The SR150 is an Aprilia, which alone is enough to get most biker enthusiasts jumping with joy. What it is, is a sporty 150cc scooter, which will come with plenty of bragging rights, but also is slated to be quite an affordable proposition (more on that in a bit). It’s expected to hit showrooms soon, and here’s a quick look at what it’s all about.
1. It’s not ‘150cc’ powerful but…
With Pulsar 150s pumping out close to 15hp, it’s all but predicted that one would expect something similar from an Aprilia 150. However, the SR150’s motor, the same unit as that on the Vespa 150, produces a more modest 11.6hp. However, that power, when combined with the scooter’s light-weight body means that it can be quite sprightly when you’re in the mood for some fun.
2. It’s got a tubular frame
Unlike the Vespa’s heavy monocoque frame, the SR 150 uses a traditional underbone scooter chassis suspended on a telescopic front fork and a single offset monoshock at the back. It rides on relatively big 14-inch wheels which should not only translate to good handling, but will also aid stability, and importantly, ground clearance, very useful when it comes to tackling our pothole riddled roads!
3. It’s priced fantastically
With an introductory price of Rs 65,000, ex-showroom, the SR150 is already making all the right waves. Piaggio’s Baramati plant at Baramati is currently working on full thrust to get the SR150 to the 100-plus Vespa showrooms by the end of this August.
4. Another Made in India story
With the sporty scooter and its exciting price-tag, Piaggio has proved that it’s got a good understanding of the tastes of Indian scooter buyers. The SR150 undercuts the Vespa 150 by nearly Rs 30,000, and is also cheaper than the Vespa 125. It remains to be seen if the aggressive pricing works for Aprilia, but this sure seems like a fun scooter that’s perfectly priced.
Aprilia SR 150 Top Speed
5. It’s India’s first sporty scooter
The Honda Dio is as far as sporty scooters have gone so far in India. More recently, we even got the Yamaha Ray-ZR that comes equipped with a front disc brake. While these are sportier versions of purely commuter scooters – the Activa and the Ray-Z – the Aprilia comes with proper sporty pedigree. It’s quick, and handles like a motorcycle, which should make it the first truly sporty scooter.
Aprilia SR 150 Specifications
|Engine||154.4cc, single-cylinder air-cooled carbureted|
|Maximum Power||11.4bhp @ 7,000rpm|
|Maximum Torque||11.5Nm @ 5,500rpm|
Aprilia SR 150 Mileage
Aprilia SR 150 Price in India
|Ex-showroom, Pune||Rs 65,000|