New Aprilia SR125 to be launched soon
Aprilia is considering presenting a new 125-cc scooter that will be situated below the SR 150. The upcoming scooter, the Aprilia SR 125 has been spied recently with an ARAI badge, which suggests that the scooter is undergoing homologation at the facility.
The new Aprilia SR 125 is probable to be powered by a 125-cc engine that will cultivate a supreme power of around 9.4 hp and churn out a peak torque of 8.2 Nm. The engine will be mated to a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) gearbox. The same engine also powers the Vespa SXL and the VXL 125s models. The scooter will be based on a tubular steel frame and telescopic fork at the front and a single-sided coil spring at the back will do the suspension duties. The Aprilia SR 125 will also get a 220 mm disc at the front and a 140 mm drum at the rear. As per the spied images, the new SR 125 cc scooter will take design stimulation from its bigger brother, the SR 150. It will feature twin-headlamps on the front apron, 14-inch wheels and body decals in contrast with a bright colour scheme. The back of the scooter will get split grab-rails alike to the Aprilia SR150 and will also get an ‘SR 125’ badging.
The scooter will be produced by Piaggio India at its Baramati factory in Maharashtra. Piaggio is using a twin prong strategy in India. On one hand, it has created a retro-scooter division in India with the Vespa range. The margins are said to be very good on the Vespa but volumes are not very high. On the other hand, the Aprilia range is sold as a more reasonable but highly fashionable option for youth buyers. Though the margins are lower on the Aprilia scooters, sales are quite good due to the lower pricing. Piaggio seems to have found the winning formula to found a niche in India’s auto scooter segment.
The new Aprilia SR 125 is expected to be priced lower than the SR 150 between Rs.55, 000 and Rs.60, 000 ex-showroom, Delhi and the sporty scooter will compete with the Honda Activa 125, Suzuki Access 125, Mahindra Gusto, Hero Maestro Edge and the likes.