Intermot show: Here’s the Aprilia 2017 RSV4RR and RF.
Aprilia has just unveiled the new RSV4RR and RF versions of its superbike and according to the factory the 2017 bikes are vastly improved over the current models – to the tune of a whole second a lap faster due to new suspension, electronics, brakes and a downshifter. And it gets a joystick for menu navigation. A joystick…
More than one second faster than before
Aprilia says that the primary goal it followed during development of the new Aprilia RSV4 (in both available versions, RSV4 RR and RSV4 RF) is to be the fastest superbike in the segment. In order to achieve it, Aprilia refined the RSV4’s electronics, suspension and brakes.
APRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) is the well known dynamic control suite derived directly from WSB. This progress was possible mainly thanks to the repositioning of the inertial platform that governs the operation, improving accurate detection of the dynamic conditions of the bike, resulting in more efficient electronic control. They shifted the ‘brain’ and now it can detect and react better to what you’re doing on the bike.
The fourth evolution of Aprilia APRC fits in with the new full Ride-by-Wire throttle which is 590 grams lighter than the current unit.
APRC, which comes as standard equipment on the Aprilia RSV4 RR and RF, includes:
- New ATC: Aprilia Traction Control, adjustable on the fly, (without having to release the throttle) to 8 settings thanks to a practical joystick, now has even more fine tuned and higher performance operating logic.
- New AWC: Aprilia Wheelie Control, adjustable to 3 levels, has new, much more precise operating strategies thanks to the repositioning of the inertial platform. Wheelie control can now be adjusted on the fly without closing the throttle, like the ATC, thanks to the new and more practical left side electric block.
- New ALC: Aprilia Launch Control, for use on the track only, with 3 settings, uses even more effective new operating strategies.
- New AQS: Aprilia Quick Shift, the electronic gearbox that allows shifting without closing the throttle and without using the clutch, now with the downshift function as well, to allow clutchless downshifting. Its open-throttle downshifting feature is exclusive.
- New APL: Aprilia Pit Limiter, the system that lets you select and limit the top speed allowed in pit lane at the track or simply to make it easier to comply with posted speed limits on the road.
- New ACC: Aprilia Cruise Control. The new electronic management has allows an advanced cruise control system to be introduced, very convenient on longer trips because it lets you maintain the set speed without touching the throttle.
In addition to the fourth generation APRC system, RSV4 RR and RF come from the factory standard with advanced multimap Cornering ABS, developed in collaboration with Bosch. The 9.1 MP system is able to optimize braking and the ABS intervention in corners thanks to a specific algorithm that constantly monitors various elements like acceleration, the pressure applied to the front brake lever, the lean, pitch and yaw angle, modulating the braking action in order to better guarantee the ratio between deceleration and stability.
The new ABS system works in unison with the Aprilia RLM (Rear Liftup Mitigation) system that limits the lift of the rear wheel during more abrupt braking. Cornering ABS, fine tuned in accordance with Aprilia’s specific indications, is adjustable to 3 levels of sensibility and can be switched off. Each of the three Cornering ABS maps can be combined with any of the three new engine maps (Sport, Track, Race), allowing riders with different experience and skill levels to find the best possible combination for their style.
The total revamping of the RSV4’s electronics management is completed by the new colour TFT instrumentation. The two selectable screen pages (Road and Race, both with night and day backlighting) correspond to as many represented indexes. Standard equipment for the RSV4 RF (and optional for the RSV4 RR), there is a new version of the V4-MP, the Aprilia multimedia platform that lets you connect your smartphone to the vehicle via Bluetooth, introducing for the first time a true corner-by-corner electronic settings calibration system with data that can subsequently be downloaded to your laptop (or displayed directly on the smartphone) for analysis, just like they do at the races.
The new V4-MP adds a new connection protocol that reduces smartphone battery consumption to a minimum, in addition to providing a larger range of circuits already mapped in which you can manage the electronic settings corner by corner, as well as user acquisition of a new circuit that is not in the list Aprilia has provided. V4-MP also includes the infotainment system, introduced by Aprilia for the first time on the new RSV4, to manage voice commands and incoming/outgoing telephone calls with your smartphone. These activities are also displayed and managed by the digital instrumentation.
Euro 4 engine, the same exceptional performance
The powerplant earns a new exhaust system with a silencer that has a double oxygen sensor and a built in valve. The engine ECU is new, with superior calculating capacity able to manage the rise in maximum revs, now 300rpm higher. Therefore, the engine now boasts an increased extension capacity and it was also for this reason that the variable timing intake ducts were eliminated, no longer deemed necessary. This decision contributed to reducing the weight of the fuel system parts by 500 grams. In order to increase performance and reliability, new and lighter pistons were introduced with brand new segments that reduce the blow-by effect. Furthermore, a honing treatment was added for the connecting rod heads, further reducing friction. The valve recall springs are also new to guarantee reliability during the heaviest operating loads, whereas the valves have optimized timing, capable of increasing performance and reliability. Last, but not least, the gearbox now has a linear sensor that guarantees impeccable gearshift operation.
The chassis: new brakes and suspension
The RF version of the RSV4 gets new and more sophisticated suspension with fine adjustments both in hydraulics and spring preload: the fork is a latest generation Öhlins NIX unit, as is the TTX shock absorber; the latter is operated by new progressive linkage that increases the reaction time of the shock absorber itself. There is also an adjustable steering damper, also supplied by Öhlins.
On the new RSV4, Aprilia introduces important changes in the Brembo braking system: the front relies on a pair of new 5mm thick steel discs with diameter increased to 330mm, gripped by the monobloc M50 callipers fitted with new superior friction coefficient brake pads.
Versions and colours
The RSV4 RR incorporates all the electronic, engine and brake tech introduced on the RSV4 RF as standard equipment, it also has features which were once exclusive to the Factory version, such as magnesium external housings, oil sump and head covers and a wide range of chassis adjustments. Aprilia RSV4 RR is available in two colour schemes, both matt, on a black and grey base (grigio Bucine and nero Ascari) with red wheel rims.
Aprilia RSV4 RF is the exclusive version that uses new Öhlins suspension systems and lightweight aluminium forged rims as standard equipment. It gets a new graphic ‘Superpole’ colour scheme.
Range of accessories
Slip-on exhaust: made by Akrapovic, this item has a carbon silencer and is approved for street use.
Complete racing exhaust: this is an exhaust system complete with headers made by Akrapovic. the muffler is in carbon.
Öhlins TTX shock absorbers (standard equipment on the RSV4 RF): the TTX line is the most prestigious of the products offered by Öhlins (top and bottom attachments are in billet aluminium). They allow full and fine adjustment in all shock absorbing functions. They can be fitted with linear sensors to install telemetry.
Öhlins steering damper (standard equipment on the RSV4 RF): the fine adjustment of this item’s hydraulics provides a front end that is always solid during the most violent acceleration.
Carbon components: fairings, mudguards and heel guards. Made in matt finished carbon fibre. They guarantee a sporty look and lower overall weight.
Mirror plugs: made from billet aluminium, these are applied in place of the mirrors when using the bike on the track.
License plate bracket cover: made of laser cut steel, this is applied after removing the license plate bracket when using the bike on the track.
Frame guards: with an unmistakeable racing style, made of billet nylon, these are useful to prevent damage to the frame in the event of a sliding crash.
Racing rider footpegs: completely machined from billet aluminium and adjustable to 9 different positions, these pegs allow micrometric calibration of the gear shift and brake controls. They are installation ready to lodge the rear brake light switch and the inverted gear lever.
Racing semi-handlebar: made from billet aluminium, these handlebars provide an even sportier riding position.
Inverted racing gear lever: this is a mechanical element that inverts the gear shifting mode in order to improve performance on the track.
Forged rims (standard equipment on the RSV4 RF): made from aluminium with a forging process, these provide maximum resistance at a light weight, essential for increasing handling.
Aluminium racing levers: made in billet aluminium, they give the bike an even more aggressive look and reduce the weight of the factory component.
Tank bag: available in two sizes, this bag is made of technical fabric with carbon-look inserts. They are tested and approved to resist oil, fuel, UV rays and not to compromise stability even at high speeds.
Adjustable license plate bracket: made from laser cut steel. Includes the LED licence plate light.
V4-MP kit: (standard equipment on the RSV4 RF): this is the installation kit for the multimedia platform dedicated to the Aprilia V4 models made up of a Bluetooth control unit and all the wiring needed for installation.
APRILIA RSV4 – RR: Technical Specifications
[RSV4 RF data in brackets]
|Engine type||Aprilia longitudinal 65° V-4 cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid cooling system, double overhead camshafts (DOHC), four valves per cylinder|
|Bore and stroke||78 x 52.3 mm|
|Total engine capacity||999.6 cc|
|Maximum power at crankshaft||201 HP (148 kW) at 13,000 rpm|
|Maximum torque at crankshaft||115 Nm at 10.500 rpm|
|Fuel system||Airbox with front dynamic air intakes. 4 Marelli 48-mm throttle bodies with 8 injectors and latest generation Ride-By-Wire engine management.|
Choice of three different engine maps selectable by the rider with bike in motion: T (Track), S (Sport), R (Race)
|Ignition||Magneti Marelli digital electronic ignition system integrated in engine control system, with one spark plug per cylinder and “stick-coil”-type coils|
|Exhaust||4 into 2 into 1 layout, two oxygen sensors, lateral single silencer with ECU-controlled bypass valve and integrated trivalent catalytic converter (Euro 4)|
|Alternator||Flywheel mounted 450 W alternator with rare earth magnets|
|Lubrication||Wet sump lubrication system with oil radiator and two oil pumps (lubrication and cooling)|
|Gearbox||6-speed cassette type gearbox|
1st: 39/15 (2.600)
2nd: 33/16 (2.063)
3rd: 34/20 (1.700)
4th: 31/21 (1.476)
5th: 31/23 (1.348)
6th: 34/27 (1.259)
Gear lever with Aprilia Quick Shift electronic system (AQS)
|Clutch||Multi-disc oil-bath, with mechanical slipper system|
|Primary drive||Straight cut gears and integrated flexible coupling, drive ratio: 73/44 (1.659)|
|Secondary drive||Chain: Drive ratio: 41/16 (2.562)|
|Traction management||APRC System (Aprilia Performance Ride Control), which includes Traction Control (ATC), Wheelie Control (AWC), Launch Control (ALC), cruise control (ACC) and speed limiter (APL), all of which can be configured and deactivated independently|
|Frame||Aluminium dual beam chassis with pressed and cast sheet elements|
Non adjustable Sachs steering damper
[Adjustable Öhlins steering damper]
|Front suspension||Sachs fork Æ 43 mm stanchions; [Öhlins NIX fork with TIN surface treatment]. Forged billet aluminium radial calliper mountings. Adjustable spring preload and hydraulic compression and rebound damping. Wheel travel: 120 mm|
|Rear suspension||Double braced aluminium swingarm; mixed low thickness and sheet casting technology.|
Sachs monoshock, fully adjustable in: hydraulics in compression and rebound, spring preload [Öhlins TTX monoshock with piggy-back, fully adjustable in: spring preload, wheelbase and hydraulic compression and rebound damping]. New progressive linkage. Wheel travel 130 mm
|Brakes||Front: Dual 330-mm diameter floating stainless steel disc with lightweight stainless steel rotor and aluminium flange with 6 pins. Brembo M50 monobloc radial callipers with 4 Æ 30 mm opposing pistons. Sintered pads. Radial pump and metal braided brake hose|
|Rear: 220 mm diameter disc; Brembo calliper with two Æ 32 mm separate pistons. Sintered pads. Pump with integrated tank and metal braided hose|
Bosch 9.1 MP ABS with cornering function, adjustable to 3 maps equipped with RLM (Rear wheel Lift-up Mitigation) (can be disabled).
|Wheel rims||Aprilia aluminium alloy rims with 3 split spokes, [forged aluminium alloy, completely machined, 5 split spokes].|
Front: 120/70 ZR 17
Rear: 200/55 ZR 17 (alternative: 190/50 ZR 17; 190/55 ZR 17)
|Fuel tank||18.5 litres (4-litre reserve included)|