• 2017 Aprilia SR 150 Race

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The sports scooter just got more sportier.

In 2016, Aprilia did something unbelievable for the Indian two-wheeler market by launching a mass oriented scooter SR 150. This was an ‘out-of-the-blues’ decision for a superbike maker like Aprilia, which is known for motorcycles that cost at least ₹ 20 lakh and upwards, thus targeting itself towards a niche audience. However, with the SR 150, Aprilia has widened its base and has created an all new segment of performance oriented scooters in India for the mass market buyers.

Touted to be the sportiest and fun-to-ride scooter to ever step into the Indian mass market for scooters, the SR 150 carries a lot on its shoulder, as it also is the very first model from Aprilia in the sub-1 lakh segment. And the scooter has been accepted with open hands in India, which is the reason why despite very limited sales network across India, the scooter has churned up some pretty impressive numbers.

To continue the momentum, Aprilia has launched a limited edition version of the scooter titled as SR 150 Race, which comes with some cosmetic as well as mechanical changes over its regular version. Here’s is a comprehensive review of the all new Aprilia SR 150 Race:-

  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-1
  • Displacement:
    154.8 cc
  • Top Speed:
    56 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    INR 70688
  • Price:
  • Overall:
    8.3/10

STYLING

The Aprilia SR 150 looks like no other scooter in the Indian market right now. Even after belonging to a rather mass oriented price bracket, the SR 150 has a silhouette and stance which is unmatched by any other scooter, just like the Vespa range. With the SR 150 Race, what Aprilia has done is that it retained the original design with some all new graphics and paint job, which tend to make this already athletic looking scooter even more sporty.

Starting from the front, the SR 150 Race has got the same sloping front apron as that of the regular SR 150, which comes integrated with the double barrel headlamp setup. The headlamp unit is shaped like an open wing, which is encased in a black housing. This front apron comes with an all new RS-GP inspired livery, which is a mix-match of a number of colours and has been straightly lifted off from the flagship RSV4 Factory.

Unlike the regular SR 150 in which the handlebar above comes finished in black, the SR 150 Race’s handlebar too continues the RS-GP livery and has got the same clear lens parallelogram shaped turn indicators at both of its ends. The handlebar with these turn indicators gives it the typical Aprilia front fascia, a sense of which you can find in the other machines of Aprilia as well. There is a short and tiny fender positioned above the large 14-inch front wheel, which looks a lot like a motorcycle.

The RS-GP livery has been continued on the side portions of the apron and the rear side body panels, and so is the regular SR 150’s design and stance, which continues to have the same sporty stance as the latter. The side body panels look as if they are lifted upwards from the centre, and give the scooter an aerodynamic appeal. The back panel of the apron comes fitted with a luggage hook, just like any other scooter available in India. However, it misses out on the hook below the seat. The initial impressions say that the floorboard is quite roomy, but might feel tight for riders above 6 feet of height. The seat is capacious enough to seat two full-sized adults, with the under seat compartment having a storage capacity of 18 litres, which is enough to house a half face helmet. The 14-inch wheels on both the ends are painted in red colour here, whereas the SR 150 has got an all new Race Boom exhaust, which sounds better and aids in the performance of the scooter. The rear profile of the SR 150 Race retains the minimalist stance of the regular SR 150, with a large LED tail lamp and a split pillion alloy grab rails. The rear fender comes fitted with turn indicators like that on a motorcycle.

The instrument console design has been lifted off from the regular SR 150. Although it lacks the flair of the rest of the scooter’s design, it has a functional all analogue unit with two pods – while the left one is larger and houses speedometer and a small rectangular digital screen for odometer and trip meter, the right smaller pod houses the fuel gauge. The rear view mirrors shared with the regular SR 150 are nicely styled and are positioned quite ergonomically. The switchgear is all new which is very different from that of the other scooters in the market. Being a product from Aprilia, the overall build quality is top notch.

So, regarding the visual appeal, Aprilia has done a commendable job by making the SR 150 Race look a lot sportier looking than its regular version, thanks to the new paint scheme.

Overall Dimension

Make Model Aprilia SR 150 Race Piaggio Vespa VXL 150
Length 1955mm 1770mm
Width 720mm 690mm
Height 1355mm 1140mm
Wheelbase 1340mm 1290mm
Seat height 775mm 790mm
Wet weight 122kg 133kg
Fuel tank 6.5l 7l

POWERTRAIN

Unlike any other limited edition model, Aprilia has made some slight changes to the powertrain of the SR 150 Race, over the regular SR 150. It does come with the same four stroke, single cylinder, 3-valve, air cooled, 150cc engine as seen on the regular SR 150 as well as the Vespa VXL 150 and SXL 150.

However, thanks to the revised gear ratios of the CVT transmission, the engine now belts out 10.4 bhp and 11.4 Nm of torque. Though there is not much to differentiate between the power and torque outputs of both the versions of the scooter, thanks to the revised gear ratios as well as sportier exhaust, the SR 150 Race performs slightly better than the regular SR 150.

When it comes to the engine, in particular, mated to a CVT transmission, this 150cc engine has a solid punch not only in the lower revs as well as mid-range but also at the higher revs, making this little scooter a powerful tool for your daily riding duties. The scooter delivers promising fuel economy of 45-50 kmpl in the real world conditions, which is considerably lower than the competition.

Engine Specification

Make Model Aprilia SR 150 Race Piaggio Vespa VXL 150
Capacity cc 154.8 150
Output 10.4 bhp @ 6750 rpm 11.4 bhp @ 7000 rpm
Torque 11.4 Nm @ 5000 rpm 11.5 Nm @ 5500 rpm
Type 3 Valve, Aluminium Cylinder Head, Overhead Cam and Roller Rocker Arm, MAP Sensing and Variable Spark Timing Management 3 Valve, Aluminium Cylinder Head, Overhead Cam and Roller Rocker Arm, MAP Sensing and Variable Spark Timing Management
Clutch type Automatic centrifugal dry clutch Automatic centrifugal dry clutch
Transmission CVT Auto with torque server CVT Auto

RIDE AND HANDLING

The Aprilias are always known to be agile handlers and rich in riding dynamics, and the SR 150 Race is no different in this aspect. In an attempt of upping the benchmarks, the SR 150 Race comes with the same large 14-inch alloy wheels like that on the regular SR 150, which come wrapped with 120/70 section tyres at both the ends, thus making the ride quality and handling of the scooter easily the best in class.

Apart from the wheels and tyres, the SR 150 Race shares the hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and a single-sided hydraulic coil spring at the rear from the regular SR 150. So are the front 220mm disc brake and the rear 140mm drum brakes, which are the most powerful brakes seen on an Indian scooter, and give the SR 150 Race an excellent braking capability.

Chassis Specifications

Make Model Aprilia SR 150 Race Piaggio Vespa VXL 150
Suspension / Front 32mm Hydraulic telescopic fork with straight stanchions – wheel travel: 86mm Aircraft derived single side arm Front Suspension with Anti-Dive characteristics
Suspension / Rear Single arm with engine crankcase as swinging element, served by a single dual chamber shock with 4-setting adjustable spring preload. Wheel travel: 82mm. Rear suspension with Dual-Effect Hydraulic Shock Absorber
Brakes / Front 220mm brake disc 200 mm Ventilated Front Disc Brake
Brakes / Rear 140 mm drum 140 mm Rear Drum Brake
Tyres / Front 120/70 R14 110/70 R11
Tyres / Rear 120/70 R14 120/70 R11

PRICE

Aprilia has priced the SR 150 Race at a price tag of ₹ 70688, which is a good ₹ 5000 more than the regular version. However, considering the changes, it comes over the regular SR 150 indeed make it a good value for money.

Given its limited edition appeal, the SR 150 Race comes with the only option of Maze Grey, which does come with sporty body decals to accentuate its performance oriented persona.

COMPETITION

Till date, the only significant 150cc scooter to make a substantial impact in the mass market scooter segment was the Piaggio Vespa VXL 150, which has now finally found a direct and serious competition from the Aprilia SR 150 Race, which surprisingly comes from the same group to which Vespa belongs.

Compared to the retro looking Vespa VXL 150, the SR 150 Race has a sporty and motorcycle-like design, which is indeed an eye pleasing and individualistic one to look at. Both the scooters have head-turning designs which surely break the monotony of the otherwise bulky looking family oriented scooters from other manufacturers.

The Vespa VXL 150 sources its thrust from the same engine which does the duty on the SR 150 Race - a four stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, 150cc engine, which churns out 11.5 bhp of power and 11.5 Nm of torque. The refinement and power delivery of the engine on both the scooters are almost equal, however, considering the lower weight of the SR 150 Race, the latter feels slightly more zippy to ride. Both the scooters are equally well-heeled when it comes to riding and handling. However, the larger 14-inch wheels with fatter tyres as well as larger front disc brake on the SR 150 Race give it an edge regarding riding dynamics and braking capabilities.

VERDICT

The first impressions and reports of the regular Aprilia SR 150 did indicate us that this is one scooter which is entirely different from all other scooters in the market. It opened the doors of an all new segment of performance oriented scooters once again in India, which were shut down by the meek responses generated by some fantastic scooters like the Kinetic Blaze in the past.

Having said that, the SR 150 Race indeed looks sportier than the regular SR 150 due to the cosmetic changes on the body panels, and at the same time, it performs slightly better too, with the revised gear ratios translating into a better and minutely sportier power delivery. And the premium it carries over the regular SR 150 isn’t too much worth asking for. This makes the SR 150 Race a great value for money product, something which was not said about any Aprilia product previously in India.

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    • Limited sales and service network of Aprilia
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