Tuesday, October 04, 2016

2017 Aprilia RSV4 RR, RSV4 RF unveiled at the Intermot

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With 201bhp from its 999cc V4, the 2017 Aprilia RSV4 RF is not to be messed with

Hot on the heels of the 2017 Tuono V4 1100 comes the new, 2017-spec Aprilia RSV4 RR and the range-topping RSV4 RF superbikes. New colours and graphics, a Euro 4-compliant 65-degree V4 engine, and updated electronics (full ride-by-wire throttle, cornering ABS and traction control etc.) make the RSV4 faster than ever before. And like the new Tuono, the RSV4 also has three engine maps – sport, track and race – which optimise power delivery and electronic safety aids’ intervention levels as per the rider’s choice. Colour TFT display for the instrumentation and V4-MP (optional on the RSV4 RR, standard on the RF) multimedia platform that lets you connect your smartphone to the bike via Bluetooth are the other interesting bits on the 2017 RSV4 duo.

The RSV4’s Euro 4-compliant engine produces 201 horsepower at 13,000rpm and 115Nm of torque at 10,500rpm while a new ECU provides more efficient engine management. The bike also gets a new exhaust system with double oxygen sensors, while the earlier RSV’s variable timing intake ducts were deemed unnecessary on this latest version and have been done away with. Additionally, the 6-speed gearbox has now been given a ‘linear sensor’ that’s said to improve shift action. The 2017 Aprilia RSV4’s fully adjustable aluminium beam frame remains largely unchanged, while the RSV4 RF now gets top-spec Öhlins NIX fork and TTX shock, Öhlins steering damper and 17-inch forged aluminium wheels. The braking system now comprises twin 330mm steel brake discs at the front, with Brembo monobloc M50 callipers.

Optional extras for the 2017 Aprilia RSV4 include an Akrapovic exhaust, Öhlins shock (for the RR), and a host of carbonfibre and billet aluminium add-ons. The V4-MP multimedia platform, which offers smartphone connectivity, is also available an optional extra for the RSV4 RR. For Max Biaggi-wannabes, the new RSV4 RF (or, if you’re on a tighter budget, the RSV4 RR) should be the bike to get.

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