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Aprilia RSV 4

  • Year:
    2014
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    Aprilia V4 longitudinal 65°, 4-strokes, liquid cooling system, double overhead camshaft (DOHC), four valves per cylinder
  • Transmission:
    6-speed
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    184
  • Torque @ RPM:
    86
  • Energy:
    Airbox with front dynamic air intakes. Variable length intake ducts controlled via ECU.
  • Displacement:
    999 cc
  • Price:
    20499

2014 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC ABS

The Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC ABS is one of the most wanted supersport bikes from the market. And there is no wonder why, because it is equipped with state of the art technologies is reliable to the core and looks quite stunning.

The motorcycle is propelled by a 999.6 cc, V4 Longitudinal 65°, 4-stroke, liquid cooled engine with double overhead camshaft (DOHC) and four valves per cylinder. The unit cranks out a maximum power of 184 Hp (135,3 KW) At 12.500 Rpm and 86.2 Lb-Ft 117 Nm of torque at 10.000 Rpm, and is paired with a six speed cassette type gearbox.

The engine is combined with the aPRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) package which includes: aTC - Aprilia Traction Control, aWC - Aprilia Wheelie Control, aLC - Aprilia Launch Control and aQS - Aprilia Quick Shift.

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Overview

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Highly advanced technology applied to a supersport bike

Right from the start, the Aprilia RSV4 Factory set the benchmark in the supersport category and has evolved year after year without losing any of the extraordinary dynamic balance which helped it win five WSBK titles.

2014 Aprilia RSV4 Factory ABS Features and Benefits:

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RSV4 Factory ABS:

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Winning Identity
From day one, the RSV4 Factory has been the benchmark in the supersport bike category. Year after year it has evolved without losing any of the incredible dynamic balance which took it to five WSBK titles, and, in 2012 to be nominated winner in a comparison of all sports bikes organised by the best known motorcycle magazines in the world. The ABS on the Aprilia RSV4 Factory signals yet another stage in the evolution of a dynasty of winning bikes. The aim was to improve on the previous version which was already seen as the absolute best and to consolidate the use of well proven technology. Better performance with better safety too. The Aprilia RSV4 Factory ABS becomes not only more powerful but also more ergonomic, stable and better under braking. It is also safer on the track and in road use thanks to the adoption of an exceptional new braking system fitted with multi-map ABS that can be adjusted or even disabled on the move.

V4 of 65° Engine:

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Incomparable Engine
The first high performance narrow V four cylinder engine in the world; the most revolutionary engine ever made by Aprilia is incomparable thanks to its unique “total electronics” package, itsincredible lightness and super compact size, reaches a new stage in evolution. The engine has been updated and improved with particular attention paid to reducing internal friction and increasing casing ventilation. The exhaust system too has been remodelled to provide maximum performance working in combination with a finely tuned electronic management system. This brings the maximum power of the 65° V4 to 184 CV with torque now arriving at 117 Nm. The 3 distinct mappings (Track, Sport and Road), were matched to the new power and torque specifications of the V4 to provide even fuller and in-depth power output at any engine speed.

Superbike Frame:

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Stability and Control
In keeping with consolidated Aprilia traditions, the aluminium frame of the RSV4 R exploits thestrength and flexibility of cast and pressed components, which are welded together to form one structure, sets new benchmarks in terms of balance and dynamic efficiency. Torsional and flexional rigidity have been optimised to give the rider absolute control. This means that the Aprilia RSV4 R is not just a bike with devastating performance, but one whose greatest strength is precisely the incredible ease with which any rider can access its full potential. The swingarm also uses the same constructional technology as the frame and offers the same perfect balance between flexional and torsional stiffness to contribute to the extraordinary handling capabilities of the RSV4 R. The Factory version comes with Ohlins multi-adjustable suspension, ultralight forged alloy wheels and numerous finishing touches in carbon fibre and magnesium. The degree to which the suspension can be set is infinite: The RSV4 Factory is the only bike that offers adjustments to rake (through interchangeable bushes), swingarm height, swingarm spindle height and engine position in the frame, as standard. Exactly the same as seen on the best race bikes. The Aprilia RSV4 Factory ABS also features as standard a new front braking system with Brembo M430 monobloc radial calipers and a new radial pump on the handlebars. The rear brake caliper has been replaced by a more evolved, efficient system to optimise performance with the new front brake.

aPRC Technology:

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The New Frontier in Technology
aPRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control), which comes as standard, is the well-known system control package that comes directly from race winning experience gained in the Superbike series. It is the most complete, sophisticated package there is out of those currently on the market. aPRC includes:

• aTC: Aprilia Traction Control, automatically adjusts to different types of tyres, with 8 settings that can be conveniently selected on the move from a joystick on the left handlebar without closing the throttle;
• aWC: Aprilia Wheelie Control, with three settings;
• aLC: Aprilia Launch Control, for use on the track only, with 3 settings;
• aQS: Aprilia Quick Shift, for ultra-fast gear shifting without closing the throttle or using the clutch.

On the Aprilia RSV4 Factory ABS, the aPRC system has been further developed: it now integrates even better with the full Ride by Wire electronic multi-map V4 engine management system to meet the specific needs of both road users and professional race riders. The performance of the system provides smoother power delivery for improved high speed cornering but does not penalise traction on exiting low speed bends. In addition to this second generation aPRC, the new RSV4 also adopts a highly advanced ABS multi-map system that ensures not just maximum safety on the road but even better performance on the track.

Aerodynamic Efficiency Design:

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Comfort and Performance
The Aprilia RSV4 is both the new and the future generation of supersports bikes: the key concept is to eliminate excess bodywork and leave only what is strictly necessary for aerodynamic efficiency. The sheer beauty of its technical components enhances a bike whose compactnesswould only have been possible in recent times on a smaller engined machine or a Grand Prix prototype. The technology used for the frame and engine is state-of-the-art and their combination makes the RSV4 the perfect companion for any rider wishing to push and improve their limits thanks to the feel provided by this technology.

The most obvious aesthetic change on the RSV4 Factory ABS is the new fuel tank which has been modified not just to facilitate positioning the ABS but also to improve range and rider comfort. The tank capacity is now 18.5 litres (was 17) and pads on the side of the tank provide increased feel for the rider under braking and while cornering. This solution was taken directly from the RSV4s that race in the Superbike series.

Specifications

Engine Type Aprilia V4 longitudinal 65°, 4-strokes, liquid cooling system, double overhead camshaft (DOHC), four valves per cylinder
Capacity 999.6 cc
Max power (at crankshaft) 184 hp (135,3 kW) at 12.500 rpm
Max torque (at crankshaft) 86.2 lb-ft 117 Nm at 10.000 rpm
Fuel system Airbox with front dynamic air intakes. Variable length intake ducts controlled via ECU. 4 Weber-Marelli Ø48-mm throttle bodies with 8 injectors and latest generation Ride-by-Wire engine management. Choice of three different engine maps selectable by the rider with bike in motion: T (Track), S (Sport), R (Road)
Exhaust system 4 into 2 into 1 layout, single oxygen sensor, lateral single silencer with engine control unit-controlled butterfly valve and integrated trivalent catalytic converter.
Gearbox 6-speed cassette type gearbox
Lubrication Wet sump lubrication system with oil radiator and two oil pumps (lubrication and cooling)
Clutch Multiplate wet clutch with mechanical slipper system. Gear lever with Aprilia Quick Shift electronic system ’AQS’
Traction management APRC System ’Aprilia Performance Ride Control’, which includes Traction Control (ATC), Wheelie Control (AWC), Launch Control (ALC), all of which can be configured and deactivated independently through the race display.
Frame Aluminium dual beam chassis with pressed and cast sheet elements.
Front suspension Öhlins adjustable steering damper. Ø43mm Öhlins upside down units fully adjustable (Tin). Wheel travel: 120 mm
Rear suspension Aluminum alloy swingarm. ÖHLINS piggyback shock absorber with adjustable spring preload, compression, rebound damping and length. Wheel travel: 130 mm
Front brake Double Ø320mm lightweight stainless steel floating discs. New M430 Brembo monobloc radial calipers with 4 opposed Ø30 mm pistons. Sintered pads. New radial master cylinder. Metal braided brake line.
Rear brake Ø220 mm disc. New Brembo floating caliper with 2 insulated Ø 32 mm pistons. Sintered pads. Master cylinder with integral reservoir. Metal braided brake line
ABS Multi-map Bosch 9MP ABS (3 maps selectable), deactivable and with RLM (Rear wheel Lift-up Mitigation).
Wheels Aprilia forged aluminum alloy rims, completely machined, 5 split spokes. Front:3.5”X17” Rear: 6.00”X17”
Front tire Radial tubeless - 120/70 ZR 17
Rear tire Radial tubeless - 200/55 ZR 17 (homologated option 190/50 ZR 17; 190/55 ZR 17)
Max. Length 80.3 in. (2040 mm)
Max. Width 29 in. (735 mm) at the handlebar
Max. Height 44 in. (1120 mm)
Seat height 33 in. (840 mm)
Dry weight 398 lbs (181 kg)
Fuel tank capacity 4.9 gal. (18,5 lt)
Warranty All 2014 and newer Aprilia Scooters include a 2-year unlimited-mileage warranty. *Limits are outlined in the warranty booklet. See dealer for details
Roadside Assistance 1 Free Year of Road Side Assistance provided by Road America.
Approval EPA and CARB
Price $20,499
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Aprilia Offers UK Buyers Of Aprilia RSV4 RF VIP Hospitality At Donington Park

Aprilia Offers UK Buyers Of Aprilia RSV4 RF VIP Hospitality At Donington Park

Ever wondered what it must feel like to be right smack in the middle of the action during a World Superbike race? Well, Aprilia’s giving you a chance to experience the proverbial rush of being close to the action at the Donington Park World Superbike round. All you have to do is put down a deposit on the manufacturer’s new RSV 4 RF superbike! Seems pretty easy, right?

It does come with a few conditions that unfortunately leaves us here in the US out of luck, but for our friends in the UK, the opportunity to experience the spectacle of a World Superbike race is now within reach. The expensive part is putting down that deposit and actually buying the bike, but if you’re really looking to get one, then you can be included in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

I did say there were conditions, right? Ok, the first one is that if you cancel your oder prior to attending the event, you immediately forfeit your chance to avail of the prize. It’s also non-transferable and applies only to the person who purchases the bike or drops a deposit at any authorised UK April retailer. The last condition is that transportation to and from Donington Park will come from your own pockets. If these conditions are applicable to you, then by all means, take up April on its offer and experience a World Superbike race right where the action is.

In addition to spending time in the pit garage, participants will also get a chance to meet Aprilia racer Leon Haslam, receive VIP hospitality, and score a handful of unique merchandise to celebrate the occasion.

The invitation is open to anyone but if you’re interested, you must put down a deposit before March 31, 2015.

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2014 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC ABS

2014 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC ABS

The Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC ABS is one of the most wanted supersport bikes from the market. And there is no wonder why, because it is equipped with state of the art technologies is reliable to the core and looks quite stunning.

The motorcycle is propelled by a 999.6 cc, V4 Longitudinal 65°, 4-stroke, liquid cooled engine with double overhead camshaft (DOHC) and four valves per cylinder. The unit cranks out a maximum power of 184 Hp (135,3 KW) At 12.500 Rpm and 86.2 Lb-Ft 117 Nm of torque at 10.000 Rpm, and is paired with a six speed cassette type gearbox.

The engine is combined with the aPRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) package which includes: aTC - Aprilia Traction Control, aWC - Aprilia Wheelie Control, aLC - Aprilia Launch Control and aQS - Aprilia Quick Shift.

Hit the jump for more information on the Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC ABS.

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2014 Aprilia RSV4 R APRC ABS

2014 Aprilia RSV4 R APRC ABS

With its sporty stance, modern technologies and great ergonomics, the Aprilia RSV4 R APRC ABS is ready to reward you with a fun riding experience every time you jump on its saddle.

The motorcycle is built around a strong 999.6 cc, V4 longitudinal 65°, 4-strokes, liquid cooled engine with double overhead camshaft (DOHC) and four valves per cylinder. The unit generates a maximum power of 184 Hp (135,3 KW) at 12.500 rpm and 86.2 Lb-Ft 117 Nm at 10.000 Rpm. All this power is kept in leash by a 6-speed cassette type gearbox with multiplate wet clutch with mechanical slipper system.

The aPRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) package comes as standard and includes: aTC: Aprilia Traction Control, aWC: Aprilia Wheelie Control, aLC: Aprilia Launch Control and aQS: Aprilia Quick Shift.

The Aprilia RSV4 R APRC ABS is priced at $15,499.

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2012 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE

2012 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE

The Aprilia RSV4 makes no compromise when it comes to agility. The motorcycle was designed to reward you with first class performance on the track but also on the road. It comes with a sporty style, modern technologies and a strong engine.

Talking about the engine, the RSV4 Factory APRC SE is equipped with a 65° V-4 unit which is combined Ride By Wire and multimap engine management. You also get adjustable traction control which is capable of self-adjusting to suit different types of tyres, wheelie control, launch control and quick shift.

The motorcycle is equipped with multi-adjustable suspensions, which consist of a front Öhlins Racing upside-down fork and a Öhlins Racing rear shock absorber developed from experience learned directly on the track. The rear shock features a piggy back nitrogen canister and adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping and length, allowing the height of the rear end of the bike to be altered to modify the set-up to suit different riding styles and tracks.


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2012 Aprilia RSV4 R APRC

2012 Aprilia RSV4 R APRC

The Aprilia RSV4 is now offered with the innovative APRC system. Apart from the APRC, the 2012 model has also received a raft of significant updates made to the engine.

The Aprilia RSV4 is powered by a sporty, narrow 65° V four-cylinder engine which is compact, liquid cooled and features double overhead camshafts (DOHC) and four valves per cylinder. The electronic management system is another example of the 65° V4 engine’s technological supremacy, while the full Ride-by-Wire technology eliminates any direct connection between the throttle grip and the throttle valves. The engine is mated on a smooth shifting six speed gearbox which is combined with a state of the art wet clutch.

The stopping power is assured by front dual 320-mm floating stainless steel discs with lightweight stainless steel rotors and aluminum flange with 6 pins and rear 220-mm discs grabbed by Brembo calipers.

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2012 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC

2012 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC

The 2012 RSV4 was born from Aprilia’s desire to develop a motorcycle that’s able to be a champion on the track but also on the road. Thereby it received the latest technologies from Aprilia and comes with first class ergonomics and features.

For the starters, is powered by a 65° V-4 engine which is the first unit of its kind ever used in a sports production bike. The unit is combined with Ride By Wire and multimap engine management, two features which help the bike deliver astonishing performance levels and excellent rideability.

We also like the unique adjustable traction control system which is capable of self-adjusting to suit different types of tyres, wheelie control, launch control or quick shift.

The 2012 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC is equipped with new, ultra-light forged aluminum rims wrapped in racing sized 200/55 ZR17 tyres that offer a excellent contact pattern in bends.

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2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC

2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC

The Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC earned its strong reputation after has dominated the world superbike championship. The bike was especially developed to be used on race tracks, but also on public roads and features a sporty look and a dynamic character.

At the heart of the Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC lies a 65° V-4 engine which is the first unit of its type ever seen in a sports production bike. The engine is offered with a multimap management and cranks out 180 HP at 12,250 rpm and 115 Nm at 10,000 rpm.

Other features offered for the 2013 Aprilia RSV4 are traction control, wheelie control, launch control, Aprilia Quick Shift, new exhaust and a dual display mode for instrument panel display - ROAD and RACE.

The 2013 model is offered with the same chassis and swingarm configuration as the previous generation. The company has also kept the multi-adjustable suspension and the chassis adjustments unchanged.

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2013 Aprilia RSV4 R APRC

2013 Aprilia RSV4 R APRC

The Aprilia RSV4 R APRC features a lot of high tech technologies which help it stay on top on the food chain when it comes to super sport motorcycles.

The cherry from the top is the advanced APRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) package, which is developed using Aprilia’s experience gathered on the race tracks.

But Aprilia RSV4 R APRC’s improvements are not limited to the electronic management system as the 65° V4 engine has also received improved lubrication and closer spaced gears for better acceleration.

To increase the Aprilia RSV4’s performances even more, Aprilia gave it a lighter exhaust which features an advanced butterfly valve management system to suit the Ride By Wire mapping for improved breathing and efficiency throughout the RPM range. The 2013 upgrades also include lighter wheels with three double-spokes.

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Video: Aprilia and the RSV4 pay tribute to the space shuttle

Video: Aprilia and the RSV4 pay tribute to the space shuttle

The Aprilia RSV4 has raced and been compared to a number of different things over the years so it’s a little refreshing that for a change, Aprilia USA is taking its competitive juices aside to pay tribute to the the of man’s greatest technological achievement: the space shuttle.

When the first shuttle mission launched back in 1981, it opened the gates for a golden age in technological advancements that coursed through various industries, including the automotive and motorcycle segments. The space shuttle program made so many things possible in this world and opened our eyes to a world full of never-before-though-of possibilities.

Now that the space shuttle is nearing its end, the folks over at Aprilia USA have released a pretty cool video paying tribute to the space shuttle program and all the men and women responsible for designing, building, and operating the very machine that made space travel possible.

As part of the video, Aprilia uses facts from both the space shuttle and their very own RSV4 superbike to note how the former set the precedent - in more ways than one - for the latter, and so many other machines, to become the technological marvels that they are in their own right.

It’s not so much a comparison video this time around for the RSV4, but more of Aprilia tipping their helmets off to one of mankind’s finest achievements as it makes its final voyage into the cosmos.

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Video: Aprilia RSV4 vs Nissan GT-R

Video: Aprilia RSV4 vs Nissan GT-R

Usually tests of this kind are made between two models from the same class. But this time the car put one next to each other a bike - the Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE and a sports car: theNissan GT-R.

The bike uses the most sophisticated set of performance-enhancing electronics ever fitted to a road legal motorcycle. The Nissan GT-R similarly relies on revolutionary electronic driver aids to set lap records the world over.

Both vehicles in this race are completely stock down to the tires and piloted by professional racers. The question is who do you think will win in the end? Make a guess and then watch the video to see if you were right. We only have to tell you that the lap times in this video are for real. Enjoy!

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2011 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC Special Edition

2011 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC Special Edition

Aprilia has brought a new limited edition RSV4 to the US market. Called the RSV4 Factory APRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) Special Edition, this special edition was developed using data from this year’s Superbike Championship and is equipped with a new electronic management system that includes traction control, wheelie control, launch control and quick shift.

The new bike is powered by a water cooled, 999cc, 65° V4 engine that develops 180 HP and 115 Nm of torque. The APRC package uses an automotive inertial platform with two turn meters and two accelerometers that enable the ECU to track dynamic conditions and adjust engine control consequently. The rider can adjust any component of the APRC system independently at will.

Also, the RSV4 Factory APRC SE is the first Aprilia bike that comes with the Aprilia Quick Shift as standard. Basically, the quick shift shortens spark advance for an instant and then gradually restores it, making for super-fast shifting with no need to close the throttle or use the clutch. The system works hand in hand with the new closer spaced gearbox to limit RPM drop during shifting for faster lap times.

Press release after the jump.

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Aprilia unveils RSV4 Max Biaggi Replica

Aprilia unveils RSV4 Max Biaggi Replica

With the occasion of Max Biaggi’s double win at the Monza WSBK round in Italy, Aprilia took the wraps off their all-new racing replica RSV4 superbike. The bike is destined for the racing track and can be used as an entry-level WSBK race machine as it offers a heck more performance over the production street version and also meets FIM regulations.

Claiming 200bhp and 92lb/ft of torque (that’s an impressive 20bhp and 7.4lb/ft over the production RSV4) from the 65-degree V4 motor, Aprilia sure seems to have done their homework when creating this proper Ducati Desmosedici RR competitor. But it is the ingenious stuff that makes the difference and in the case of the RSV4 Max Biaggi Replica this consists into: a six gear transmission with a multi-disk oil bath clutch with a mechanical anti-skipping system, ride-by-wire throttle control system, QuickShift assisted shifting, an Akrapovich 4-2-1 titanium exhaust and carbon fiber fairing.

All in all, the bike weighs in at 385.8 lbs (dry), which is definitely an achievement over the standard version’s 405.6 lbs. Still, we also have to mention the Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes and Marchesini forged magnesium alloy wheels before hitting you with the price - 50,000 euros (US$64,142). The clearly exclusive bike is available in Biaggi’s Alitalia Aprilia livery or bare carbon.

Gigi Dall’lgna, technical and sport manager of Aprilia Racing says:

“With the RSV4 Biaggi Replica we offer the sports enthusiast a motorcycle which is as close as you can get to the RSV4 that Max rides on the track in World Superbike. In this project, which was developed in parallel to our re-entry into SBK, we poured out all of our knowledge and years of experience on tracks all over the world. This is the bike which came out of it, conceived and developed within Aprilia Racing to offer unique sensations to the shrewd user.”

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2010 Aprilia RSV4 R

2010 Aprilia RSV4 R

Aprilia initially thought at the RSV4 R superbike as to an affordable version of the RSV4 Factory and ended up calling it “the world’s most exclusive motorcycle.” While we cannot agree with the Italian motorcycle manufacturer on that matter as their Factory model is obviously the uncompromising and much more expensive motorcycle (which is precisely what makes it exclusive), we do like the fact that performance figures haven’t been reduced and they still managed to offer it for a $16K price tag.

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2010 Aprilia RSV4 Factory

2010 Aprilia RSV4 Factory

When hearing the words Italian supersports motorcycle, most people think at the Ducati Desmosedici RR, but the Aprilia RSV4 Factory is a new bike with its own plan for success. Resuming, it is powered by a 1000cc V-four engine developing 180 horsepower and 115 Nm, while weighing in at 394.6 lbs dry.

We do thrust Italians when it comes to engine performance and weight reduction although style is what makes their rides stand out immediately and the RSV4 Factory makes no exception. So this is pretty much an exotic superbike with the performance to match its looks. Read more after the jump.

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Aprilia RSV4 & Klara go straight to the heart

Aprilia RSV4 & Klara go straight to the heart

You really can’t compare a woman’s beauty with that of a motorcycle, but when we saw the pictures of the Aprilia RSV4 and Klara, we thought it’s at least worth giving it a try. The first has a strong heart of 180 beats at 12,500 rpm, it was born in 2009 and benefits of no less than 115 Nm of torque. The second measures 83-60-90, 5.7ft and it is 19 years old.

Yes, that’s an awful comparison indeed, but we’re happy to see we cannot say the same thing about these pictures showing both “characters” together. Enjoy!

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Leon Camier completes the 2010 Aprilia WSBK team

Leon Camier completes the 2010 Aprilia WSBK team

After Max Biaggi was recently confirmed for an additional WSBK season with Aprilia, the Italian bike manufacturer issued a release saying that 23-year-old British racing rider Leon Camier has joined Aprilia’s SBK team for the 2010 season. It seems that Aprilia was more than satisfied with Camier’s results on the RSV4 during the last race of the season at Portimao, where he obtained place sixth and seventh, as well as by the post-race tests on the Portuguese circuit. Their final decision completes the team for the 2010 WSBK Championship.

Leon Camier was born in Ashford on 4 August 1986, won the British 125 cc championship title in 2001 and made his world debut in the 125 class in 2003. He then got into four-stroke bike competitions and won the 2005 British Supersport title. Following this achievement was his 2007 debut in the British Superbike championship, which was an unfortunate one because of a serious crash that caused Camier to be placed eight overall. 2008 saw him finishing the championship in fifth place and in 2009 he won detached the British Superbike championship title with 18 first-place victories out of 26 races and three second places. This British rider’s racing trajectory propelled him to compete in the Magny Cours meeting and the last race of the season at Portimao in Portugal and, finally, to becoming Max Biaggi’s teammate.

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2010 Aprilia RSV4-R is cheaper than you might think

2010 Aprilia RSV4-R is cheaper than you might think

Knowing about the existence of the Aprilia RSV4 Factory and actually hearing about an “R version” that the Italian company has prepared for next year, you tend to ask yourself how did they possibly transform the supersport motorcycle into an even faster two-wheeler destined for the track, one well worth of the extra “R” in its name. The fact is that the new Aprilia RSV4-R, which will be unveiled this weekend during the twelfth round of the FIM Superbike World Championship scheduled to take place on the Imola Circuit in Italy, is actually a budget version of the original RSV4 and the only thing confusing is simply the name.

Starting from the initial model, Aprilia has taken the all-new RSV4 through a process of removing all the expensive parts and replacing them with much cheaper ones. As a result, the fully-adjustable Ohlins front and rear suspension is gone and it is expected that so will be the carbon fibre fairing and lightweight wheels.

Overall, the 2010 Aprilia RSV4-R will weigh more and not be able to go as fast around bends as its much more expensive brother, but cost $19,600. Considering that this is a bike that buyers will most likely purchase for road use, we don’t think they’ll miss the ultra-expensive parts much and yet definitely appreciate the price.

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Aprilia Tuono V4 & RSV4 R spy shots reveal important details

Aprilia Tuono V4 & RSV4 R spy shots reveal important details

The friends at MCN got their hands on the spy shots of the new Aprilia Tuono V4 and RSV4 R models and it looks like the bikes are very close to being launched. Both have been spotted during tests undergone on the Mugello track in Italy.

Although none of the two bikes is revolutionary, both being based on the Aprilia RSV 4 Factory, these photos reveal a few essential details.

The RSV 4 R model will follow his RSV 1000 R sibling, meaning that it will have cheaper parts than on the Factory. Affordability was a priority and, given the fact that the RSV 4 Factory now costs around $18,000, we can expect the R model to compete with the 2010 BMW S1000RR.

In order to reduce costs, Aprilia goes for Showa suspension instead of Ohlins, less exotic rims and gives up to different carbon fiber bits and pieces, but do manage to retain the Brembo monoblock calipers.

The Aprilia Tuono V4 carries on the tradition of the naked models built at the Noale factory, meaning that it features stripped bodywork, straight handlebar and a strange looking headlight.

Given the fact that this year’s Paris Moto Show was canceled and the next Intermot edition in Germany is scheduled to take place in 2010, the Italians are left with an only option to launch the new models: EICMA 2009.

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2009 Aprilia RSV4 Factory

2009 Aprilia RSV4 Factory

We rarely get to see an entirely new and truly amazing addition to the supersport category, but the year 2009 has been very bountiful from this point of view and, at least now, nobody has reasons to complain. While Japan carried on the refinement side, manufacturers in Europe concentrated on adding new, fierce competitors to challenge the old square in Japan. Ducati was already a strong player on the market, BMW introduced their all-new and extremely potent S 1000 RR and Aprilia comes with a unique recipe for success, one that is resumed by the RSV4 Factory model name.

Features such as the new 65-degree V4 engine displacing 999.6cc and the new ride-by-wire engine management system as well as the multi-adjustable perimetral aluminum alloy frame and Öhlins Racing suspension are sure to position the 2009 Aprilia RSV4 Factory on a well-deserved place in the top three greatest liter bikes on the market today.

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Aprilia RSV4 Factory promotional video

Aprilia RSV4 Factory promotional video

The RSV4 is being launched this week so Aprilia releases the promotional video of their all-new superbike just so that they have some track action to play on and on again at the world launch.

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Aprilia taking online orders for their RSV4

Aprilia taking online orders for their RSV4

Ordering an Aprilia RSV4 can be as easy as checking your mail as long as you’ve got a great will to buy one and £2000 for a down payment. It’s really that easy. All that future owners have to do is go to the Aprilia RSV4 dedicated webside and place their orders. Then, they have to make a £2000 deposit at the local dealer and count the days until their new acquisition arrives.

All those interested should hurry up as the first 10 RSV4s already have names on them. It seems that the much awaited Italian bike brings that refreshing feel of a totally different engine (at least that’s what we think it sells best).

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Aprilia RSV4 Factory will make it to the US

Aprilia RSV4 Factory will make it to the US

Piaggio Group USA President and CEO Paolo Timoni told Hell for Leather how the Aprilia RSV4 will eventually be sold in the United States during the final quarter of 2009. Although first revealed last September, Aprilia’s 180bhp, 85lb/ft, 179 kg (dry) superbike barely makes it for the 2009 introduction and mostly because of SBK homologation requirements. Accordingly to these, a returning manufacturer must build at least 250 units for initial homologation and 1000 units by June of the first year in racing and that’s precisely the scenario we’re witnessing.

Independently of their motives for introducing the Factory version of the RSV4 till the end of the year, we’re extremely happy to find a potent European contender going against the dominating Japanese crowd.

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Aprilia RSV4 official racing colors

Aprilia RSV4 official racing colors

Aprilia has just presented the final graphic version of their RSV4 superbike that will debut in the World Superbike Championship this weekend. As seen, Aprilia makes an entry on the WSBK scene without the help of a main sponsor so the fairing displays the traditional colors of the Italian company, the most visible logos being RSV4 and Aprilia.

Recent test have shown that the new Italian V4 is capable of great performances and with the help of Shinya Nakano and Max Biaggi, the Noale house aims towards as much presences on the podium as possible.

We wish them the best of luck!

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Aprilia undergoes wind tunnel tests. Shinya Nakano helps.

Aprilia undergoes wind tunnel tests. Shinya Nakano helps.

It is now less than a month until the WSB championship will debut on March 1st and the factory Aprilia World Superbike team makes the final optimizing of their all new Aprilia RSV4 basing on the wind tunnel results.

Aprilia race technicians are trying to find ways of improving both bike and rider aerodynamics in the 2009 racing season and, obviously, they needed a rider. So who better (for the moment) to tuck into RSV4’s fairing than Shinya Nakano? The Japanese rider spend a day in the wind tunnel at the Department of Industrial engineering at the University of Perugia, Italy and has shared his impressions.

Nakano said: "It has been a very positive and interesting experience and I was impressed by the ability of engineers and the staff at the University of Perugia.

"We conducted several tests on my riding position, making the last little adjustments to obtain the best possible aerodynamics. The data that we collected will work to bring new solutions during the course of the season.

"I have to say that the current aerodynamics of the RSV4 are already good and did not need any immediate action.”

Max Biaggi will follow on February 10th.

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Shinya Nakano to race for Aprilia in 2009

Shinya Nakano to race for Aprilia in 2009

Shinya Nakano now completes Aprilia’s team for the 2009 World Superbike Championship after signing a contract for 2009 with the possibility to carry over to 2010. The event took place yesterday after the racer visited the Racing Department of Noale. Apparently, that wasn’t a tough decision to take as the idea of racing side by side with Max Biaggi thrills Nakano.

Press release after the break

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First official video of the 2009 Aprilia RSV4

First official video of the 2009 Aprilia RSV4

Taking in consideration what Aprilia go us accustomed with, this is a pretty lame video that doesn’t reflect RSV’s true racing abilities. Part of the freshly launched micro-site for the RSV4, the new ad is suppose to make as fan of the bike before it even starts racing in the Superbike World Championship, but I consider that these new pics do more than the video.

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Spy shooting at Mugello reveals the Aprilia RSV 4

Spy shooting at Mugello reveals the Aprilia RSV 4

Keeping an eye on the Mugello circuit seemed to be an inspired idea as Aprilia has finally came out to test the RSV 4, a heavily bragged about supersport motorcycle, especially after its first official presentation last February at the International Piaggio Group Convention in Milan.

This is actually the street version of the RSV 4 superbike being tested on the Italian track by an also Italian pilot, Fabrizio Pellizzon. As you can see, it looks 99% ready to hit the streets with its new design kit, and a very important feature that distinguishes a race bike from a street legal one, the headlights. They have received their final shape, leaving us anxiously expecting the first official pictures from the EICMA show in Roma on the 21st of September.

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