Italian two wheeler giant Piaggio has just unveiled a new maxi-scooter for the Indian market. Called the Aprilia SXR 160, the new maxi-scooter will be officially launched in the third quarter of this year, which indicates a festive season launch. Bookings for the new scooter will commence from August 2020. The Aprilia SXR 160 maxi-scooter will not have any direct competition as it gets a much larger engine than other similar scooters sold in India – the Suzuki Burgman 125.
Diego Graffi, the managing director of Piaggio India, unveiled the Aprilia SXR 160, which will be available in four colours: Red, Blue, White, and Black. The scooter was developed specifically for the Indian market at Piaggio’s Italian Research and Development center, and the project has been in the works for the last 2 years. It’s much larger than Aprilia’s current offerings in the Indian market – the SR 125 and 150 automatic scooters. While the scooter showcased at the Auto Expo featured a 160cc, triple valve-single cylinder four stroke engine, Aprilia will also offer a smaller, 125cc engine. The smaller engined scooter is likely to be about Rs. 10,000 cheaper, and will be aimed at younger buyers.
Power and torque figures of the 160cc engine are yet to be revealed. We expect about 11 Bhp-12 Nm to be on tap from the new motor, which will be paired with a CVT automatic gearbox. This much pep should be enough for most buyers, and will also give the scooter quick acceleration, and a top speed close to the 100 Kph mark. The bigger engine and the maxi-scooter design is meant to make longer distance riding convenient. It remains to be seen if this trend will catch up among scooter buyers.
The Aprilia SXR 160 is also expected to be the priciest scooter in Piaggio’s line up, with an ex-showroom price close to Rs. 1 lakh. It’s meant not just for everyday commuting but also longer rides out of the city. There are telescopic forks up front and 12 inch alloy wheels shod with tubeless tyres. The front end of the scooter also gets a fly screen to handle wind blast upto speeds of 100 Kph.
The scooter gets a front disc brake with a single channel ABS as standard. There’s a large, fully digital instrument cluster that also reads out mileage. There is a USB under-seat charger and full LED headlamp and tail lamp. To sum it up, the Aprilia SXR 160 is a smashing looking maxi-scooter that will stand out among the sea of commuter-focused automatic scooters.