Piaggio has introduced its Vespa and Aprilia brands in Sri Lanka. Vespa is known for its legacy of making timeless design language which always looks appealing while Aprilia has a racing heritage. According to Piaggio, Sri Lanka has a youth culture that aspires to own and experience premium international performance brands. After their successful stint in the Indian market, Vespa and Aprilia will now be sold in the Sri Lankan market. The Vespa is offered with two engine variants. The 125cc motor develops 10PS @ 7500rpm and a peak torque of 10.6Nm @ 6000rpm. The 150cc motor develops 11.6PS @ 7000rpm and a peak torque of 11.5Nm @ 5500rpm. Both the variants get the same monologue type body construction. Suspension duties are handled by single side arm suspension with anti-dive characteristics at the front and dual-effect hydraulic suspension at the rear. Braking is done by 200mm disc at the front and 140mm drum at the rear. The Vespa is shod with 110/70 R11 tubeless tyre at the front and 120/70 R10 tubeless tyre at the rear.
The Aprilia SR150 is offered in two variants – the standard and Race variant. The Race variant is slightly quicker-accelerating and gets race graphics compared to the standard variant. The scooter is powered with a 154.8cc engine which develops 10.6PS @ 6750rpm and a peak torque of 11.4Nm @ 5000rpm. Suspension duties are handled by telescopic forks at the front and a hydraulic shock absorber at the rear. Braking is done by 200mm disc rotor with twin-piston caliper at the front and 140mm drum brake at the rear. It is shod with tubeless 120/70 R14 tyres both at the front and the back.
Commenting on the launch, Mr. Diego Graffi, CEO and MD – PVPL, said, “Both Vespa and Aprilia have created a benchmark in the two-wheeler segment in India and now the bikes are set to make their debut in Sri Lanka. It is indeed a matter of pride for the Piaggio Group that our marquee products will be available in a new market like Sri Lanka. We hope to further improve our positioning in the Indian Sub-Continent with this launch. The accolades that the bikes have received in India and other International markets, are an inspiration for introducing more innovative products in the future.”