Italian motorcycle manufacturer Aprilia is reportedly getting ready to enter the sub-400cc segment. The news comes after Diego Graffi, Chairman of Piaggio India, disclosed that the company is indeed working on 300-400cc motorcycles for its Aprilia brand.
Should Aprilia launch its sub-400cc models, it would be facing tough competition from established players in the segment, namely Kawasaki, Yamaha, BMW, Royal Enfield, and other major manufacturers. More competition, however, would be a good thing for consumers. More competing models would spark continuous innovation and aggressive pricing from the world's biggest motorcycle brands.
Some of what Aprilia's sub-400cc models would rival include the Kawasaki Ninja 300, Yamaha YFZ R3 300, BMW G 310 GS, and the Royal Enfield Meteor 350. While the segment is certainly packed with great models, we think that Aprilia could be fairly successful in introducing its take on sub-400 cc models.
Of course, Aprilia is no stranger to venturing into crowded segments. The motorcycle manufacturer has produced smaller engine displacement models before. The Italian company's lineup includes the RS 250 SP and RS 125. Aprilia is also set to launch the RS 150 later this year to further expand its small displacement lineup. Looking at these previous models could offer a glimpse of how Aprilia could approach its newest 300-400cc motorcycles.
The RS 250 SP is powered by a 250cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine that produces around 28 hp and 22 Nm of torque. The RS 125, meanwhile, is fitted with a 125cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine capable of around 28 hp and 19 Nm of torque.
There's no word yet on a local release for Aprilia's 300-400cc motorcycles, as the brand is still in the early stages of development. As exciting as they are, these models could be several years away from launch. If the demand is there, the motorcycle manufacturer could be tempted to launch its latest sportbikes in more markets, including the Philippines.