Top, left: The 2011 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC Special Edition is based on Max Biaggi's World Superbikes championship winning machine and, yes, we want one now!
After Maxi Biaggi recently won the 2010 World Superbikes championship, there’s no stopping Aprilia. While it’s the BMW S1000RR that came out on top in most litre-class superbike shootouts conducted by dozens of magazines and websites worldwide, on the racetrack, it’s the Aprilia RSV4 that has won the battle. To commemorate this special occasion, Aprilia have unveiled the RSV4 Factory APRC Special Edition at this year’s INTERMOT motorcycle show in Cologne, Germany.
The special edition RSV4 packs all the best bits of the Factory version – 65° V4 engine, ride-by-wire throttle control, multi-map engine management, fully adjustable Öhlins suspension, forged aluminium wheels and a chassis that Aprilia claim is ‘worthy of a 250 GP bike.’ And if you were wondering about what extras this bike, it’s not just the new paintjob and new exhaust system, the APRC machine also gets adjustable traction control. Indeed, APRC is an acronym for ‘Aprilia Performance Ride Control,’ which refers to the host of electronics on the bike, including the new traction control system.
Speaking of electronics, the RSV4 APRC Special Edition bike has Aprilia Traction Control (ATC, with 8 settings, selectable via a joystick mounted on the left handlebar!), Aprilia Wheelie Control (AWC, with three settings), Aprilia Launch Control (ALC, with three settings) and Aprilia Quick Shift (AQS, which allows the rider to shift gears without using the clutch and without closing the throttle...). The new bike also gets a lighter exhaust system that boosts performance, revised gear ratios, improved engine lubrication and a new 200/55 dual blend rear tyre.
We know we want one of these. We want one of these so much that if we had to choose between going out on a date with Megan Fox and getting our hands on an RSV4 APRC SE, we’d take the Aprilia. We love this bike so much...