Aprilia Sub-400cc Motorcycle Planned For India Launch
Aprilia India is only dealing with scooters in the mainstream space as of now and the bikes that they display at Auto Expo 2018 have remained a distant dream. The Aprilia RS 150 and Tuono 150 were scheduled to debut in production at Auto Expo this year and the company has now indicated that their plans have changed a little.
Our eyes have lit up again, however, as Piaggio said they are working for the Indian market on an Aprilia Sub-400cc Motorcycle. Piaggio India’s top man stated during the launch of the Vespa Racing Sixties scooter that Aprilia will not foray into India’s 125cc-150cc motorcycle segment as the motorcycling scene has developed and the 300-400cc room is where the action lies.
The decision matches well with the brand picture, which is planning for an introduction to the SXR 160 maxi scooter during this festive season. The Aprilia sub-400cc bike will take around 2-3 years to be launched in the market, as the bike will be all-new.
Possibly these upcoming motorcycles will be built from scratch as the portfolio of the company does not include products powered by a 300cc-400cc engine. However, there is the GPR 250, it doesn’t fit in the same room. Expect these latest devices to be inspired by the top-spec machines from Aprilia and it will be at least a few years before we see anything concrete, unless they have been working on these items for some time now.
We expect the Aprilia Sub-400cc Motorcycle to be produced in India as global products that could be exported to other markets from here. While we can only guess, we conclude that for now, these new products will most likely be powered by a large single instead of a twin-cylinder motor to keep costs under control. Their main competition will be the likes of the KTM RC and Duke 390, TVS Apache RR 310, and everything else in that room. Maybe like KTM, Aprilia could use the same platform and engine to build a streetfighter, a full-fledged vehicle, and an adventure bike too.
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