We haven’t seen many launches from the firm in recent times, apart from rather noiseless launches of the Tuno 660 and RS 660. That is until Aprilia has launched the 2022 SR 160 and SR 125 and even announced that they have started accepting bookings for the same with a token amount of Rs 5000. Prices for the facelifted Aprilia SR 125 and SR 160 range starts from Rs 1.07 lakh ex-showroom, Pune. Let's have a look at what’s new on the updated Aprilia scooters.
We know that the Italians are good with designs! Here is the same case. The SR already had an aggressive-looking design with loud graphics that aid the same. For 2022, it retains the existing design language but with a nip and tuck job to keep things fresh. For starters, there are changes in the front with a rather smooth boomerang-shaped LED headlight. Above that, the handlebar-mounted top fairing has turn indicators and now, what looks like, it has two vents. Move along the side and you will notice the split seats. Aprilia has added a new grab rail that extends to be a backrest as well to support the pillion. Speaking of pillion, a new sari guard has also been added. And lastly, the rear end of the SR looks familiar but has an all-new ‘X’ shaped LED tail lamp.
The Aprilia SR 160 range has three variants distinguished by their style schemes. The standard SR 160 has five colour options — grey, blue, black, white and red. While the Carbon variant gets the red pinstripe on wheels along with carbon textured plastics. Whereas the Race variant has red 14-inch wheels with graphics in red, white and green respectively. Furthermore, the Race variant will also have factory fitted knuckle guards.
Underneath the new skin, the SR range retains its underpinnings. The SR 160 is powered by the same BS6 compliant, 160cc, three-valve, fuel-injected engine with output figures of 10.86bhp at 7600rpm and 11.6Nm at 6000rpm. But we think an extra bump in power figure would have been welcomed so that it can stand the competition given by the slightly smaller Yamaha Aerox, which has 14.75bhp. The 125cc on the other hand has 9.78bhp at 7700rpm and 9.7Nm at 6000rpm available on tap.
The chassis is familiar with the outgoing range as well, and the SR is suspended on telescopic front forks and a single off-set shock absorber at the back. The braking hardware has also been carried over as is. Meaning it has a 220mm disc brake up front and uses a drum brake for the rear wheel. A noteworthy mention is that the SR 160 comes with a single-channel ABS.
In terms of features, both the SR 125 and the SR 160 now feature a fully digital instrument cluster. The new instrument cluster has necessary features like multiple trip metres, estimated range indicator, and a mileage indicator. It is a miss that Aprilia did not provide smartphone integration but they have given a USB charging port. And lastly, it also has a storage space lamp.
Given the engine size, the SR 125 will compete against the TVS Ntorq Race XP, which is packed to the brim with features and costs less at Rs 85,025 ex-showroom. Whereas the SR 160 with a starting price of Rs 1.17 lakh (ex-showroom Pune) will rival Yamaha’s latest offering the Aerox 155. The Japanese contestant produces more power, comes with more features and also has Yamaha’s vast service network across the nation.