New Aprilia RSV4 RR and RSV4 RF

Aprilia have just released updated versions of its successful 1000cc RSV4 superbike in two model forms. Like most manufacturers, Aprilia have also opted to release an updated superbike along with a more refined race-orientated version, named the RF.

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The new RSV4 RR now has more power and less weight. With a claimed output of 201hp and 1.5kg’s less than the previous version, the new RSV4 has also hit the 200hp benchmark of 2015. There have been incremental changes across the whole design of the bike, from a revised swingarm to new, more aerodynamic fairings. (Below are the specifications).

The RF model, pictured below, features a revised APRC electronics package, the Aprilia race package, which includes Brembo brakes and Öhlins suspension, as well as forged aluminium wheels and a fresh paint job.

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For 2015 we are certainly spoilt for choice, and it will be a while before a definitive superbike can be pronounced as king of the hill. I will keep you up to date with any ride reviews from Jozi Rides.

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)

 

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