Gentlemen racers and some ladies – The Aprilia RSV4 is born… Winner of no less than 54 racing titles in its pedigreed history, the Italian marque has launched its latest version of this classic superbike. Enter the 2021 RSV4…
The new-design RSV4 is the culmination of a great deal of work done in terms of applied aerodynamics using wind tunnels, styling and chassis development. The result is an extremely low aerodynamic resistance coefficient, with a significant benefit in terms of performance at high speeds, also increasing the air pressure in the airbox, which all increases downforce.
Winglets are no longer an additional element on the panels, but are built into the double-wall fairings, a solution that optimizes stability at high speeds and simultaneously improves engine cooling, diverting the hot air flow from the rider and also creating a highly aesthetic styling feature.
Chassis And Engine Upgrades
Chassis architecture too has undergone a drastic revision with a new lighter swingarm, stiffer thanks to a reinforced lower brace, and inspired by the one on the Aprilia RS-GP used in MotoGP, designed to lower weight and increase the stability of the rear-end under acceleration.
Engine wise the narrow V4 gains more torque and more power topping the chart at a potent 217 HP, thanks to a new exhaust system and larger engine displacement, which rises from 1,077 cc to 1,099 cc.
The triple LED front headlight unit, featuring perimeter DRL lights represents the lighting signature of Aprilia sport bikes and includes the “bending lights” function: the pair of supplementary lights that illuminate the inside of the turn, increasing visibility when cornering.
Rider ergonomics are also entirely new and improved thanks to the new fuel tank and the new saddle that allow the rider to tuck perfectly into the fairings, more on-board space and a more natural and relaxed riding position. Electronics are new too, and more functional and intuitive. An all new TFT instrumentation is now larger and more complete. Thanks to the new Marelli 11MP ECU and the new, six-axis inertial platform, both more powerful, electronic management has improved with control of the full Ride-by-Wire throttle and the APRC operating logic has also been refined.
In addition to all this wizardry is a multi-level engine brake control. There are now six Riding Modes, three for the track (including two customizable) and three for the road – also customizable. The rider just needs to choose the Riding Mode that best interprets his or her riding needs to automatically obtain the best settings in terms of Traction Control, Wheelie Control, engine brake, ABS and the other managed parameters.
The RSV4 is available in two versions: RSV4 ( Dark Losail color scheme) priced st $24,500 and RSV4 Factory ($25,500) in the two Aprilia Black and Lava Red color schemes. Both versions are powered by the revamped 1,099 cc V4 engine, but they can be distinguished by the standard equipment which, for the Factory, includes forged aluminum wheel rims, the semi-active Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 suspension system and the Brembo Stylema brake calipers.