Aprilia has showcased its fully faired RS 150 motorcycle at the 2018 Auto Expo, making the supersport even more accessible to the masses
After enjoying a healthy run of success with the SR 150 scooter, Aprilia has taken the next step towards capturing market share in the 150cc supersport category, with the launch of the RS 150, ready to take on the likes of the newly launched Yamaha R15 v3 and the Honda CBR 150R.
On the design front, you could easily forgive an amateur to mistake it for the litre class RSV4. Yes, that’s the extent to which the RS 150 is inspired by its older sibling. Right from the signature triple headlamp to the smooth fairing, Aprilia has gone to great extents to lend the big bike feel to the mini RSV4.
Specs wise, the RS 150 is powered by a liquid cooled, 150cc 4-stroke fuel injected engine that belts out 18 HP at a whopping 10,000 RPM and 14 Nm at 7500 RPM. It also gets a huge 300mm disc up front with radial 4 piston callipers and a 218mm disc at the rear. Dual channel ABS is also offered as both brakes are coupled with a Bosch ABS unit. Suspension duties are handled by 40mm USD forks up front and a monoshock at the rear. The bike gets 17-inch tyres at the front and rear of 100mm and 130mm section width respectively.
But wait, there’s a surprise here, that will surely get the enthusiasts’ blood pumping. Aprilia is also offering an accessory Quick Shifter which will enable even faster shifts and acceleration.
The motorcycle is set to be launched in the 2nd half of 2018, so we can expect it to be here around the Diwali festive season. On paper, the bike looks set to give its rivals a run for their money, and if Aprilia can get the pricing spot on, just like the SR 150, we might just be looking at a new era in 150cc supersport riding.