Author: Bike Social in Milan Posted: 04 Nov 2014
Aprilia’s RSV4 joins the 200bhp plus club next year as the Italian marque lifts the covers of a new ‘RR’ version of its superbike contender.
Straight off the back of winning both their third riders’ and constructors’ titles in the World Superbike Championship, Aprilia has wheeled out a 201bhp updated edition of the V4 sports bike first seen in 2009.
Aprilia claim the RSV4 RR’s updated 999.6cc liquid-cooled 65o V4 engine produces 16hp more than its predecessor and weighs 1.5kg less. The Noale factory says the main aim of producing the new bike was to exceed the 200hp threshold while at the same time increasing the ‘already generous torque at all engine speeds.’
Almost all engine components have been re-designed to some level or another. The V4 has a new air box, new upper injectors and re-designed variable setting intake ducts. The exhaust system has also been redesigned with revamped electronic valve management, while a new, more powerful ECU contributes to more precise management of the engine.
It’s claimed the RSV4 RR is the only superbike which allows riders to adjust the engine position in the frame, the headstock angle, the swing arm pivot and rear end height in addition to its fully adjustable suspension, making it like a ‘real racing bike’.
The RSV4 RR’s increase in power brings a revamped chassis and weight distribution configuration, with the engine mounted in the lowest possible position allowed by its adjustment range in the frame.
The electronics on Aprilia’s RSV4 weren’t shabby in the first place, but the Aprilia Performance Ride Control (aPRC) gets a further developed system derived directly from the championship winning RSV4 Factory machine ridden by Sylvain Guintoli. The system features traction control adjustable to eight settings without having to release the throttle, wheelie control (which has been recalibrated for maximium performance), launch control and Aprilia’s Quick Shift electronic gearbox.
Aprilia’s three level ‘Race ABS’ comes as standard on the RSV4 RR, featuring settings for track use, sport riding on the roads and surfaces with poor grip. This can be combined with one of three engine maps with the previous Track and Sport modes now joined by a race map.
A race pack including lightweight forged aluminium wheels and ‘more sophisticated’ Ohlins suspension (shock absorbers, fork and steering damper) is available as an extra.
To celebrate the arrival of the new RSV4, Aprilia have also launched a limited edition model, the RSV4 RF, which comes with the race pack as standard and an exclusive ‘Superpole’ paint scheme. Only 500 will be made.
Engine: 999.6cc longitudinal 65o V4 cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid cooled with dual overhead cam (DOHC) and four valves per cylinder.
Maximum power: 201HP (149 kW) at 13,000 rpm
Maximum torque: 115 Nm at 10,500 rpm
Fuel system: Airbox with front dynamic air intakes. Variable-height intake ducts controlled by engine control unit; 4 Marelli 48 mm throttle bodies with 8 injectors and latest-generation Ride-by-Wire technology.
Gearbox: 6-speed cassette type gearbox, Gear lever with Aprilia Quick Shift electronic system
Frame: Aluminium dual beam chassis with pressed and cast sheet elements. Adjustable headstock position and rake, engine height, swing arm pin height. Non-adjustable Sachs steering damper (Ohlins steering damper on RSV4 RF)
Front Suspension: Sachs Fork with 43mm stanchions (Ohlins fork for RF). Adjustable spring preload and hydraulic compression and rebound damping.
Rear Suspension: Double braced aluminium swing arm. Sachs monoshock adjustable in: hydraulic rebound and compression, spring preload, wheelbase length. (RF: Ohlins racing monoshock with piggy-back fully adjustable in: spring preload, wheelbase length, hydraulic compression and rebound).
Front Brakes: Dual 320mm stainless steel disc with lightweight stainless steel rotor and aluminium flange with 6 pins. Brembo M430 monoblock radial callipers with 4 30mm opposing pistons. Sintered pads. Radial pump and metal braided brake hose.
Rear Brakes: 220mm diameter disc; Brembo calliper with two 32mm separate pistons. Sintered pads. Pump with integrated tank and metal braided hose.
Dry weight: 180kilos
Fuel tank: 18.5 litres (4 litre reserve)