The Aprilia RSV4 X is not a sports car like the others. She is one of these new commandos tasked with destroying the least hundredth of a second superfluous. Weapons sharpened to the extreme, sublimating the capabilities of the hypersports from which they derive.
The Roman numeral which adorns this RSV4 symbolizes the 10th anniversary of the birth of Noale’s rocket. With its impossible-to-fault chassis, its bubbling 4-cylinder V, its very compact size and its raptor aesthetic, it immediately stood out as a master of the circuit. The latest evolution, the 1100 Factory, further increases its level of performance by becoming X.
No headlight, no license plate, no mirrors – it doesn’t need them. And it saves weight. She could have been content with this lightening, boosting her engine and exciting the eyes of her Italian racing dress. Except that the RSV4 X goes much further than that.
Its engine, almost its soul, takes full advantage of its 1078 cm3. He received a vitamin cure to push the cavalry from 217 to 225 horses. What passion! What a monster above all! Did Biaggi have more watts in the connecting rods when he won his Superbike title? Not sure. To gain these additional cannons, the block is assembled with the greatest precision at Aprilia Racing, where it receives the care of a manual assembly and a revision of all tolerances. Engine manufacturers take the opportunity to hit it a bit with new camshafts, valve springs and caps, convex bucket lifters; give it better breathing with the fitting of a Sprintfilter air filter as in MotoGP; and accelerate the breath with a titanium exhaust line completed with an Akrapovic silencer.
With the increase in power, a correction to the computer mapping is prompted. The RSV4 X needs its own parameters to offer the best of its possibilities. We find above all the APRC assistance, that the firm of Noale made a point of honor to implant very early in its sports and its evolutions..
This very exclusive hypersport is the first of the modern era to acquire a particularity in terms of gear selection. Is it like the pure pistardes, with the first at the top and the box reversed? No, more racing. The neutral point is not between 1st and 2nd gear as on 99% of gearboxes but UNDER the first gear (N – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6). The manufacturer argues on saving time when switching between the first two gears and reducing selection errors.
This is not, however, a revolution. Other models in the 70s had placed their neutral at the bottom of the selector.
We were talking about 225 horses. A slice of enormous power on a slice of resistance that has become even lighter. While the engine was picking up the biceps, the bike dried by 12 kilos. By what process? Covering itself with a carbon fairing, forged Marchesini magnesium rims, a lighter fuel tank and aluminum parts such as the footplates, the clutch lever, the brake lever guard and the upper triple tree. After this regime, the Aprilia weighs only 165 kilos dry, i.e. 3 less than a machine engaged in World Superbike..
A tool sharp to the max, with impressive dynamic qualities. Putting in addition a desire to provide decelerations of very high level. The Aprilia RSV4 X gets some big hits from Brembo: 330mm T-Drive brake tracks, a 19×16 machined radial pump and GP4-MS radial calipers – nothing less than one-piece clamps cut in the mass. We are in the cut above the Stylemas from the same supplier.
As on the 1100 Factory, there are suspension elements Öhlins, a color TFT display, aerodynamic widgets and the ability to adjust the position of the motor in the frame, the column angle and the pivot point of the swingarm.
The Factory Works department gave birth to a formidable limited-edition pistarde. Not really accessible, already rare, with a very high level of performance, the 1100 RSV4 X is aimed at experienced pilots who want to give themselves big injections of pleasure and adrenaline without going through the competition box. Its engine capacity does not allow it to enter the championship but its exceptional capacities for a motorcycle of its rank make it a racer’s fantasy..
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Reservations for this high pedigree sportswoman will open in mid-April, only online at the Aprilia Factory Works site ->
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RSV4 1000 Biaggi Superbike Replica 2010
Model marketed in
about 310 km / h
The technical aspect
Aprilia 1100 RSV4 X 2019
- Tank: 18.5 liters
- Wheelbase: 1,439 mm
- Dry weight: 177 kg
- Train before
- secondary by chain
- Rear axle
(81 x 52.3 mm)