 150 will be competing against is the Piaggio Vespa.
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Do you think the Aprilia SR 150 will be successful in India, or will people still prefer the trusty Honda scooters? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.