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Aprilia GPR 250R: Aprilia’s Game Plan for 250Cc Segment Revised

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2021 Aprilia Gpr250R

Aprilia has lifted off the covers from its much awaited quarter liter offering, the new GPR 250R. The fully faired Aprilia GPR 250R now comes with a host of changes compared to the model which was shown to the world back in 2019.

The Aprilia GPR 250 R has been launched at Xi’an Motor Expo in China at a price of CNY 26,800 (roughly Rs. 3.08 lakh). Following are some of the major highlights which you should know about Aprilia’s all new offering in the quarter liter segment.

2021 Aprilia GPR 250R: Design

The Aprilia GPR 250R has been crafted on the lines of its bigger siblings, the more powerful middleweight RS 660 and the liter class RSV4. Compared to the 2019 model, the newly launched model comes with an edgier bodywork from front to rear. While it still retains the triple headlamp design at the front, the halogen units of the previous iteration have been replaced by all LED units, which now feature daytime running LEDs as well.

The Aprilia GPR 250R further manages to look sporty with its air intakes positioned below the headlamps, which are assisted with winglet-like lips which blend in well with the side fairings on either side. The motorcycle comes with split seats, with the pillion seat placed above the tiny tail piece, which has a pointy end and comes with LED tail lamp at the back of it.

2021 Aprilia GPR 250 R: Features

Apart from the LED headlamps and tail lamp, the Aprilia GPR 250 R also features LED turn indicators at both front and rear. The new model now ditches the semi-digital instrument console of the previous model in favor of an all new fully digital unit. This TFT multi-colored display now showcases data of speed, engine rpm, fuel and temperature levels, odometer, gear indicator, trip meters, clock and outside temperature. However, this new display unit misses out on smartphone connectivity and navigation which is gradually becoming a norm in modern day motorcycles.

There are many bits which the new Aprilia GPR 250R continues to get from the model it has replaced, such as rear set foot pegs, clip-on adjustable handlebars and 14-liter fuel tank.

2021 Aprilia GPR 250R: Powertrain and Performance

Powering the new Aprilia GPR 250 is a single cylinder, liquid cooled, 250cc engine, which makes 27.87 PS @ 9,000 rpm of maximum power output and 21.5 Nm @ 7,500 rpm of peak torque output. Compared to the previous iteration of it, the new model now makes 1.37 PS of additional power, but sees a reduction in its peak torque output by almost 0.5 Nm. The 6-speed gearbox with chain drive are the same as before.

2021 Aprilia GPR 250R: Chassis

Like any other modern day quarter liter sports offering, the new Aprilia GPR 250R comes fitted with inverted 41mm hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and a fully adjustable monoshock with asymmetrical swingarm at the rear. For braking duties, the GPR 250R comes with disc brakes at both the ends (300mm front and 218mm rear), which are assisted with a dual channel ABS as standard.

2021 Aprilia GPR 250R: Will it come to India?

The Aprilia GPR250R has been priced at CNY 26,800 (roughly Rs. 3.08 lakh) in the Chinese market. However, this motorcycle is nowhere in the immediate plans of Aprilia for the Indian two wheeler market. Aprilia did showcase RS150 and Tuono 150 back in Auto Expo 2018, but rather than bringing these two motorcycles, it announced that it is planning bigger capacity motorcycles for India, in the range of 300cc and above.

The new upcoming 300cc motorcycle from Aprilia might draw some inspiration from the GPR 250R and will be pegged against the likes of upcoming all new KTM RC390 and TVS Apache RR 310, apart from the Kawasaki Ninja 300 which comes with a parallel twin engine.

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