We may not have that many small displacement options from Aprilia locally, but that could all change soon.
At the recently concluded Xi’an Motor Expo in China, Aprilia launched its 250cc sportbike, the GPR250R, that is set to compete against Yamaha’s R3 and Honda’s CBR250R.
The overall shell of the new GPR250R is inspired by Aprilia’s flagship RSV4 sportbike. It also sports an air inlet system, LED tail lights and underbelly exhaust. Even the GPR250R’s frame design is inspired by the RSV4 and rides on 17-inch alloy wheels.
The new GPR250R is powered by a single-cylinder, liquid-cooled DOHC 250cc engine, with a claimed power output of 29 Ps at 9,000 rpm, while torque output maxes at 22 Nm at 7,500 rpm. It is mated to a 6-speed gearbox, with a slipper clutch as standard.
Other features include a full TFT screen, dual-channel ABS, and a 14-liter fuel tank that should offer quite a bit of range with each top up.
We asked our friends from Aprilia PH if there’s any plan of bringing the GPR250R here. A small sport bike like this could be a great introduction to the brand and maybe lead to a future upgrade to bigger displacement motorcycles like the Tuono and RS 660; or even the 201-horsepower RSV4. Unfortunately, they have yet to comment as of this writing.
The reported SRP of the new GPR250R is US$4,400 (roughly PhP 221,000, Ph duties and taxes not included).