Aprilia RS 150, Tuono 150 India launch next year: Should Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 feel the heat?

The new Aprilia RS 150 and Tuono 150 will be launched in India in 2019. The RS 150 will lock its horns with the recently launched Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0. Thanks to the local manufacturing, the new baby Aprilias are expected to come with a competitive pricing.

By: | Published: February 14, 2018 3:56 PM
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Aprilia RS 150 and Aprilia Tuono 150 were two interesting motorcycles showcased at Piaggio's booth at Auto Expo 2018. This is the first time that the company has showcased such smaller displacement motorcycles and the good news is that the two motorcycles were not meant for just showcasing purpose. The brand is going to launch the new Aprilia RS 150 and Aprilia Tuono 150 in India next year. As per a report on Zigwheels, the two motorcycles have been in making since last two years and hence, the project is not a most recent one. The report further goes on to say that the new Aprilia RS 150 and Aprilia Tuono 150 were originally meant for exporting to the international markets and not for India. When the company was studying the feasibility and other aspects for the two motorcycles, they end up finding out that new Aprilias will be apt for the Indian two-wheeler market as well. The company will manufacture the 125cc versions of the said bikes in India too and they will be sent to global markets.

The new Aprilia RS 150 and Tuono 150 get power from the same 150cc, liquid-cooled engine mated to a six-speed transmission system. The fuel injected mill is good for churning out respective power and torque outputs of 18 bhp and 14 Nm. The braking duties will be taken care of with the help of a 300mm disc brake up front along with a 218mm disc brake at the rear. A dual-channel ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) comes as standard. There is also a quickshifter on offer that will come as optional.

Since the new Aprilia RS 150 and Aprilia Tuono 150 will be made locally at the company's production facility in Baramati, you can expect these to come with a competitive pricing. While the new Aprilia RS 150 might arrive holding a price tag of close to Rs 1.5 lakh, the Tuono 150 will be a bit cheaper at close to Rs 1.4 lakh (ex-showroom). The Aprilia RS 150 will primarily lock its horns with the recently launched Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 that can be yours at Rs 1.25 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). While the Yamaha misses out on an ABS and quickshifter, the Aprilia will miss the presence of features like LED headlamps. For this reason, it will be interesting to see how the two bikes fare against each other but before that, the pricing of the Aprilias will decide their fate. More details in coming days!

Source: Zigwheels

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