A host of aerodynamic and ergonomic upgrades feature on the new 2021 Aprilia RSV4 and RSV4 Factory, with the electrical suite also enhanced, and horsepower numbers boosted. The changes set a new benchmark for the race-bred beast.
Aprilia has dominated motorcycle racing for a decade, including winning the MotoGP Championship, thanks to the RSV4, and the new design is an evolutionary change, with its style inspired by the ultra-modern RS 660.
Its shape has been modelled in the wind tunnel to allow an extremely low aerodynamic resistance coefficient, with a significant benefit in terms of performance at high speeds, with winglets now built into the double-wall fairings, optimising stability.
The triple LED front headlight unit, featuring perimeter DRL lights that represents the lighting signature of Aprilia sport bikes, includes functionality for increased visibility when cornering.
Ergonomics have been improved with a new fuel tank and new saddle that allow the rider to fit perfectly with the fairings, providing more on board space and a more natural and relaxed riding position.
The electrical controls are more functional and intuitive, and the new TFT instrumentation is larger and more complete. A new Marelli 11MP ECU and a new, six-axis inertial platform, has improved electronic management as well.
The full ride-by-wire throttle and APRC operating logic have also been refined. The exclusive suite of Aprilia electronic controls has also been completed, with the introduction of the multi-level engine brake control.
There are now six riding modes, three for the track (including two customisable) and three for the road (including one customisable). Riding modes provide altered settings for traction control, wheelie control, the engine brake, ABS and other parameters.
The ultra fine chassis architecture has undergone a drastic change with the new swingarm now lighter and with a reinforced lower brace.
The high performance narrow V4, the most revolutionary and powerful engine ever built by Aprilia, gains more torque and confirms its exceptional maximum power level of 217HP or just on 162kW.
This gain is the result of a new exhaust system and increased effective engine displacement, previously 1077cc and now 1099 cc. The engine will power both the RSV4 and the RSV4 Factory.
The RSV4 will be available only in Dark Losail, with the RSV4 Factory offered in Aprilia Black or Lava Red. The two bikes can be distinguished by their standard equipment.
For the Factory, this includes includes forged aluminium wheel rims, semi-active Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 suspension system, and Brembo Stylema brake callipers.
Arrival in Australia is scheduled for mid-year, with final specifications and pricing available closer to arrival.