Aprilia is all set to launch a new automatic scooter based on the SR 125. The new scooter will be called the Storm 125, and will be more ruggedly styled. In fact, Aprilia unveiled the Storm 125 at the Indian Auto Expo, and announced that the scooter would be launched in the second half of the year. Now though, there seems to be a delay, and this has pushed the launch of the Aprilia Storm 125 to early 2019. Also, the Storm 125 is expected to be the least priced Aprilia scooter sold in India, with its price undercutting that of the SR 125. This is quite a surprise as the Aprilia Storm 125 was likely to be sandwiched between the SR 125 and SR 150 in terms of price positioning.
Meanwhile, it seems that Aprilia wants more younger buyers in its fold, which is why a very competitive price strategy for the Storm 125 is being drawn up. The Storm 125 will use the same 125-cc four stroke engine found on the SR 125, with a CVT automatic gearbox handling torque transmission. The motor will produce 9.65 PS of peak power and 9.9 Nm of peak torque. Key changes will include the wheels and tyres. Unlike the SR 125/150’s 14-inch alloy wheels, the Storm 125 will use smaller 12-inch wheels. However, the tyres will be a lot more meatier, with the front measuring 120/80 and rear measuring 130/80. These tyres will be the fattest offered on a automatic scooter sold here.
The tyres will give the Aprilia Storm 125 some off-road appeal but this is still more of a visual cue than a performance enhancer as the scooter is built mainly for the road and not off-roading. Telescopic front forks and a monoshock rear shock absorber will be standard items. There will be a front disc brake on offer, while the rear wheel will get a drum. Aprilia is said to be considering a combi-braking system as standard right from launch for the Storm 125. Prices of the Aprilia Storm 125 are likely to start between Rs. 60,000 and Rs. 63,000. The scooter is likely to get a range of customisation options.
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