A 150 cc Aprilia motorcycle will be launched at Auto Expo 2020 in Delhi, reports motoring portal BikeWale. The source report adds that the motorcycle will be joined by the brand’s new family scooter.
The upcoming Aprilia 150 cc motorcycle is reportedly in its final stages of testing. Do note that Piaggio had showcased the Aprilia RS 150 and the Aprilia Tuono 150 at Auto Expo 2018 and then showcased the Aprilia GPR 150 at a dealer’s meet in Goa at the start of this year. The source report suggests that Piaggio may introduce the GPR 150 instead of the RS or the Tuono branded model in our market.
All three 150 cc motorcycles from the brand feature premium specs. In fact, the spec-sheet on the RS 150 and the Tuono 150 also includes an optional quick shifter. Piaggio will manufacture the upcoming 150 cc bike in India, and thus we may see different hardware specifications here.
Regular readers would know that the India-spec Yamaha YZF-R15 loses inverted front forks to keep the prices low. While it’s too early to make any predictions, Piaggio may adopt a similar strategy for the India-spec 150 cc motorcycle. However, we expect the bike to retain the disc brakes and a dual-channel ABS. It will be costlier than the Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0.
The 150 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine on the Aprilia RS 150 makes 18 PS of peak power at 10,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 14 Nm at 7,500 rpm. Incidentally, the Aprilia GPR 150's engine also makes almost similar performance figures.
A report from September last year suggested that Piaggio is working on two Aprilia scooters for the Indian market. The first product was the Storm 125 that has been already launched. The second scooter will be an all-new model conceived specifically for our market. The upcoming scooter will be reportedly called the Comfort. The family-oriented scooter will most likely feature subtle styling than the SR models. The feature list will most likely include a large seat, bigger footboard and a spacious under-seat storage area. The new product will share the engine and cycle parts with the SR range, and the hardware specifications will include telescopic front forks and an optional front disc brake.
The new family-oriented scooter will share a BS-VI 125 cc single-cylinder air-cooled motor with the SR 125. The SR 125 is currently powered by a BS-IV 124.49 cc engine that pumps out 9.51 bhp at 7,250 rpm and 9.9 Nm at 6,250 rpm. The new scooter will rival the likes of Suzuki Access 125, Hero Destini 125 and the Honda Activa 125.