From the time it appeared on the scene, it was clear to all its rivals that the Aprilia RSV4 was the bike to beat.
Unmistakable in its design lucidity and applied technology, the RSV4 is conceived around a 65° V4 engine never before seen on a R sport bike, a frame which is the heir to a dynasty that has won 18 titles and 143 Grand Prix races in the 250 GP class, enhanced by the most advanced applied electronics systems to manage the engine and the bike's dynamic performance. This is a true vocation of Aprilia, which was the first manufacturer to adopt the Ride By Wire system as standard equipment (the multimap power management system), but above all the first to patent the APRC dynamic control system, still today the only one with the exclusive self-calibration and wheelie control features.
This technological first is consolidated today with the MY2013 range which, for the quantity and quality of new content and improvements, undoubtedly represents the most important advancements ever made on this extraordinary model.
The New Frontier in Technology
The new Aprilia RSV4 R ABS represents the cutting-edge of modern technology and achieves the objective of perfecting what was already top of the line in the previous versions, loved and appreciated by bikers and riders all over the world, not only because of its frame and chassis qualities, but also thanks to the advanced dynamic control systems adopted. APRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) is the well-known dynamic control suite derived directly from the winning technology in world Superbike, the most complete and refined of those currently available on the market.
On the new RSV4 R ABS MY 2013 bikes, the APRC system has been further developed and refined in order to adapt even better to the specific needs of enthusiasts on the street and professional riders on the track. Now the behavior of the system is even more uniform, guaranteeing a high level of support in turns and high speed without penalizing traction coming out of slow turns.
The new APRC system, standard equipment on the Aprilia RSV4 R ABS MY 2013 includes:
• ATC: Aprilia Traction Control, the traction control system that can be adjusted on the fly, without closing the throttle, to 8 levels thanks to a practical joystick on the left handlebar, gains even higher performing and refined operating logic;
• AWC: Aprilia Wheelie Control, which can be adjusted to three levels, has been recalibrated for better performance;
• ALC: Aprilia Launch Control, for use on the track only, with 3 settings;
• AQS: Aprilia Quick Shift, a system for extremely fast gear changes without shutting the throttle and using the clutch.
The new APRC system integrates even better with the electronic full Ride by Wire multimap management of the powerful V4 engine.
In addition to the second generation APRC system, the MY 2013 RSV4 comes standard with highly advanced ABS, the antilock braking system designed and developed to guarantee not only maximum safety on the road, but also the best performance on the track. Aprilia worked in close cooperation with Bosch to define the best calibration of the ABS 9MP unit, which represents the maximum in refinement and technology currently available. The system, weighing in at just 2 kg, can be disengaged and adjusted to 3 different levels by easily accessing the sophisticated instrumentation control menu:
• Level 1 Track: dedicated to the track (but also approved for street use), it acts on both wheels and guarantees maximum possible performance, even in the most intense braking situations at any speed. This setting takes nothing away from the pleasure and performance of "pushing the envelope".
• Level 2 Sport: dedicated to sport riding on the street, it works on both wheels and is combined with an advanced tip over system (RLM - Rear Lift-up Mitigation) which has progressive action based on the vehicle speed.
• Level 3 Rain: dedicated to riding on surfaces with poor grip, it acts on both wheels and is combined with the advanced tip over system.
Each of these 3 ABS mappings can be combined with any of the 3 engine maps (Track, Sport, Road), in order to allow riders with different experience and skill levels to find the best possible combination for their style.
In their details, the 2013 models in the new Aprilia RSV4 range can be distinguished by the different front mudguard finish (only the R version), a brand new satin-finish for the headlight assembly and the new exhaust silencer bottom.
The most evident aesthetic change has to do with the new fuel tank, which has been modified not only to facilitate placement of the ABS control unit, but also to increase riding range and to improve rider ergonomics: in fact, the total capacity went from 17 to 18.5 liters, while the side panels introduce lines which increase the rider's feeling during braking and in turns. This solution was borrowed directly from the Aprilia RSV4 used in the World Superbike championship.
For the R version new graphics are provided, an aggressive matt black that enhances its technical nature.
Higher Chassis and Engine Performance
With the goal of improving the already exceptional deceleration capacity of the RSV4, the new Aprilia RSV4 R ABS model has a brand new front braking system, which is dressed up with refined Brembo M430 radial mounted monoblock calipers and the new radial master cylinder on the handlebar.
The rear brake caliper was replaced with a more advanced and more efficient one, perfecting the combination with the new front brake. In the braking phase, as delicate as it is important, optimum weight distribution is fundamental: for this purpose the RSV4 ABS engine benefits from different positioning within the frame.
The possibility of adjusting the position of the engine within the frame is a peculiarity which is usually reserved for racing bikes and which sets the RSV4 apart from all the other bikes in the segment. This, together with a different adjustment of the swingarm pivot, guarantees greater stability and control of the bike in more intense braking situations; at the same time, it allowed the height of the saddle off the ground to be lowered to 840 mm, to the advantage of riders of all sizes.
The close derivation of the Aprilia RSV4 R ABS models from the racing world can be clearly seen in the engine specifications, the first high performance mass production narrow V4 in the world, the most revolutionary and powerful engine ever built by Aprilia. This is an engine which is made unique and unmistakable thanks to the use of "total" electronics, thanks to its record light weight and extremely compact size.
The engine in the new RSV4 MY 2013 bikes has been upgraded and improved with particular attention given to reducing internal friction and casing ventilation. This brings the maximum power of the 65° V4 to 184 HP, with torque now arriving at 117 Nm, also due to a redesigned exhaust system and fine-tuned electronic management. The 3 distinct mappings (Track, Sport and Road), were matched to the new power and torque specifications of the V4 in order to obtain even more full and rich power output at any engine speed.