Piaggio India will launch two new scooters under the Aprilia brand in India this year. The first scooter will be the facelifted Aprilia SR150, which will get a few changes. The facelifted SR150 was showcased at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo. Key changes on the facelifted model include a new instrument cluster that has a digital-analog layout, digital-analog instrument cluster and new color/graphics options. The Race edition gets a Italian tri-color color theme inspired by Aprilia’s factory racing livery.
Apart from these changes, the scooter will also get a new special edition model called the SR150 Carbon SE. The special edition variant features a lot of carbon-fiber inspired bits such as a carbon fibre textured wrap on the front apron, engine cover and handlebar cowls.
The scooter also sports ‘Carbon’ branding on the alloy wheels and engine cover. However, the engine on the facelifted SR150 will be the same 154.8 cc, four stroke unit with 11.4 Bhp of peak power and 11.5 Nm of peak torque. A CVT automatic gearbox, in regular and race trims will be standard.
The final scooter by Aprilia for India this year will be the Storm 125. The scooter features the same 125cc, four stroke engine and CVT automatic transmission combination available on the SR125, but comes in brighter colours – matte red and matte yellow. Other key changes include 12 inch wheels replacing the 14 inch wheels, but with off road biased tubeless tyres: 120/80 section at the front and 130/80 section at the rear. The engine on the Storm 125 makes 9.5 Bhp and 9.9 Nm, and is carbureted.
From April 2019, the Aprilia SR125 range including the Storm 125 will get a combi-braking system. The SR150 is expected to get a single channel ABS option. Combi-braking system, already available on Honda’s Activa-based automatic scooters, activates both the front and rear brakes even when a single brake lever (front or rear) is pressed. ABS, or anti-lock braking system on the other hand, is more advanced. It uses sensors and a ECU to sense wheel speed and make sure that the wheels don’t lock up even under hard, emergency braking. It prevents the vehicle from skidding, and offers better control even during emergency braking maneuvers.