It was reported that Aprilia is planning to launch small capacity motorcycles in India. In fact, the brand had unveiled the RS 150 and the Tuono 150 entry-level bikes at the Auto Expo 2018. However, these motorcycles are not likely to enter in our market. Previous reports claim that Aprilia is considering larger capacity motorcycles for the Indian market. The Italian automaker has recently unveiled the Aprilia GPR250 motorcycle in China. This motorcycle could eventually make its way to our market as well.
The GPR250 is basically the bigger version of the GPR150 supersport, which was showcased to dealers in India in early 2019. Few of the styling elements are inspired by the company’s flagship RSV4 1100 Factory superbike. Built on the aluminium twin-spar chassis, the new Aprilia GPR250 is powered by a 249.2cc single-cylinder engine that is capable of producing 25.9PS of power and 22Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to the rear wheel via a 6-speed gearbox.
If launched, the Aprilia GPR250 will challenge the Suzuki Gixxer SF 250, Yamaha Fazer 250 and the Honda CBR250R. While the RS 150 is fitted with a quickshifter, the GPR250 misses out on such electronic features. Suspension mechanism of the bike comprise of Upside Down front forks and an adjustable monoshock at the rear end. For braking, the motorcycle gets a 300mm single disc brake at the front and a disc brake at the rear. Dual-channel ABS system will be offered as standard.
The GPR 250 rides on 17-inch rims shod with 100/80 and 130/70 section front and rear tyres respectively. In terms of proportions, the Aprilia GPR 250 is 1,950mm in length, 770mm in width and 1,100mm in height and has a wheelbase of 1,350mm. It is expected that the GPR 250 will be re-branded with the RS moniker for the Indian market. The company could also introduce the naked version of the motorcycle. Both the motorcycle are expected to be unveiled at the 2020 Auto Expo.