2021 Aprilia RSV4 and RSV4 Factory | First Look Review

2021 Aprilia RSV4 Factory First Look Review
RSV4 Factory in Lava Red.

Aprilia has provided a first glimpse at the updated 2021 Aprilia RSV4 and RSV4 Factory superbikes, each equipped with more power, refined electronics, refreshed styling and MotoGP-derived chassis upgrades. Details are limited at this time, but we’ll update the story with full specs and figures when they become available.

The RSV4 lineup is equipped with one of the best performance engines in the business, and Aprilia’s latest V4 iteration has grown from 1,077cc to 1,099cc, claiming to produce a monstrous 217 peak horsepower. That is a Euro 5 emissions-compliant 217 horsepower, mind you. Aprilia says that the increased displacement and an all-new exhaust system are the sources of the V4’s newfound ponies.

Returning to the fold is the RSV4’s lightweight aluminum twin-spar frame, updated with an under-slung swingarm derived from Aprilia’s MotoGP RS-GP racebike. The new swingarm is said to be lighter and features a reinforced lower brace to reduce unwanted flex.

Helping keep all of that magnificent power in check is the top-notch and refined APRC electronics package, easily navigated from a larger full-color TFT display. The latest Marelli 11MP ECU, which boasts improved processing power, works in conjunction with a 6-axis IMU to deliver multi-level engine braking control, adjustable cornering ABS, lean-angle-detecting traction control and wheelie control, allowing riders to tailor settings to their specific needs. Six ride modes are available — three for the track (two are customizable) and three for the street (one is customizable).

The RSV4 lineup has gone under the knife for a subtle visual nip-tuck, taking a page out of the middleweight RS 660’s playbook and integrating aerodynamic features into its “double-wall” fairings. Aprilia says the new fairings will create downforce and increase positive air pressure in the airbox at high speeds. That isn’t the only benefit, as the new aero package is designed to improve engine cooling and draw heat away from the rider. All LED lighting is included, as well as a cornering light function that illuminates the inside of a turn — perfect for those looking to spin some twilight laps at the track.

Ergonomics are updated, thanks to the new fuel tank and saddle design, and the riding position is said to be more relaxed and offer additional room than previous iterations.

Available in two models, the standard RSV4 and RSV4 Factory have MSRPs of $18,999 and $25,999, respectively. The Factory gets forged aluminum wheels, semi-active Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 suspension and Brembo Stylema calipers. Color choice on the RSV4 is limited to Dark Losail, while the Factory is available in Aprilia Black and Lava Red. Expect the 2021 Aprilia RSV4 and RSV4 Factory to hit dealers in March.

For more information, visit Aprilia.


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