Aprilia RS150 launch timeframe not revealed by the company but evaluation is on and company’s CEO has talked about it…
As we told you at the first day of the Auto Expo 2018 at our Facebook page, Aprilia has pulled up a big surprise; two actually! They kept on display two very exciting motorcycles at their stall – RS150 and Tuono 150 – both miniature models of their flagship motorcycles.
Scaled down version of the RSV4 is the RS150 and the Tuono 150 is the lower displacement model of the Tuono 1100! Both the motorcycles are powered by a 150cc 4 stroke, liquid cooled fuel injected engine capable of producing 18 hp of peak power at 10,000 rpm and 14 Nm of maximum torque at 7500 rpm.
Other noticeable features of both the motorcycles are 40 mm upside down front forks, 300 mm front disc with 4 piston callipers and 218 mm rear disc with single calliper, 100/80, 130/70 front and rear tyres respectively (both 17 inchers); ABS is standard and also on offer is a Quick Shifter as an accessory!
The difference is in the seating posture – with the low-set clip-ons the RS is out and out sporty in character with an aggressive riding stance, the Tuono has a rod-type raised handlebar and slightly forward-set footpeg assembly.
Aprilia RS150 Launch
As you can notice, these are R15-rivalling numbers and Aprilia can place them, specially the RS, in the premium 150 cc space to present an alternate for motorcycling enthusiasts, after Honda called it quits with their CBR 150R! Even if they can snatch a pie of the 4000 units (per month) selling R15, it will be big for their scheme of things!
As per a conversation with one of the company official at the stall, we were told that they are gauging public response and if they believe it is positive, they will work on making them ready for our market.
According to a new report at AutocarPro, Diego Graffi, who is the newly appointed CEO and MD of Piaggio India, has talked about the motorcycles. He reveals that currently, these are prototype models which have been designed in Italy. He adds that these motorcycles can be “highly suitable for India and similar markets“. The biggest confirmation he has put in is that – when (and if) these motorcycles will come to India they will be made locally!
A recent report at Autocar has already predicted that the RS150 as well as the Tuono can be launched by middle of next year and they add that both these motorcycles will be locally manufactured at Piaggio’s Baramati plant.
Local production is the only way these motorcycles can be priced aggressively in India, otherwise it will be better they do not come here at all!
So, what are your views on the RS150? If priced around the same ballpark, will you buy the Italian over the Jap?