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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.

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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
Fuel Unleaded Petrol
Bore and stroke 78 x 52.3 mm
Total engine capacity 999.6 cc
Compression ratio 13.6:1
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
Starting Electrical
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.
Envisaged adjustments:

  • headstock position and rake
  • engine height
  • swingarm pin height

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.

Source: Aprilia

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  • Agent55

    Even with all these awesome new models being released, the Aprilia might still be my first choice. Between the hugely increased power output, and being the only V4 on the superbike-market, it’s still among the coolest options out there.

  • Jake F.

    Beautiful bike. Only the Panigale looks better, I think.

  • Philip

    Agree with you Agent55, the R1 and H2 are hideous and even the Honda RC feels vanilla. Pity Aprilia didn’t remove the central light and made it a central ram air intake.

  • Mugello 123

    Beautiful bike, no question, but I don’t understand where the hp should come from. They claimed about 184hp with the now old RSV4 and none and I mean really none of them had more than 175hp, rather less. Therefore on a typical track day here in Europe you can usually see just a few, which is actually very sad for such a brilliant bike. Therefore I guess the 201hp are wishful thinking and a lot of marketing.

  • @ Mugello .. considering the WSBK model makes 230+ HP achieving 201 doesn’t seem all that hard.. Add titanium parts, new intake system, cams and lighter valves + more revs.. Awesome bike!

  • Renn

    200bhp!

    I am already worried about my licence with my 13′ Fireblade! Wow 200bhp must be something else.

    The V4 is my favorite engine configuration.

    I like the new R1 and I am sorry it doesn’t have the 200bhp this has.

    Looking forward to test riding both.

  • Rob

    I would love an engineer’s interview with exactly how they’ve achieved 16hp more from the same mill. I was expecting it to get the new 1100V4’s 81mm bore with a shortened stroke (to stay at 999cc) and rev it higher to make the power. 16HP is a huge amount to gain from friction reduction from what was already an amazing machine. I’d imagine cylinder head port shape has changed to get that kind of power.

  • lucas

    this and ducati best looking superbikes on the market at the moment , new R1 looks so bad what they have been thinking . same goes with kawasaki looks awful , what a shame .

  • Ian John

    all these efficiency improvements, i want. Though i hope it equates to using less fuel than a large family sedan…..

  • Jaybond

    The new R1 will smoke this bike.Period.

  • Nice

    Now this bike looks proper!!! I was waiting for them to tame back that center nose. It looked like catfish wiskers sticking out by the center headlight. Glad they made the nose more flush. I can care less about the extra HP. Even 120HP is more than enough for all of you neophliacs on this site!

  • Nice

    Best looking motorcycle superbikes so far barnone. 2015 PanigaleR and this 2015 RSV4RR. Everything else doesn’t stand a chance in the looks dept.

  • Jaybond

    This is still basically a 5 year old design. Yamaha at least brave enough with the fresh & bold looking new R1.

  • Roadrash

    OMG, Now I feel sorry for Yamaha LOL, big time, so sad, wah wah wah-I feel tears coming on. The Aprillia rocks! Should be a good battle this year, oh wait…is the Yamaha going to be raced in WSBK…no…well then, who cares lol. Aprillia rocks! Opps, thought for a minute I was posting on the Yamaha bike. The Honda looks like crapola, not good.

  • bt

    The new one looks cool, but outdated compared to the current one. Headlights look like from 10 years ago. Interesting, the current looks fresher, like a facelift of the new one. Anyway, still best looking bike and coolest engine concept.

  • Roadrash

    Please excuse the above post by me as I was very scatter brained at the time, lol.

  • MikeD

    @Philip:

    +1 on the central RamAir duct in place of current headlite.

    @Rob:

    I second the interview idea. Usually i just care about engines. Sad but true.

    On a side note: I would literally lick the welds on the frame between the main spars and the A arms that hug the engine. It looks like a really well laid bead of silver silicone. if those welds are not hand made then those are some bad ass welding robots they got at the plant. (^_^)

  • Todd

    @Jaybond

    Quote “The new R1 will smoke this bike.Period.”

    Yeah, just like it did in 2014 World Super Bike.

  • Danny

    “Yeah, just like it did in 2014 World Super Bike.”
    Yamaha literally doesn’t even compete in it……..They kick it in motogp though.

    I still think Aprilia has it all. I wish that I could afford a superbike :(

  • Matterafact

    This and the Panigale are the only beautiful sportbikes period.
    Properly pretty Machines

  • Steve Cole

    Well, this is all from a year ago now… but Aprilia really did deliver with these bikes. The bikes are a really big evolution from the original designs.