When Aprilia launched the SR 150 in 2016, it made the enthusiasts and the industry sit up and take notice. In a market where scooters are considered as nothing but a frugal means to get from point A to point B, Aprilia dared to tread into unchartered territory. In many ways, the Aprilia SR150 is the antithesis to the relaxed and practical Indian scooter. Its powerful motor, involving handling, and inherent sporty character has seen it being lapped up by enthusiasts. Cut to 2020, and the BS6 regulations have resulted in the SR getting a slightly bigger, more powerful engine. But has the quest for cleaner emissions dulled the fun factor it is known for? Let’s find out.
The Aprilia SR 160 is one of the most exciting scooters in the market and if you’ve always desired to own a dynamically sound scooter with a high fun quotient, this is a no-brainer. That said, what might make you stop and think before drawing out the cheque book is the Rs 1.24 lakh (on-road, Mumbai) price tag, for the base version. That’s roughly Rs 20,000 over the BS4 SR 150 and bang in the territory of some really good 150cc motorcycles. That’s a steep hike for a model that offers a riding experience that’s not very different from before and comes without any additional features. Nevertheless, the SR 160’s BS6 motor is a sign of what we can expect from the upcoming Aprilia SXR 160 maxi-scooter that will use the same engine. With its more spacious ergonomics and expected improvement in comfort, the SXR should be a good match for this motor and is something to look forward to when it launches later this year.