Piaggio India has recently launched the BS6 compliant versions of the Aprilia and Vespa scooters in the country. It is to be noted that BS-VI (BS6) emission regulations are set to kick in India from April 1, 2020. Coming back to the Aprilia and Vespa, the scooters are now equipped with a high performance 160 cc single-cylinder engine that is now fuel-injected in order to meet the upcoming stringent emission norms.
It is worth mentioning here that with the new engine, the Aprilia SR 150 has been renamed as the Aprilia SR 160. The price for the Aprilia SR 150 in India has been set at Rs 85,431 (ex-showroom Pune). On the other hand, the BS6 Vespa 150 SXL costs Rs 91,492 (ex-showroom Pune).
Diego Graffi, Managing Director and CEO, Piaggio India said, "We are pleased to transition effectively into BS6 emission norms for our Vespa and Aprilia range of scooters, well ahead of the deadline. Being aligned to the Government' efforts on emission, we have achieved a significant reduction in emission through our advanced combustion system. As a global brand, we understand the need to innovate and evolve, in order to build mobility for the future."
In the meantime, Ashish Yakhmi, Head of Two-wheeler business said, "At present, we have successfully integrated BS6 technology across Vespa and Aprilia brands of scooters and have started rolling out with BS6 engines. Our upgraded range of scooters are available across dealerships in India. The BS6 variant and models go on sale from now."
Both the Aprilia SR 150 and Vespa 150 SXL feature a 160 cc engine that churns out 10.8 bhp. Visually, there are no changes to the models and the scooters continue to get distinctive styling. The BS6 models of Aprilia and Vespa are available at the company’s dealerships.