Small-capacity sport motorcycles are loved by motorcyclists around the world because of their accessible and forgiving nature. These beginner track tools have become more popular than ever and manufacturers make sure they deliver as much oomph as possible in a small package. The Aprilia GPR250R is one such motorbike, developed with one goal: to hone the skills of the rider on a racetrack. The Quarter Liter Crotch Rocket has now been updated in China and with this update it has become even more desirable!
It was recently launched at the Xi’an Motor Expo in China. As for the price, the Aprilia GPR250R is priced at 26,800 CNY (around Rs 3.08 lakh).
To begin with, Aprilia reworked the fairing and rear panels. The bike was first introduced in 2019 and in its latest avatar it looks sharper than ever. It was achieved by playing with the fairing and other body panels. The sharper front end now comes with LED headlights instead of the halogen units found on its previous version. The design seems heavily inspired by the rather elusive Aprilia RSV4. It also gets cleverly placed air intakes below the headlight unit and to accentuate its sporty appeal, the Italian bicycle maker has also added fin-shaped extensions to the front.
Specifications and Features
The pilot’s cockpit view has also been heavily revamped with the inclusion of a full-color TFT unit. Previously, the Aprilia GPR250R was fitted with a semi-digital instrument cluster that now looks like an archaic concept. Even though the full TFT unit is a huge step forward, it still loses smartphone connectivity. When it comes to ergonomics, the GPR250R is a specially designed crawler machine and is equipped with clip-on handlebars and rear footrests. At 14 liters, the fuel tank capacity also remained the same.
Aprilia also modified the engine to generate more ponies now. It still makes do with the same liquid-cooled 250cc single-cylinder engine, but it now produces 27.87bhp at 9,000rpm and 21.5Nm at 7,500rpm. This makes it 1.37PS more powerful and 0.5Nm less torque than its previous iteration. The bike is suspended from a perimeter frame linked to an inverted front fork, a rear monoshock and an asymmetric swingarm. Disc brakes at both ends, with a radial caliper up front and standard dual-channel ABS, ensure optimum braking prowess.