The 2009 Aprilia RSV4. More than 180bhp in street trim...
Aprilia have finally released the first official pics of the much-anticipated RSV4, the 999cc, V4-powered superbike with which Aprilia will go racing in WSBK next year, with Max Biaggi riding the bike.
Aprilia will build two versions of the RSV4 – the basic and Factory models – both of which will be powered by Aprilia’s all-new 65-degree, 999cc V4 engine. The new V4 is expected to make 180bhp in street trim (in a package that weighs 179kg dry), while the racing version will pump out around 210-220bhp.
Apart from that formidable V4 engine, the 2009 RSV4 gets aluminium twin-spar chassis with adjustable engine mounts, aluminium swingarm, fully adjustable Öhlins suspension, ride-by-wire throttle, three different fuel-injection maps (which vary the power delivery intensity), variable-length inlet tracts and electronic traction control. As is fairly evident, then, Aprilia intend to launch a no-holds-barred offensive against Japanese, German and other Italian litre-class machines with the new RSV4…
WSBK homologation requirements will mean that Aprilia will have to sell at least 250 units of the RSV4 by February 2009, and another 750 by June. Pricing isn’t likely to be for the faint of heart – expect to pay around US$30,000 for the base model, with the Factory version probably being closer to US$40,000!
And finally, here’s a bit of news for naked bike fans – Miguel Galluzzi, the man responsible for RSV4’s styling (he also designed the original Ducati Monster and the Cagiva Raptor), claims that a naked, streetfighter version of the RSV4 is also on the cards in the near future…
Aprilia RSV4 - the first official promo video
2009 Aprilia RSV4 Specs:
65° cc longitudinal V-four, liquid cooled, double overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder.
Bore and stroke
78 x 52.3 mm.
Max power at crank
180 HP (132 kW) at 12,500 rpm
Max torque at crank
115 Nm at 10,000 rpm
Variable height intake trumpets. Airbox with aerodynamic side intakes. 4 throttle bodes, 8 injectors, ride-by-wire fuel management. Multimapping
Electronic digital ignition integrated in the fuel management system.
4 into 2 into 1. Lambda probe oxygen sensor. Single lateral silencer. Integrated exhaust valve and catalytic converter (Euro 3)
Wet sump. Two pumps (lubrication and cooling). Oil cooler
6 speed cassette type
Multi-plate wet clutch with slipper device
Twin beam aluminium frame with mixed cast and pressed sheet sections. Adjustments for: headstock position and angle, engine height, swingarm pivot height
Öhlins 43 mm upside-down fork. Lower fork bottoms for radial calipers. Adjustment for preload, compression and rebound
Double arch aluminium swingarm; mixed thin-wall casting and pressed sheet construction. Öhlins monoshock with piggy-back cylinder. Adjustments for compression, rebound, spring preload and length. APS rising rate linkages
Double 320 mm lightweight stainless steel floating discs. Brembo monobloc radial calipers with 4 opposed pistons. Sintered pads. Radial master cylinder. Metal braided brake line
220 mm disc. Brembo floating caliper with 2 insulated pistons. Sintered pads. Master cylinder with integral reservoir. Metal braided brake line
Forged aluminium alloy. Front: 3.5"x17" - Rear: 6"x17"
Radial tubeless; 120/70 ZR 17 (front) and 190/55 ZR 17 (rear).
715 mm (at handlebars)
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