- Looks similar to the Storm 125 that was unveiled last year
- Piaggio reportedly planned to launch it in April 2019
- Could also be the updated SR150 as it bears the ‘BS VI 160’ sticker
Piaggio might be gearing up to launch a new Aprilia SR scooter with a BS VI engine in India which was confirmed by the spy picture which has surfaced on the internet. The yellow Aprilia test mule resembles the Storm 125 which was showcased by the company during the 2018 Auto Expo. However, the sticker on the front apron reads ‘BS VI 160’ which suggests that this could be an updated version of the Aprilia SR150 which is powered by a 154.8cc engine.
While the spied scooter features the same yellow paint job as the unveiled concept, it carriers a few distinctions. The test mule had a smaller windscreen as compared to the model showcased at the Auto Expo. The handlebar cowl gets the same body-coloured yellow finish as opposed to the concept which bore a blacked-out panel. Furthermore, the stickering has been revised and the tyres appear to be slicker than the dual-purpose Vee Rubber tyres which were featured on the concept.
As we had reported last month, Piaggio, the parent company of Aprilia, is set to launch the Storm 125 around the third week of April. Notably, The SR125 has not been fetching many customers for the last few months with the sales figures hovering around 200 units each month since December 2018. In order to counter this, Piaggio might bring the Storm 125 to boost the sales in the 125cc segment. On the flip side, if the ‘160’ sticker is anything to go by, the company might have reworked on its plan. It could go on to increase the popularity of its better-selling SR150 by launching the fancier Storm variant.
Now it remains to be seen whether Piaggio brings the Storm 125 or launches the upgraded SR150 in Storm guise with a BS VI engine. Meanwhile, as we had mentioned in our exclusive report, Piaggio has also planned to introduce a new family-oriented scooter, the Aprilia Comfort, which is likely to debut in the month of August this year.