Details of the Aprilia RSV4 RR have finally surfaced, and it seems the folks at Noale have not been resting on their laurels, having just won the 2014 World Superbike Championship. As such, the 2015 Aprilia RSV4 RR makes a cool 201hp from its 999cc V4 engine, with peak torque coming in at 84.81 lbs•ft at 10,500 rpm.
Not only does the 2015 Aprilia RSV4 RR make 16hp more than its predecessor, but it’s also three pounds lighter (1.5kg). Aprilia says the power gains come from reducing internal frictions, improving combustion efficiency, and fluid dynamic efficiencies. These changes allow the RSV4 RR to rev higher than before, and thus make more power.
The airbox has also be redesigned, new fuel injectors have been added, and the variable air ducts were given a greater range of motion. Aprilia also boasts that the RSV4 RR is the first street bike to have dedicated servo units actuating the two throttle bodies of each bank, which allows the throttle valves and the quantity of fuel injected, to be controlled independently.
Helping make that possible is Aprilia’s advanced electronics package, APRC, which has also been updated for 2015 into a second-generation system. Titanium valves, lighter con-rods, new gear ratios, and a new exhaust system complete the mechanical changes.
While the RSV4 RR looks much like its predecessor, Aprilia says that the front-end of the bike has been completely redesigned. The front fairing gives more protection to the wind than before, there are LED parking lights in the three headlight design, and the mirrors are all new as well.
The swingarm has been lengthened by 14mm, though the rest of the chassis remains untouched. However, Aprilia’s chassis allows for a great deal of adjustment, and from the factory the engine will now be set at the lowest height adjustment setting, for better weight centralization.
For riders who are looking for more from their machine, the Aprilia Race Pack adds Öhlins suspension, and aluminum forged wheels, for an added cost of course.
Technical Specifications of the 2015 Aprilia RSV4 RR
|Engine type||Aprilia longitudinal 65° V4 cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid cooled engine with dual overhead cam (DOHC) and four valves per cylinder|
|Bore and stroke||78 x 52.3 mm|
|Total engine capacity||999.6 cc|
|Maximum power at crankshaft||201 HP (148 kW) at 13,000 rpm|
|Maximum torque at crankshaft||115 Nm at 10.500 rpm|
|Fuel system||Airbox with front dynamic air intakes. Variable-height intake ducts controlled by engine control unit; 4 Marelli 48 mm throttle bodies with 8 injectors and latest-generation Ride-by-Wire technology.Choice of three different engine maps selectable by the rider with bike in motion: T (Track), S (Sport), R (Race)|
|Ignition||Magneti Marelli digital electronic ignition system integrated in engine control system, with one spark plug per cylinder and “stick-coil”-type coils|
|Exhaust||4 into 2 into 1 layout, two oxygen sensors, lateral single silencer with ECU-controlled bypass valve and integrated trivalent catalytic converter (Euro 3)|
|Alternator||Flywheel mounted 450 W alternator with rare earth magnets|
|Lubrication||Wet sump lubrication system with oil radiator and two oil pumps (lubrication and cooling)|
|Gearbox||6-speed cassette type gearbox1st: 39/15 (2.600)2nd: 33/16 (2.063)3rd: 34/20 (1.700)
4th: 31/21 (1.476)
5th: 31/23 (1.348)
6th: 34/27 (1.259)
Gear lever with Aprilia Quick Shift electronic system (aQS)
|Clutch||Multi-disc oil-bath, with mechanical slipper system|
|Primary drive||Straight cut gears and integrated flexible coupling, drive ratio: 73/44 (1.659)|
|Secondary drive||Chain: Drive ratio: 41/16 (2.5625)|
|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.|
|Frame||Aluminium dual beam chassis with pressed and cast sheet elements.
Non adjustable Sachs steering damper
[Adjustable Öhlins steering damper]
|Front suspension||Sachs Fork with 43 mmÆ stanchions. Low profile forged aluminium radial calliper mounting bracket. Adjustable spring preload and hydraulic compression and rebound damping. Wheel travel: 120 mm|
|Rear suspension||Double braced aluminium swingarm; mixed low thickness and sheet casting technology.Sachs monoshock adjustable in: hydraulic in rebound and compression, spring preload, wheelbase length. APS progressive linkages. Wheel travel 130 mm|
|Brakes||Front: Dual 320-mm diameter floating stainless steel disc with lightweight stainless steel rotor and aluminium flange with 6 pins. Brembo M430 monobloc radial callipers with 4 Æ 30 mm opposing pistons. Sintered pads. Radial pump and metal braided brake hose|
|Rear: 220 mm diameter disc; Brembo calliper with two Æ 32 mm separate pistons. Sintered pads. Pump with integrated tank and metal braided hoseBosch 9MP ABS, adjustable to 3 maps equipped with RLM (Rear wheel Lift-up Mitigation) (can be disabled).
|Wheel rims||Aprilia aluminium alloy rims with 3 split spokes.Front: 3.5”X17”Rear: 6”X17”|
|Tyres||Radial tubeless.Front: 120/70 ZR 17Rear: 200/55 ZR 17 (alternative: 190/50 ZR 17; 190/55 ZR 17)|
|Dry weight||180 kg*|
|Fuel tank||18.5 litres (4-litre reserve included)|
*Dry weight, without battery and fluids.
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