The move makes the eclectic mix of Italian two wheelers compatible with the BS-VI emission regulations that are set to kick in from April 1, 2020. Almost all OEMs have either started rolling out BS-VI versions or at the verge of doing so.
The Aprilia SR family now gets a flagship variant sporting a slightly larger 160 cc engine belting out 11 hp. The SR 125 and Storm 125 models continue with an updated version of the existing motor although the final specifications remain to be confirmed. The official website is yet to feature info on the updated model lineup. Below are the leaked details on prices and specs.
The Vespa lineup too benefits from standard electronic fuel injection technology for improved emission performance. The 150 cc and 125 cc engines have slightly varying power outputs. As per previously leaked documents, the 125 cc air-cooled unit now produces 7.3 kW (0.2 kW more) and 9.6 Nm of torque (0.3 Nm less). The larger motor is good for 7.7 kW (0.3 kW more) and 10.6 Nm (0.3 Nm less).
Both Vespa and Aprilia BS-VI models have started arriving at the dealerships. Updated official price lists of the Aprilia and Vespa are yet to be made available. However, a leaked document indicated that the Vespa BS-VI range will be costlier by the existing models by at least INR 17,209. That is indeed a massive hike!
With both its brand, Piaggio India has been targeting the premium end of the Indian scooter market. While Vespa’s sales performance is nothing to write home about, Aprilia has been clocking impressive volumes in the scooter segment, thanks to its sporty and dynamic SR family. The competition comes from the likes of Suzuki Access 125 and Honda Activa 125 but those mass market products lack the flair and exclusivity of the Italian scooters.
Commenting on the launches, Mr. Diego Graffi, Managing Director and CEO, Piaggio India said, “We are pleased to transition effectively into BS VI emission norms for our Vespa and Aprilia range of scooters, well ahead of the deadline. Being aligned to the Government’ efforts on emission, we have achieved significant reduction in emission through our advanced combustion system. As a global brand, we understand the need to innovate and evolve, in order to build the mobility for future.”
Moving forward, Piaggio is reportedly exploring the compact sportsbike segment through its Aprilia brand. The company is understood to have conducted private dealer meetings in this regard but the final decision on which product to bring to India has not been taken yet. The Aprilia Tuono 150 and RS 150 are the most likely candidates. The company would rather take its time to get a suitable product ready for our market rather than jumping the gun.