A New Aprilia RSV4 for 2014?

02/09/2012 @ 4:34 pm, by Jensen Beeler15 COMMENTS

It seems a bit silly to be talking about the 2014 model year when we are only into our second month of 2012. However, such is the case today because a certain Max Biaggi let it slip during the Aprilia Racing Team’s World Superbike presentation that 2012 would be the penultimate season for the Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC. Adding that Aprilia would not be developing its race bike for the 2013 season, the signs would seemingly indicate that a new liter bike model from the Italian manufacturer is on the horizon for 2014.

Debuting in 2009, the Aprilia RSV4 would certainly be due for a revamp and upgrade in the next two years, which makes this rumor at least plausible, if not already presumable. Keep in mind, Aprilia let the RSV1000R run for six years before bringing out the RSV4, and before that, the RSV Mille had a pleasant five-year run of things. If we can take the production runs of those two bikes as any sort of indication from Aprilia, 2014 seems like the sweetspot on the RSV4’s lifecycle.

Already boasting some of the best electronics in the superbike market and a still impressive 180hp, its hard to imagine what changes Aprilia could make to the RSV4 in its next revision (assuming of course the RSV4 designation remains even). A power boost to keep up with the 195hp Ducati 1199 Panigale is surely something that can be expected, along with any number of technical wiz-bang features that we’ve seen trickle into the market segment. Electronically-adjustable suspension? ABS? LED headlamps? Unicorn tear dispensers? Only time will tell.

2012 Aprilia RSV4 Factory in WSBK-Spec:

Source: Two Wheels Blog

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  • MikeD

    2014 u said ? Still a long way, wake me up by then…maybe i’ll be filthy rich by then and able to afford one of these beasts.

  • TonyS

    Anyone else notice that they both have two different boots on each foot?

  • MikeD

    Looks like is suposed to be like that…(0_O)? Fashion Statement while riding at the same time ?! LOL.

  • RGR

    Unicorn tear dispensers on superbikes would be awesome. Wish my MV had that. Leave it to Aprilia to add them first.

  • RSVDan

    I’m hoping for automatic butt wipers.

  • Westward

    Rossi and Lorenzo wear different colour boots also. It represents a duality. For Rossi, it is the Sun and the Moon, hence the yellow and the blue. To Lorenzo, it is the Devil and the Angel, therefore the red and the white. Notice Spies did not follow suit at Yamaha…

    As for the Aprilia WSBK pilots, it simply looks better in their estimation. Personally, I agree.

    Though Laverty should go with a red glove, if he wants to be consistent with that trend. Unless he is following more in the vain of Rossi, which in that case, it is fine as is…

    All pilots mentioned are exceptional riders. It would only be comical is they weren’t so good…

  • So next year if all goes via the EICMA will love :)

  • BBQdog

    I want a RS4-250, I want a RS4-250, I want a RS4-250 …..

    New one ?? I know dealers over here who got 10 on stock one year ago and still got 7 left.

  • Mark

    I think all this bike needs is a cosmetic makeover (MV Agusta F3 like), slightly more power ( for the spec sheet buyers) and LED lighting with some added electronic gizmos for the same price, and they’ll have another winner.

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