The 2017 Aprilia RSV4: Faster Than Ever Before!
Take A Look At The Stunning 2017 Aprilia RSV4!
Updated August 15, 2018
With all the hype surrounding the Japanese brands and Ducati’s 2017 plans, it’s no surprise that Aprilia were unable to grab any headlines. However, their 2017 Aprilia RSV4 package is nothing less than spectacular. And while the RSV4 has been pushed out of the lime light in favor of Suzuki’s GSX-R offerings, or Honda and Kawasaki’s homologation specials, we’re going to right that wrong with a more in depth at one of our favorite motorcycles.
The new Euro4 rules were also a massive obstacle for Aprilia to overcome, but overcome it they have, and the new RSV4 hasn’t lost any of its power, nor added any extra weight. That’s no mean feat, and must be applauded. Even though the new Euro4 rules have forced some horrible compromises across the industry, Aprilia have taken the opportunity to give the RSV4 a significant update, as well as the necessary Euro4 engine changes.
The engine has seem some minor upgrades, and the brakes have also had a nice upgrade too – but it’s the new and improved electronics that really give the RSV4 the “wow” factor. As far as rider aids go, the RSV4 is pretty sophisticated. The sports bike boasts the same impressive traction control as in previous models, but now it can be adjusted without having to close the throttle. It’s all about easy adjustment for the 2017 Aprilia. The launch control and anti-wheelie control are all easily activated or tinkered with by using simple handlebar controls. The quickshifter now comes with an auto-blip function for the downshift, and if that wasn’t enough…the RSV4 now comes with cruise control.
Cruise control isn’t the only cool feature about the 2017 Aprilia RSV4’s new electronics: it also comes with Bosch and Aprilia cornering ABS, which works in tandem with the Aprilia’s three engine maps – sport, race, and track. The new rider modes are easily monitored with the RSV4’s all new TFT dash display, and works in conjunction with Aprilia’s updated V4-MP system for your smartphone. In a nutshell, you can sync your smartphone with the bike via Bluetooth, and you can use your handset to program specific rider aids for specific situations – even down to individual corners on a track. Pretty damn cool, eh? Finally, Aprilia have given the RSV4 optimized valve timing. It’s not as sophisticated as what you’ll find on the newest breed of GSX-Rs or the CBR SP editions, but it’s not bad.
Apart from the valve timing upgrade, the engine of the RSV4 is pretty much identical with regards to the spec sheet: boasting a “claimed” 201 hp, and 85 lb-ft of torque. The engine has new, lighter pistons, and the con rods have been treated to reduce unnecessary friction. The revised engine is controlled by a more powerful ECU that allows the engine to max its rev range by 300 rpm. Aprilia have boasted that the new RSV4 is “a second faster than the previous RSV4,” but what that actually means, and how they’ve calculated that boast, remains a mystery.
The rolling chassis has also been given some nice upgrades, including bigger 330mm brake rotors and new Brembo M50 monobloc calipers. The front suspension duties are handled by Öhlins NIX forks, while the rear has been given a TTX shock with a new linkage.
No word on the price yet, but when you consider that the current RSV4 is priced around the $17,000 margin, you can expect the 2017 Aprilia RSV4 model to be more expensive. Thanks to the nice upgrades, your money won’t be going to waste…but just how far over the $17k margin Aprilia are pushing for, we’ll have to wait and see.