The premium scooter segment is experiencing interesting developments in recent times. Mahindra looks to bring in premium scooters from its Peugeot Motorcycles brand to compete with Vespa's SXL and VXL range of scooters. Another newcomer to this segment is Aprilia. The Piaggio owned company pulled a rabbit out of the hat at the 2016 Auto Expo by unveiling the Aprilia SR150, a sporty scooter. The company plans to offer this scooter for sale in India by mid-2016.
Dubbed as a “Sport-Scooterbike” by Aprilia, the SR150 drips with sporty styling cues. The edgy, minimalistic body work, racy graphics, large 14’ alloy wheels, front disc brake, and long travel suspension all contribute to the sporty look.
The 150cc engine will be the same unit that currently does duty on the Vespa SXL and VXL 150, albeit in a different state of tune. Power output is expected to be in the range of 12 bhp, which should offer the SR 150 with some stonking performance for a scooter. And given the low weight, larger wheels, and up-rated suspension, the handling should be quite good too.
Production of the Aprilia SR 150 has commenced at Piaggio’s Baramati plant in Maharashtra, alongside the Vespas. It will be positioned as a premium product (above the Vespa as well), so expect it to be priced at around Rs 90,000 ( on-road Delhi). The Aprilia SR 150, when launched, could very well be the most expensive scooter manufactured in India. The SR 150 will hit the showrooms in August 2016. Stay tuned for more information in this segment.