Power upped on Aprilia RSV4

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Aprilia has upped the power on its race-ready RSV4 to create the new RR version.

The Italian manufacturer has squeezed 16hp more out of its V4 engine, resulting in an output of 201hp and a power-to-weight ratio of 85 lb-ft, helped by it shedding 3kg of weight.

It’s not just the 1000cc engine that’s been updated on the RSV4 RR however, with Aprilia making a range of changes to the current RSV4.

A new air box, injectors and valve system – complete with redesigned heads and titanium valves – have been added to the powertrain set-up.

These changes mean that for the first time ever on a production bike, valve opening and the quantity of injected fuel can be controlled independently.

And the chassis has undergone a slight redesign too with the swingarm lengthened to give more traction and reduce the chances of wheel lift under hard acceleration.

On top of this, the RSV4 RR also comes with an extensive range of equipment and technology after the development of an updated version of the Aprilia Performance Ride Control (aPRC) package.

That means that all RSV4 RR models come with adjustable traction control, wheelie control, launch control and a quick shift system.

There’s also an advanced Race ABS system, developed with Bosch, which allows riders to pick between three settings, dedicated to track use, sport riding and riding on grips with low traction, using a joystick.

Alongside the RR, which will come adorned in Bucine gray or black Ascari matt paint jobs and racing livery, is the RF version of the RSV4.

The RF is a limited edition model which comes fitted with an advanced Race Pack of technology and equipment, including Ohlins suspension, as standard, and a unique graphic.

The Aprilia RSV4 RR and RF models were unveiled at the EICMA motorbike show in Milan yesterday.

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