The 2021 edition of the Aprilia GPR250R recently entered the Chinese market. Although it’s unlikely to make it to the Indian shores, it would give tough competition to the KTM RC 200 available here. And that compels us to compare them in terms of specifications and features to check which one is a better entry-level sportsbike.
Aprilia has bestowed the 2021 GPR with a new design inspired by its bigger siblings like the RS660 and the RSV4. It looks bigger for its displacement with a three-piece LED headlamp, a thick perimeter frame and a muscular fuel tank. Sitting under the headlamp are faux air intakes and winglet-like slats. Although the RC 200 too looks sharp, edgy and sporty, the design feels quite dated now. It hasn’t received any significant cosmetic change since its inception but that will change soon.
The Aprilia is slightly better on the feature front incorporating a full-LED lighting setup while the KTM gets LEDs for its turn indicators and tail lamp only. Moreover, the GPR also gets a fancier-looking colour TFT screen which shows data in a clear and clean layout. The RC 200, meanwhile, gets an LCD console which, similar to its styling, hasn’t received any updates to date.
Powering the GPR250R is a 250cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that makes 27.5bhp of power and 21.5Nm of peak torque. Its six-speed gearbox is also mated to a slipper clutch. On the other hand, the KTM RC 200 runs on a 199.5cc, liquid-cooled mill that makes lesser power and torque at 25.4bhp and 19.5Nm. Moreover, its six-speed gearbox also misses out on a slipper clutch.
The type of cycle parts these bikes employ are pretty similar. Both of them ride on 17-inch alloy wheels that are suspended by upside down forks at the front and a monoshock at the rear. A single disc at both ends with ABS is also common. What’s different though is the chassis; unlike the RC’s steel trellis frame, the GPR is held on by a perimeter chassis.
The KTM RC 200 is priced at Rs 2.06 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) in India while the Aprilia GPR250R costs CNY 26,800 (approximately Rs 3.08 lakh). It’s worth noting that the former will soon become more expensive with the launch of its next-generation model. While the GPR250R won’t arrive at our shores anytime soon, Aprilia is working on a pair of sub-400cc motorcycles mainly for the Indian market.