The guys at the Aprilia Forum have gotten word that the 2011 Aprilia RSV4 will get an 8hp power increase, bringing the 999cc V4 motor to a total claimed output of 186hp. Also as expected by us back in June, the 2011 Aprilia RSV4 will see the introduction of Aprilia’s traction control system (ATC). The 2011 Aprilia RSV4 will make its extra horsepower by raising the cylinder compression ratio via high compression pistons, and using a different timing chains. Other changes include a different exhaust can (smaller), and gearing changes (taller: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, shorter: 4th, 5th, 6th, with a larger 42 tooth rear sprocket).
This news comes on the heels of information about the 2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200, which uses the same Aprilia Traction Control system, as well as ABS brakes. While the company from Noale sees fit to equip the Dorsoduro with ABS, it looks like they will refrain from following the path of Honda and BMW, and opt not to put ABS on the 2011 Aprilia RSV4.
It’s not clear if this decision is based on philosophy about ABS and sportbikes, pricing concerns, or simply because Ducati hasn’t done it before them.
Source: AF1 Aprilia Forum