Published on April 30th, 2019 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Aprilia RSV4 X All Sold Out

This superbike was tailor-made by ApriliaRacing, the factory with 54 world titles, with the sole aim of offering maximumperformance on track. With 225hp and just 165kg, it is one of the lightest andmost powerful super sport bikes of all time.

It is the first bike in the world to mounta gearbox with neutral below first gear and Brembo GP4-MS callipers.

The Aprilia RSV4 sets the benchmark in termsof sports riding and performance, the ultimate example of what can be achievedby harnessing the valuable experience of a winning Racing Department like thatof Aprilia which, throughout its short history, has scored 54 world titles,seven of which in the SBK world championship. Skills honed on the track andtransferred to the factory product to provide everyone with the same sensationsthat the motorbikes prepared by Aprilia Racing do.

Unmistakeable in its design lucidity andapplied technology, the RSV4 is created around a 65° V4 engine, never beforeseen on a factory sport bike, a frame which is the heir to a dynasty that haswon 18 titles and 143 Grand Prix races in the 250 GP class, enhanced by thelatest applied electronics systems to manage the engine and the bike’s dynamicperformance.

This is a true vocation for Aprilia, thefirst manufacturer to adopt the Ride-By-Wire multimap accelerator as standardequipment, but above all the first to patent the APRC dynamic control system,with the exclusive features of self-calibration and wheelie control, in thespirit of maximum effectiveness at the service of top performance.

Ten years after the birth of the firstmodel in 2009, a bike that already had one eye on the category’s future,Aprilia introduces the RSV4 X, a very special commemorative version limited tojust ten units of the new RSV4 1100 Factory: a jewel of Italian manufacturingand a collector’s item, dedicated exclusively to the track.

That Aprilia Racing experience is alsoevident in the work carried out to lighten the motorbike, which results in anexceptional dry weight of 165 kg. To achieve this, Aprilia Racing selected aseries of precious, lightweight components, such as the carbon fairing,enriched with special dedicated graphics inspired by the livery of the ApriliaRS-GP competing in the 2019 MotoGP World Championship, as well as a tank thatis the same shape as the original, but more lightweight.

Another competition-derived element is theracing push-button panel for adjustment of the main electronic controls makingup the RSV4 X. There are numerous billet aluminium details, such as the clutchlever, the front brake lever guard, the engine sump guards, the adjustable footpegs and the upper steering plate, important details that make for a furtherweight saving. Marchesini forged magnesium wheels magnify the alreadyspectacular handling of the RSV4 and mount Pirelli slick tyres.

The inimitable 1100 cc V4 engine isselected and prepared directly by Aprilia Racing, the most advanced PiaggioGroup platform for the development of technology applied first to racing bikesand then to factory models. This special preparation involves hand-assembly andthe subsequent fine-tuning of all tolerances, just as is done for competitionengines. The distribution system is also overhauled, with the adoption of newintake camshafts, new valve return springs and caps, as well as brand-newconvex bucket tappets that, similarly sized, allow for the use of shafts withmore aggressive cam profiles, deriving from SBK.

The Akrapovic exhaust system featurestitanium manifolds and a carbon tailpipe, while the air filter has beenreplaced with a Sprintfilter element: the air filter with the highestpermeability available on the market (as well as being waterproof), the sameunit used by Aprilia Racing in MotoGP. Electronic tuning is guaranteed by aspecific ECU mapping, with dedicated track settings. These components ensure anincrease in maximum power, from an already excellent 217 HP for the standardmodel, to the impressive 225 HP of the RSV4 X.

The Aprilia V4 is equipped with the ANN(Aprilia No Neutral) system, the gearbox with neutral positioned below firstgear that speeds up shifting from first to second and prevents any up-shiftingerrors. This solution derives directly from Aprilia experience in WSBK andMotoGP and is made available to the public on a production model for the veryfirst time.

Another world first involves the Brembobraking system, the company choosing the Aprilia RSV4 X to debut its refined andextremely efficient machined from solid GP4-MS callipers. These act on a pairof steel brake discs with T-Drive technology and are controlled by a machinedfrom solid 19×16 radial pump.

Each of the ten Aprilia RSV4 X bikes were offeredat a price of 39,900 Euro and they we sold out in just hours.  

RSV4 X is part of the Factory Works programme launched by Aprilia Racing: unique in the world, it takes the technology developed for the Aprilia RSV4, a seven-time Superbike world champion, and makes it available to those planning to compete at high level in production-derived championships or who want a RSV4 with performance optimised for track-use.

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