Aprilia have unveiled their new "all-terrain" styled scooter at EICMA 2021. The 2022 Aprilia SR GT features everything you need to feel comfortable zipping around. Press release: Aprilia...
Aprilia used EICMA 2021 as the stage to present an innovative product on the compact GT scooter landscape. The Aprilia SR GT is the first “urban adventure” scooter by Aprilia, designed to re-inject the fun into everyday riding, long distances and less travelled paths.
With the Aprilia SR GT, an active riding position and motorcycle-inspired wide, naked handlebar offer better control, while long-travel suspension and increased ground clearance ensure obstacles are easily cleared when riding in the city. The tyres, with their generous cross-section and “all terrain” tread design, allow the rider to adventure on any surface, from asphalt to cobblestones and roads.
All of this is combined with the unmistakeable Aprilia sports design, the latest 125 and 200 cc i-get engines complete with Start & Stop system for top-class performance, and comprehensive equipment that includes full LED lights, LCD instrumentation and the APRILIA MIA connectivity system (optional).
Side-on, Aprilia SR GT is compact, with reduced overhang and dynamic lines. As well as housing the tank, the central tunnel serves to connect the front and rear, giving SR GT the appearance of a motorcycle. Added to this is the licence plate, which is positioned on the rear wheel to leave a slimmer tail section. Perfectly integrated into the design, the passenger grab handles and full LED rear light cluster complete with turn signals.
With the focus firmly on fun, the Aprilia SR GT riding position is less rearward and more “active” with respect to a traditional compact GT scooter. But the rider can adopt a different position, with their feet further forward on the footpegs, for a more relaxed riding style that is less tiring over long distances. This is possible thanks to an ergonomic footpeg, the external part of which resembles the shape of the protective plates on off-road bikes.
Standing out at the front is the full LED three-element light cluster, typical of Noale sports bikes, as well as the double fairing that emerges to the sides of the shield, there is also a clear enduro influence, with the suspended windscreen and wide handlebar. The handlebar is fixed to the bike with a refined die-cast aluminium riser that bears the Aprilia logo, while the ergonomic and intuitive handlebar control sets are clearly motorcycle-derived.
The instrumentation is fully digital, the large LCD display provides all vehicle data, as well as a wide range of travel information, which can be selected with the MODE button on the left-hand control block. If the APRILIA MIA connectivity system (available on request) is present, once a smartphone is connected to the vehicle via Bluetooth, the instrument panel will also display notifications regarding incoming calls and messages.
The Aprilia SR GT is designed to make any trip a thrill. Know-how in the frame field is fully exploited by Aprilia technicians in creating the chassis. A double cradle frame in high-strength steel tubing is paired with brand-new long-travel suspension developed specifically for this model.
The front boasts a Showa fork with 33mm stanchions and 122mm of travel, 22 per cent more than that of its closest competitor, while the rear features two double-acting Showa shock absorbers with coil spring and five-position adjustable pre-load, and travel equating to 102mm, which is 7 per cent more than the competition.
With its sophisticated chassis, a weight of just 144kg with a full tank (148kg for the 200 version) and light alloy rims – 14in at the front and 13in at the rear – with wide cross-section tyres (110/80 and 130/70), Aprilia SR GT offers excellent agility and handling in traffic, but is also stable at more sustained speeds. The braking system uses a 260mm petal front disc. Lighter and better able to dissipate heat, this makes for better performance, while the rear features a 220mm disc.
The Aprilia SR GT also stands out for its minimum ground clearance of 175 mm, a never-before-seen value for traditional compact GT scooters. This allows the rider to easily clear any bumps in the road and descend from any altitude. All these characteristics, together with “all-terrain” tyres with a slightly knobby tread, make Aprilia SR GT extremely flexible and suited to any type of use. Unstoppable in the city, where obstacles such as cobblestones, tram lines, manhole covers, potholes and uneven asphalt are common, SR GT is also ready for exciting journeys, during which the rider can even leave the asphalt and venture onto white roads.
The Aprilia SR GT also makes a mark on the compact GT scooter segment with its engine power and efficiency. Belonging to the i-get family, this pair of very modern Euro 5-approved units with electronic injection, four valves and liquid cooling are the product of know-how at the Piaggio Group R&D centre for scooter engines, the most important in Europe.
Alongside the 125cc i-get single-cylinder, accredited with maximum power of 11kW@8750rpm and torque that reaches 12Nm@6500rpm, the Aprilia SR GT 200 introduces the brand-new 174cc single-cylinder, which boasts 13kW@8500rpm and 16.5 Nm@700 rpm. Results that are achieved with meticulous work across a large number of components, with the aim of optimising the thermodynamic performance. In particular, the new engine adopts an aluminium cylinder with Nikasil coating (a motorcycle-derived solution), a new piston with updated crown geometry, and a new head that contributes to optimising the combustion efficiency.
All models in the Aprilia SR GT range are equipped with the Start & Stop system known as RISS (Regulator Inverter Start & Stop System). The system does away with the traditional starter, which is replaced with a brushless electrical device installed directly on the crankshaft. This translates into more fuel saving, with a WMTC cycle distance of 40km/l for SR GT 125 and 38.5km/l for SR GT 200.
As well as a more classic version, Aprilia SR GT also offers a Sport trim, which boasts grittier, more sports-oriented graphics and finishes. Aprilia SR GT is available in three colours, Aprilia Black, Street Grey and Infinity Blue, each paired with silvery grey footpegs, sides and passenger grab handles. The wheels are black, the saddle black with grey stitching. The sport is available in Red Raceway and Street Gold. Australian pricing and availability is TBA…