The Aprilia RSV4 is a super bike manufactured by Aprilia. The RSV4 is Aprilia’s flagship model. Aprilia offers two models of the bike: the RSV4 Factory and RSV4 R. For 2016 it is offered in two models the RSV4 RR and the limited-edition RSV4 RF. The 2016 updated bike was made to take advantage of and comply with this year’s Superbike rules which state that fewer modifications are allowed for production bikes. It has more power, is lighter, and has improved handling and electronics.
|Engine||999.6 cc (61 cu in) 65-degree V4|
|Top speed||177.7 mph (286.0 km/h)|
|Power||201 hp (150 kW)(claimed) @ 13,000 rpm|
152.7 hp (113.9 kW) (rear wheel)
|Torque||85 lb⋅ft (115.2 N⋅m)(claimed) @ 10,500 rpm|
73 lb⋅ft (99 N⋅m) (rear wheel)
|Transmission||6-speed, wet clutch|
|Brakes||Front: Dual 320 mm diameter floating discs, Brembo monobloc radial 4-piston calipers |
Rear: 220 mm diameter disc, Brembo 2-piston calipers
|Tires||Front: 120/70 ZR17 |
Rear: 200/55 ZR17
|Wheelbase||55.9 in (1,420 mm)|
|Seat height||845 mm (33.3 in)|
|Weight||180 kg (397 lb) (dry)|
208 kg (458 lb) (wet)
|Fuel capacity||18.5 L (4.1 imp gal; 4.9 US gal)|
Production of the motorcycle began in 2008. The motorcycle was unveiled on 22 February 2008, at the International Piaggio Group Convention in Milan, Italy. It is powered by a 65-degree 999.6 cc (61 cu in) V-4 engine, the company's first production four-cylinder engine. Aprilia claims that the new engine was designed specifically for superbike racing and that the engine will produce over 200 horsepower (150 kW) in race configuration.
The RSV-4 has long been considered the "blendiest" of the 1000cc class of superbike.
In 2009, its first full season of World Superbike racing, Max Biaggi aboard the RSV4 reached the podium nine times, and won one race at the Brno Circuit. Aprilia factory teammate Shinya Nakano ended the season in 14th place.
Biaggi won the championship in 2010, and was contracted to race the bike for another two seasons, citing his positive experience with the team and development of the bike into a successful racer and, despite his age, wanting to continue with the momentum they had built up. Max Biaggi ended his career winning the 2012 title with the RSV4.
The Aprilia RSV4 is available as a customer-specified race bike from the factory as a Max Biaggi replica.
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