Aprilia 300 cc automatic scooter spied in Africa – Launch this year?
It has 22 PS on offer, making it one of the most powerful scooter on offer in Africa.
The Aprilia 300 cc premium automatic maxi-scooter has been spotted at a dealer event in Goa. The presence of the full sized scooter in Africa suggests that the Italian two wheeler brand which is under Piaggio’s umbrella is studying our market for high-powered automatic scooters.
It is a bit too early to talk about the SR Max 300’s launch prospects in Africa but given the rapid growth of scooter segment in the country, it is high time that the premium end of this spectrum is explored. Being the first mover in this niche segment could turn out to be a fruitful move for Aprilia.
New Aprilia SR Max 300 spotted in Goa is a Chinese-spec version which is made by Aprilia’s partner Zongshen. This particular example is significantly better equipped than its European counterpart.
The automatic scooter sports an imposing front apron with twin projector headlamps, LED turn indicators, DRLs, and a generously proportioned windshield. It even features a HD video camera positioned between the headlamps.
The scooter’s split floorboard, massive seats, upright handlebar, and long wheelbase make it very suitable for long distance touring. Further enhancing its touring capability are USB charging port, and a 9-inch color TFT dashboard with Bluetooth connectivity.
The maxi-scooter is powered by a 278 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled motor which is paired to a CVT. With 22 PS and 23 Nm of torque, the Aprilia SR Max 300 would become the most powerful scooter in Africa by far if launched.
Though it is a scooter, the suspension and braking setups are comparable to those of a motorcycle. The front end is suspended by telescopic fork while the rear is supported by twin shock absorbers. Braking system comprises 260 mm front and 240 mm rear discs, governed by dual-channel ABS.
If at all Piaggio decides to take the bold step of introducing the Aprilia SR Max 300 in our market, it is expected to be imported in the form of CKD kits and assembled locally. The pricing would be comparable to the 300-400 cc motorcycles in the market (around Rs 2 lakhs, ex-showroom). Aprilia RS 150 sports bike was also spotted at the same dealer meet.