While the 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC may look like the same dominant superbike that has been blowing the doors off at bike shootouts, but the company from Noale has made some subtle changes to its V4 street weapon, the most noticeable of which is a three-level dual-channel ABS system from Bosch. The ABS unit can be completely disengaged, should a rider feel it necessary to retain the ability to lock-up the newly added Brembo M430/M50 calipers (the same brake calipers as the Ducati 1199 Panigale), and brings the Aprilia RSV4 in-line with its other liter-bike competitors.
While Aprilia could have stopped there and called things a day, the Italian brand has made further changes to the Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC’s stock engine placement in the chassis, as well as other refinements in the RSV4’s exhaust and ECU. The result is a lower center of gravity, and a mild boost in peak horsepower and mid-range torque, which brings the revised RSV4 Factory up to 181.4hp at the crank and 86.3 lbs•ft of peak torque @ 10,500 rpm.
The RSV4’s APRC electronics package has also been improved upon, and continues to be the envy of the sport biking world. While accommodating the Bosch ABS control unit, the ergonomics of the 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC were altered and improved, and additionally the fuel tank capacity was increased from 17 liter to 18.5 liters (4.88 gallons).
No word yet on availability and pricing in North America, but the 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC is stickered with a €22,790 price tag at INTERMOT (up from €22,390), which could signal a mild price increase for the added braking and chassis refinements if/when it comes to the USA & Canada. More info as we get it.