“Let’s not use the term ‘scooter’. We do not like referring to it as a scooter. Let’s call it a hybrid crossover.” That was Stefano Pelle, MD and CEO of Piaggio defending the Aprilia SR 150. Fair enough, I will try to keep the scooter reference as minimal as possible. Let’s call it a motoscooter then.
There are two-wheeler manufacturers who are good at making mass market products, and there are ones who just stick to big bikes. Very few manage to give us the best of both worlds. We know that the Japanese are good at striking a balance, but what happens when an Italian superbike manufacturer, with 54 world racing titles under its belt, tries its hand at making a relatively small automatic scooter?
The Aprilia SR 150 is an automatic motoscooter from Piaggio group which promises to be a harbinger of a revolution in the Indian two-wheeler market. Sure, it wears an iconic badge which never fails to evoke a sense of excitement in motorcycling enthusiasts. But this only makes it even more difficult for the product to live up to expectations and do justice to the brand name. So is the SR 150 really worthy of the hallowed Aprilia badge? We took a brief ride around Piaggio’s facility in Baramati to find out.