Aprilia SR 160: the new scooter gets a bigger, more powerful engine


The Aprilia SR 150 took the market by storm when it was launched in 2016. Never earlier than had India seen a scooter that ditched gasoline economic system and practicality for sporty efficiency and dealing with. Now, with the introduction of BS6 norms, the SR gets a barely larger and more powerful engine. Does that equate to more enjoyable? We discover out.

Design and efficiency

The SR 160 appears to be like equivalent to the SR 150, save for the tweaked decals denoting the 160cc engine. It nonetheless appears to be like as sharp and sporty as earlier than, with a distinct id of its personal. The14-inch wheels lend the Aprilia a distinctive stance in contrast to something seen in the fairly crowded Indian scooter area. The match and end is sweet in most locations, however I’d have preferred the use of a higher grade of plastic round the instrument cluster and the switchgear. It simply doesn’t really feel premium sufficient for a scooter priced over ₹1 lakh. The SR 160 doesn’t get a LED headlamp, there isn’t a multi-functional ignition slot and the half digital instrument cluster may have displayed more info.

The Aprilia SR 150 has at all times been lauded for its benchmark-setting efficiency and a have a look at the SR 160’s motor suggests the bar could have been pushed greater. The cubic capability of the air-cooled single has gone up barely from 154.8cc to 160cc through a rise in the stroke from 58.6mm to 60.6mm. Meanwhile, the carburettor has been changed with a fuel-injection system. The results of these efforts is a rise of 0.84hp in energy and 0.7Nm in torque.

Crank up the engine and you’ll discover it sounds just like the BS4 unit at idle. However, when you set off, you will discover that the scooter feels notably smoother. The smoothness has come at the price of preliminary punch off the line that made the earlier scooter a bit more thrilling. This lowered feeling of urgency exhibits in our efficiency checks as properly. Clocking 7.96sec in the dash from 0-60kph, the SR 160 is definitely 0.49sec slower than its predecessor.. Nevertheless, it stays India’s quickest scooter by a slim margin over 125cc scooters similar to the BS6 Suzuki Access (0-60kph in 8.08s).

  • ENGINE 1 cyls, 160.03cc, fuel-injected
  • Power 10.9hp at 7,600rpm
  • Torque 11.6Nm at 6,000rpm
  • Gearbox CVT
  • Front Brake 220mm disc
  • Rear Brake 140mm drum
  • Front Suspension Telescopic fork
  • Rear Suspension Mono shock
  • Front Tyre 120/70-14
  • Rear Tyre 120/70-14

As far as high pace is worried, the SR 160 managed to nudge previous 90kph on the speedometer, which was confirmed by our Vbox numbers. It is nice to see that the pace displayed is now correct and Aprilia has lastly mounted the large speedo error challenge that exaggerated the SR 150’s high pace.

There is not any change in the manner SR 160 rides over its predecessor. Aprilia had tweaked the entrance fork to make the suspension more absorbent, and the SR 160 continues in the identical vein. Rides in low pace stays stiff although not as jarring as the SR 150. The SR can be straightforward to tip into a nook regardless of the 14-inch wheels, and the MRF tyres provide ample grip and suggestions. The brakes are the finest we’ve skilled on an Indian scooter. The chunk on the entrance disc is powerful and the suggestions by means of the lever is so correct, it shames the braking on a few bikes that price more.

Verdict

The Aprilia SR 160 is certainly one of the most enjoyable scooters in the market although what would possibly cease you is the ₹1.24 lakh (OTR Mumbai) price ticket for the base model. That is a steep worth for a scooter that gives very related using expertise as earlier than with none further options.

Nevertheless, the SR 160’s BS6 motor is a signal of what we will count on from the upcoming Aprilia SXR 160 maxi-scooter, which is able to use the identical engine.

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