Piaggio could extend its Aprilia range of products in India as a new scooter was recently spotted in the country. The upcoming product was seen with a BS-VI 160 sticker on the apron. So could this be the future-ready SR150 scooter that has arrived way in advance of the emission norms come into effect in April 2020?
The spy image only reveals the front of the upcoming product. The scooter, with its bright yellow paint and a tall windscreen, resembles the Storm 125 – a product that was showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo and would reportedly reach the Indian markets in April 2019. As reported earlier, bookings for the Aprilia Storm 125 would commence from 1 April, while the launch would take place by the third week of April.
Do note that the Aprilia Storm was showcased in 125 cc avatar at the 2018 Auto Expo although the scooter in the images features a “BS-VI 160” sticker. The tyres on the vehicle in the spy image are different from the concept too, and so is the windscreen that is shorter than the unit seen on the 125 Storm. In fact, the windshield resembles the one that we have seen on the SR150 race in the past.
Thus, the scooter in the images could most likely be the updated, BS-VI compliant SR150. The India launch of the BS-VI model could take a while as Aprilia recently launched the ABS-equipped SR150. Although there is no official timeline available at the moment, we expect the BS-VI model to arrive in the showrooms in the second half of 2019.
Performance numbers are likely to be in the same range as the current model although the engine would benefit from fuel injection tech to comply with new emission norms. For reference, the Aprilia SR150 draws 10.25 bhp of power at 6,750 rpm and 11.4 Nm of peak torque at 5,000 rpm from its 154.8cc, single-cylinder, 3-valve motor. Braking department would include disc brake at the front and a drum unit at the rear. Shock absorption tasks would be performed by telescopic forks at the front and a single-sided spring at the back.
[Image source: Overdrive.in]