After the Kinetic Blaze was discontinued in India long back, Suzuki’s Burgman Street 125 reincarnated the genre of maxi-scooters in July 2018. It stood as the only option for the buyers looking to buy a scooter with maxi styling, until now. At the 2020 Auto Expo, Piaggio unveiled a new maxi-scooter, the Aprilia SXR 160, which will be based on the same platform as the SR 160 sport scooter.
Despite being a maxi-scooter, the SXR looks profoundly sporty with angular body panels and the RS660-inspired front end. It gets a three-pod LED headlamp set up with LED DRL and tail lamp. Now, on contrary to its sporty appeal, it is intended to serve practicality as well. This is exemplified by a long and comfy seat, spacious footboard, front luggage hook and glove box, things which its SR sibling falls short of. It also gets a large LCD instrument cluster for displaying information.
While the styling is completely new, the SXR shares its chassis and 160cc, three-valve engine with the SR 160, however, with certain changes in order to suit its character. While this engine produces 10.7bhp and 11.6Nm on the SR, the numbers might vary for the SXR. It rides on 12-inch alloy wheels at both ends with telescopic forks and a monoshock for soaking up bumps along with disc-drum set up for providing the stopping power.
Piaggio has designed and developed the Aprilia SXR 160 in Italy, mainly for the Indian market. Bookings for the scooter will start in August followed by an official launch. Expect it to be priced around Rs 1.2-1.4 lakhs (ex-showroom).