With its 200bhp V4, the RSV 4 should be the bike to watch out for in WSBK 2009
One of the most eagerly awaited machines this year, the 1000cc, V4-powered Aprilia RSV 4 was recently unveiled at the International Piaggio Group Convention in Milan, Italy. The RSV 4 is powered by Aprilia’s all-new 65-degree V4, which is actually the Italian company’s first four-cylinder engine, and which has specifically been designed to allow Aprilia to go racing in AMA and/or World Superbikes in 2009.
The Aprilia RSV 4 is likely to be a formidable machine. The 1000cc V4, which features advanced electronics and a ride-by-wire system, is supposed to produce 200bhp. And Aprilia, who’ve already been quite successful in 125cc and 250cc GP racing, want the same kind of success in WSBK. With some development work over the next two years, the RSV 4 ‘Race Machine’ is likely to be up to the task.
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