2017 Aprilia RSV4 RR Gets More Updates

10/04/2016 @ 1:19 am, by Jensen Beeler10 COMMENTS


The 2017 Aprilia RSV4 RR is the first bike to debut at this year’s INTERMOT show in Cologne, Germany. For the Italian brand, it is evolution, not revolution for its venerable superbike, with the Aprilia RSV4 getting some more bits and bobs for the 2017 model year.

The key items of note are improved suspension and braking pieces, as well as an updated electronics package, which includes cornering ABS. Of course, Euro 4 emissions compliance is part of the package as well, something will see en masse this year at INTERMOT as it becomes mandatory for all models.

The engineers in Noale have been hard at work though to keep the RSV4 at the pointy end of things, with the 2017 Aprilia RSV4 RR still making a claimed 201hp and 84.8 lbs•ft at the crank.

This was accomplished by raising the redline of the Aprilia RSV4 RR by 300 rpm. Aprilia has also done away with its variable timing intake ducts (a 500g savings), deeming them unnecessary now with the updated APRC electronics package.

Several internal changes have been made to the engine, including lighter pistons and a number of friction-reducing treatments. A linear sensor has also been added to the gearbox, which aids in the new quick-shifting functions for upshifts and downshifts.

For 2017, the Aprilia RSV4 RR also gets magnesium external housings, along with magnesium oil sump and head covers, which were previously only on the RF model of the machine.

On the chassis side of the equation, the 2017 Aprilia RSV4 RR has a bevy of adjustments to the frame and motor positions, which includes the engine position in the frame, the headstock angle, the swingarm pivot, and the rear end height. The updated Sachs suspension is fully adjustable as well, of course.

A slew of electronic changes have been made to the 2017 Aprilia RSV4 RR, with virtually every system touched by the engineers in Noale. The 2017 Aprilia Performance Ride Control (APRC) package now includes the following, according to Aprilia:

  • New ATC: Aprilia Traction Control, adjustable on the fly, (without having to release the throttle) to 8 settings, as well as disabled, thanks to a practical joystick, now even more fine-tuned logic for higher performance operation.
  • New AWC: Aprilia Wheelie Control, adjustable to 3 levels, also well as disabled, receives more precise operating strategies thanks to the repositioning of the inertial platform. Wheelie control can now be adjusted on the fly without closing the throttle, like the ATC, thanks to the new and more practical left side electric block.
  • New ALC: Aprilia Launch Control, for use on the track only, with 3 settings, more effective with new operating strategies.
  • New AQS: Aprilia Quick Shift, the electronic gearbox that allows shifting without closing the throttle and without using the clutch, now adds the capability of clutchless downshifting.
  • New APL: Aprilia Pit Limiter lets you select and limit the top speed allowed in pit lane at the track or simply to make it easier to comply with posted speed limits on the road.
  • New ACC: Aprilia Cruise Control. The new electronic management allows an advanced cruise control system to be introduced, convenient on long trips, letting rider maintain the set speed without touching the throttle.

Riders will also benefit from Aprilia’s collaboration with Bosch to bring the Bosch MSC package to the RSV4 – better known as cornering ABS. This should help keep the 2017 Aprilia RSV4 RR at the pointy end of the superbike battle with consumers.

No word yet on pricing for the US market, though Aprilia assures us that we will see the 2017 Aprilia RSV4 RR in the USA next year.



Source: Aprilia

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  • Bill W

    If it has the Bosch MSC, then that means multi-axis IMU and full advanced rider aids, not just cornering ABS, right? It’s hard to tease out since the RSV 4 already had a pretty full suite of electronics. But if true, this should put it back at the top of the heap for rider aids with something similar to the 2015+ S1000RR with more modes. I promised myself I would get the Suzi or the Yam for the better support, but now this….please let that R6 be everything it’s hyped to be. Or better still, Let Triumph release the 800 as a Daytona (#pipedream) with all of the computer bells and whistles. As soon as someone besides MV releases a middle weight with everything, I’m in. If not, I guess I’m a superbike rider…

  • Lowflying

    Ha. It’s got pillion pegs. Why? Who in their right mind would get on the back of that? And if they would, surely not a second time!

    Looks cool, but I guess we’re at the stage where superbikes are all smartphones on wheels…I guess the next generation needs to find their own way to kid themselves they are “safe”. I wonder how the electronics will help when you when you run up the back of a truck at 3 times the speed limit? Or overcook a corner – beyond a certain point, electronics can’t override physics, or inexperience, or overconfidence, or, blah, blah, blah, I’m getting boring aren’t I? This thing in the hands of your average road rider is like upgrading Dennis the Menace’s slingshot to an M16.

    But, ya, this thing looks awesome.

    Donning flamesuit now.

  • Surya De

    Hell yes! Love the updates to the already spectacular machine! Now I need to save up and get my second RSV4 and make it ready for trackage!! Woooot!!!

    On another note is the improved suspension courtesy of Ohlins TTX2s? Also man that exhaust can is nasty but nothing Austin Racing can’t sort out I hope!

  • Statement Plus

    Any Superbike for the last 15 years will not protect an average rider from a crash on the street, regardless of electronic aids. The only aid that will help the average rider on the street is ABS in case of a emergency braking situation.

    The other rider aids are for average riders to brag to their friends about at the pub, and more importantly, to cater to the racers and trackday warriors that actually exploit the aids to make them rider faster and safer.

    A fast amateur racer and all the pros use aids these days to go faster. Most notably, the quickshifter alone (up and down now) can shave a few tenths, and also reduce fatigue throughout a race. Launch control can give you consistent excellent starts, and wheelie control means you don’t need to do all this fancy clutch/rear brake work (at least not as much) while you accel hard out of tight turns. All that adds up to tenths here and there. But yes, for an average street day guy, electronic aids is just more bragging rights, that’s it. Every rider who buys a SBK for the street does it for style, looks and bragging rights, that’s it, and those same reasons have stood since SBKs were invented.

  • Superlight

    Nothing wrong with the MV besides a lack of dealers.

  • Superlight

    No one is forcing you to buy a Superbike, but don’t complain about those who want them.

  • BBQdog

    Still waiting for an Aprilia RS4 250.
    Or a RS4 550 …


    Wonder if they addressed the issues with the valves & gearboxes that are plaguing many RSV4’s.

  • MrDefo

    Beautiful, of course. And they have clutchless upshift AND downshift. Excellent, can’t wait to hear how this new bike performs. *starts looking in couch for change*

  • I’d buy a 550 in a heartbeat…knowing full well that it’d only last 100 miles down the road.