The Aprilia RSV4 is set to go on sale soon this summer in Europe, and later in the year here in the US. As such, details about the bike are starting to emerge, as well as a plethora of promotional materials. Continue reading for the official technical specifcations of the RSV4, and pictures from its press only track debut.
The bike’s motor is a 999.6 cc 65° V-four cylinder engine producing a claimed 180 hp. It uses a ride-by-wire multimap system, a sophisticated electronic injection system with two injectors, adjustable geometry chassis, which allows adjustable inclination of the headstock – even the height of the swingarm pin and engine can be changed.
Öhlins Racing forks, rear monoshock and steering damper, suspend the machine, while Brembo monobloc calipers and forged aluminium rims do their stuff at the business end.
Aprilia says the RSV4 Factory’s extreme compactness is its strength. The narrowness of the engine allows for a very oversquare bore/stroke ratio, and Aprilia claims the new engine design can rev beyond 14,000rpm. All valve covers and external housings are made from magnesium. The V4 is even more compact than the V60 Magnesium twin mounted on the RSV 1000 R. A countershaft dampens vibrations even more than in a 90° V engine. The crankcase is a monobloc configuration with integrated cylinder liners for maximum rigidity and consistent performance.
The fuel supply uses two injectors per cylinder: one injector is placed downstream of the throttle valve and a “shower” injector is placed in the airbox and starts working at high loads and revs. The technological excellence of the V4 engine is complemented by electronically controlled variable length intake ducts. At low revs and loads, the long duct favours torque and smooth power delivery. When top performance is required, the upper part of the intake duct raises, thus shortening the duct and leaving the engine free to express its full power potential. A butterfly valve in the exhaust further optimises power delivery.
A cassette style gearbox and multiplate wet clutch with a mechanical slipper system transmits drive to the rear wheel.
Aprilia RSV4 Specifications:
Engine capacity: 999.6 cc
Architecture: 65° V4
Power: 180 HP (132.4 kW) at 12,500 rpm Crankcase: monobloc with integrated cylinder liners
Timing system: 4 valves per cylinder (Titanium and Nymonic) operated directly by a camshaft driven by a mixed chain/gear system (lateral timing chain, central gear train)
Fuel system: Magneti Marelli electronic injection with 2 injectors per cylinder and integrated independent Ride by Wire system for each bank. Three mappings selectable from handlebar. Electronically controlled variable length intake ducts
Maximum rpm: 14,100 rpm
Compression ratio: 13:1
Transmission: 6-speed direct-control cassette gearbox
Clutch: multiplate wet clutch with mechanical slipper system
Exhaust system: 4 into 2 into 1 headers with oxygen sensor and single silencer with integrated catalytic converter and butterfly valve.
Dimensions (default settings) Max. length: 2040 mm
Max. width: 735 mm (at the handlebar)
Max. height: 1120 mm
Min. height from the ground: 130 mm
Saddle height: 845 mm
Centre to centre distance: 1420 mm
Trail: 105 mm
Steering angle: 24.5°
Kerb weight 179 kg *
Tank 17 litres (4-litre reserve included)
*Dry weight, without battery and fluids.
Aprilia RSV4 Accessories:
Akrapovic racing exhaust system Öhlins TTX36 rear shock absorber Adjustable footpegs Racing half-handlebars Fairing protection pads High top fairing Fairing caps for rear mirrors Rear stand pins Licence plate retainer cover Motorcycle cover Dedicated stand Carbon heelrests Tank cover with backpack Tail fairing bag Carbon exhaust system protection Carbon fairing pullers.