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Aprilia cooks a low-capacity motorcycle

Aprilia cooks a low-capacity motorcycle
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Aprilia is reportedly working on a new lower-capacity motorcycle for the novice rider – and if the reports are true, we’re looking at a revamped engine platform for Aprilia’s track-happy RS 250.

In the late 1990s/early 2000s, the RS 250 was considered “one of the last street-legal two-strokes” (via CycleWorld), with her combination of nimble weight, brilliant handling and superb specs taking her to the top of the charts.

Aprilia’s RS250 SP. Media sourced from VisorDown.

Now a report from iMotorcycle states that the Italian motorcycle manufacturer is working on updating the old RS 250 V-twin to a 4-stroke parallel-twin heart to add to the current Aprilia range.

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“[The] CAD sketch shows the all-new 250cc DOHC 4-stroke parallel-twin engine Aprilia is developing,” says iMotorbike.

“Interestingly, this engine puts a ‘central cam drive’ between the cylinders instead of just on one side.”

Aprilia's RS250 engine.  Media sourced from iMotorbike.
Aprilia’s RS250 engine. Media sourced from iMotorbike.

“This unique setup would reduce camshaft and crankshaft flexion under heavy loads, indicating that the upcoming RS250 could be a thoroughbred race machine designed for the track,” adds one RideApart report.

Aprilia's RS250 engine.  Media sourced from iMotorbike.
Aprilia’s RS250 engine. Media sourced from iMotorbike.

Aprilia falls under parent company Piaggio Group, which also has a number of other proverbial irons in the fire; if this report is correct, a 250cc unit is currently being developed by Zongshen-Piaggio in China; with the RS 125 and GPR 250R seeing a Chinese debut, it’s possible this particular addition is headed for the same unveiling… although we’re secretly hoping there’s additional room for an EU or US debut as well.

Aprilia's RS250 SP.  Media sourced from iMotorbike.
Aprilia’s RS250. Media sourced from iMotorbike.

We’ll keep you updated on everything we hear from the vine; make sure to subscribe to our newsletter, leave a comment below to let us know what you think, and as always – stay safe on the curves.

*Media sourced from VisorDown, Aprilia and iMotorbike*

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