Owing to the convenience and peace of mind scooters offer, they are all the rage in the current two-wheeler space in India. This has resulted in manufacturers stuffing scooters with several gizmos and premium components which shot their prices so much that many of them cost on par with 150cc-200cc motorcycles. This also includes the electric scooters, most of which carry a steep price tag owing to the high cost of their batteries. Having said that, for all the prospective scooter buyers and the curious enthusiasts out there, we bring you the list of the top five most expensive scooters one can buy in India.
With its peppy performance and incredible handling, the Aprilia SR 150 gave the Indian riders their first dose of a true sport scooter. The combination of an underbone chassis, 14-inch wheels and stiff suspension setup aids in the sharp handling while the presence of ABS raises the safety quotient. Couple this with a 154.8cc, carbureted motor which makes 10.25bhp and 11.4Nm, and you have a truly fun-to-ride scooter. One can have all of this fun at Rs 84,110.
As mentioned above, electric scooters are mostly pricey thanks to the expensive batteries they are powered by. No wonder then three out of five scooters in this list are electric models. To begin with, Hero Electric’s Photon sits fourth in our list for its ex-showroom price of Rs 86,990. The e-scooter is powered by a lithium-ion battery which delivers a range of 80km and 50km in Economy and Power modes, respectively. Besides the two modes, it also features a polycarbonate headlamp, anti-theft alarm, telescopic forks up front and a disc brake at the front.
While the Vespa models are already popular for being premium and expensive scooters, the costliest in the line-up is the Elegante 150. Based on the VXL 150, the Elegante comes adorned with a metal perimeter guard, tinted fly screen, a two-piece leather seat along with an ‘Elegante’ badging on the front apron. It is powered by a 150cc, carbureted motor which produces 11.4bhp and 11.5Nm. With its retro styling, additional aesthetic elements and the 150cc motor, the Elegante retails at a hefty price of Rs 1.12 lakhs.
Okinawa has a line-up of four stylish and well-equipped electric scooters in its portfolio with the flagship model being the i-Praise. With a sticker price of Rs 1.15 lakhs, the i-Praise comes with an exhaustive list of features. This includes geo-fencing, virtual speed limit, battery health tracker, SOS notifications, GPS, maintenance and insurance reminder and the overall vehicle status reminder. The i-Praise runs a 1000 Watt BLDC motor which is powered by a lithium-ion battery. With a charging time of two to three hours, this battery delivers a range of 160-180km on a full charge.
1. Ather 450
Now, the most expensive scooter in India is the Ather 450 which, of course, is electric. It is developed by a Bengaluru-based start-up Ather Energy which currently has presence only in its hometown with plans to expand in other cities soon. Coming to the 450 model, it is equipped with a brushless DC motor which produces 20.5Nm of peak torque with the top speed rated at 80kmph. On a full charge, its 2.4kW lithium-ion battery pack can deliver a range of around 55-75km depending on the selected mode (Eco, Sport and Ride). On the feature front, its boasts of a seven-inch touchscreen display with an in-built navigation feature. The ex-showroom price of the Ather 450 stands at 1.42 lakhs. However, owing to the FAME II subsidy the scooter is eligible for, it can be bought at an on-road price of Rs 1.22 lakhs, which is still higher than any other scooter in the market.
(All the prices are ex-showroom)