The Aprilia SR 160 BS6 is a BS6 compliant version of the Aprilia SR 150. The scooter has got a 160cc bigger engine which will be shared with the BS6 compliant Vespa too. Now the high-performance 160cc scooter gets fuel injection too. Because the scooter gets a 160cc now it also has been rename as Aprilia SR 160 BS6. The BS6 Vespa remains as Vespa 150 SXL. There is a price difference in the new vehicle. The BS6 scooters have become Rs 10,000 more expensive.
The new 160cc vehicle is in replacement to the 154.8cc. The new engine now produces 10.8 bhp which is a bump up from the 10.4 bhp on the old engine. The torque figure on the engine remains the same. The biggest change is that it is BS6 engine which makes it much greener. There are no new graphics or decals on the vehicle. This might be something that new buyers won’t like as this scooter looks just like the BS4 version of the vehicle. The new 160cc Vespa and the Aprilia scooters will make it to the dealers all over India by January 2020. The company will soon introduce the BS6 125cc range at the same time too. The Vespa range of the vehicle will be seen too.
Diego Graffi, Managing Director and CEO, Piaggio India said, “We are pleased to transition effectively into BS6 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 a 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 mobility for the future.” This is their statement on the incorporation of BS6 compliance across the range of scooter under the name of Vespa and Aprilia. Also, the Head of Two-wheeler business said, “At present, we have successfully integrated BS6 technology across Vespa and Aprilia brands of scooters and have started rolling out with BS6 engines. Our upgraded range of scooters is available across dealerships in India. The BS6 variant and models go on sale from now.”
As of now, we do not have any competitors in the 160cc segment of scooters. This segment too had a few scooters like the Kinetic Blaze and the Honda Eterno. But these scooters have been discontinued requarding emissions norms. We expect Honda to bring a high-performance 150cc BS6 scooter. As of now, there is not much demand for scooters in this segment.