Aprilia reaffirms its status as the high-performance scooter class-leader with a complete redesign of the large-wheel SportCity.
"This new 2009 Sportcity Cube 250 maintains the exceptional stability and performance characteristics of its predecessor, while incorporating an array of styling enhancements," says Aprilia brand manager Rick Panettieri. "The Cube's wider, more comfortable seat also provides increased storage capacity. Additional changes include a larger luggage rack with improved grab handles, revamped instrument cluster, and new front grille and fender."
Distinctive Styling Cues: Italian at Heart
Virtually every aspect of the SportCity has striking new design elements. At the front end is a reshaped mudguard and grille accentuated by attractive lightweight 15-inch aluminium wheels. An aerodynamic bikini fairing protects the rider from the elements and holds an entirely revamped analog-digital instrument cluster that is easy to read-with a wider range of information-safely accessible from a handlebar-mounted switch. The SportCity has a wider, more comfortable seat, ergonomically shaped for added comfort with a textile cover providing substantial grip to reduce sliding.
The larger luggage rack has improved grab handles for the passenger and capacity of the under seat compartment has been increased. The clever lockable glove compartment has an outlet for recharging a cell phone-reflecting Aprilia's savvy at understanding the needs of today's technology-driven commuter.
Performance and Technological Advances
The SportCity is graced with a healthy, performance-oriented single-cylinder 244cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke engine with sophisticated 4-valve head and overhead camshaft, providing a significant rush of power. The torquey engine produces an astonishing 22.5 horsepower at 8,000 rpm for quick acceleration from standstill-perhaps the most important attribute for a scooter in an urban environment of stop and go traffic.
This kind of performance elevates the SportCity into the realm of a
medium-range commuter and back road rambler while the clean-burning engine remains environmentally friendly and conveniently miserly on fuel. The generous 9-litre tank gives the SportCity substantial range and relative estrangement from gas stations, contributing to the scooter's minimal operating costs.
Structural Integrity: Big Bike Handling
The SportCity's high strength steel frame provides exceptional strength despite the open platform design, which provides increased room for the rider's feet. The rigid chassis renders increased stability and precise handling at high and low speeds for increased rider confidence.
Advanced 35mm-diameter hydraulic telescopic forks provide 100mm of travel on the front while the engine/transmission assembly works as the rear swingarm, suspended by twin shock absorbers. The combination comfortably and confidently smoothes out any obstacles the asphalt jungle places in the SportCity's path.
The scooter's lightweight and short wheelbase coupled with its agile
reflexes enables it to effortlessly tackle the demands of the inner city, allowing riders to easily maneuver confidently through traffic while possessing an aptitude for nabbing prime parking spots.
To accommodate the increased level of performance, the SportCity has stopping power in the form of twin 260mm discs mated to twin piston calipers on the front, with a single 220mm disc on the rear. The result is superior braking performance to promote and ensure increased safety.
The SportCity carries an MSRP of $4699 (USD) and is available in brilliant Planet Blue and striking Crowd Silver.
Aprilia offers a wide range of accessories to compliment the SportCity Cube's standard equipment, such as a larger windscreen and various top boxes for additional carrying capacity.