Piaggio India has just launched the Aprilia SR125 automatic scooter at the 2018 Auto Expo. The new scooter is the least priced model that the Italian brand Aprilia sells in India. The SR125 is priced at Rs. 65,310, ex-showroom Delhi, which is approximately Rs. 4,700 less than the bigger-engined SR150. This big price difference is expected to drive sales towards the new scooter, which will take on the recently launched TVS NTorq and the Honda Grazia 125cc automatic scooters. The Aprilia SR125 is pricier than both the NTorq and Grazia, but is also more stylish and rides on taller wheels.
Apart from the smaller engine, there’s virtually no difference between the SR125 and SR150 models. Both scooters use telescopic front forks, a monoshock rear and have a CVT automatic transmission. 14 inch alloy wheels are standard and so are tubeless tyres – with 120 section width at the front and 130 section width at the rear.
A 220 mm front disc brake is standard and braking on the rear wheel is handled by a 140 mm drum brake. The SR125 uses a 125 cc 3-valve engine with carburettor, a unit borrowed from the Vespa LX/VX125 models. It makes a peak power of 9.5 PS at 7,250 rpm, and a peak torque of 9.9 Nm of torque at 6,250 rpm. A 6.5 liter fuel tank is standard.
The scooter is expected to offer marginally better fuel efficiency than the SR150 model because of its lower engine capacity. In terms of performance, the SR125 is expected to be slightly slower than the bigger-engined model, but more buyers aren’t likely to feel the difference in real-world conditions.
Piaggio India will be looking to sell the Aprilia SR125 to younger buyers, who find the SR150 too pricey. Aprilia also showcased a macho looking version of the SR125, called the Storm. The Storm features a matte paint finish, and gets wider tyres.