The RSV4 project has always pursued a stated goal: to be the absolute best and fastest uncompromising superbike, the closest to Aprilia racing bikes in terms of performance and effectiveness. A premium product at the top of its category, dedicated to extremely demanding customers who want top shelf performance and refined technical equipment, provided thanks in part to the use of prestigious materials such as aluminium, titanium and carbon.
The Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory boasts exceptional performance combined with a racing frame and suspension and a series of first-rate electronic controls, added to which is the semi-active suspension.
In line with the exclusivity of this model, the Aprilia Style Centre has worked hard to make the RSV4 1100 Factory unique and recognisable even in its colours and attention to detail. The colour combinations aim to enhance the exclusive nature of prestigious materials such as carbon (utilised on the front mudguard, the side panels, the exhaust terminal guard, the aerodynamic appendages, and the new front tank cover), in contrast with the titanium finish of the street-legal Akrapovic exhaust tailpipe, the same colour as the forged aluminium wheels. For the graphics of the superstructure, an attractive total matte black look enhances all the beauty of the sculpture-like twin-spar frame and swingarm made of aluminium. Given the incredible performance achieved by the RSV4 1100 Factory, Aprilia adds aerodynamic winglets to the fairing for the first time on a factory superbike, thanks to developments made by Aprilia Racing on the RS-GP prototype from which they are derived. Their particular shape, designed in the wind tunnel, and the angle at which they are mounted exploit the downforce of the channelled air, allowing the winglets to increase stability at high speeds, which helps reduce the tendency to wheelie out of the corner, while also increasing stability during hard braking.
CHASSIS: GREATER TRACK FEELING AND EFFICIENCY THANKS TO SEMI-ACTIVE SUSPENSION
Aprilia always said it would never use semi-active suspension until the stopwatch demonstrated an improvement in terms of lap times. That time has come. After two years of development in close contact with Öhlins technicians and thanks also to experience gained with the Tuono V4 1100 Factory, which already adopts it, semi-active suspension now features on the top of the range RSV4 model, or rather the RSV4 1100 Factory. The Smart EC 2.0 system by Öhlins is fine tuned for the RSV4 thanks to intense development work by the Swedish and Italian technicians, who spent a great deal of time at the toughest, most testing tracks such as Imola and Mugello (but also on the road), before the stopwatch, the only judge when it comes to improvements made to the extraordinary RSV4 project, finally confirmed that the primary goal had been achieved, riding feel and performance both improved, and quantified on average by a lap speed half a second faster than the previous version of the RSV4 1100 Factory, equipped with the same Öhlins suspension, but with mechanical operation. In reality, theÖhlins suspension of the previous generation of Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory and the semi-active system are very different, also on the inside, the hydraulics fully revised so as to allow the system to work as efficiently as possible and achieve the project goals set out by Aprilia.
The control unit that governs the Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 suspension has access to all the bike's electronic systems, meaning it is able to recognise all riding phases and therefore adapt calibration of the fork, shock absorber and steering damper hydraulics thanks to the development of an algorithm, fruit of the collaboration between Öhlins and Aprilia. As a result, this suspension better supports the rider through every riding phase on track, also offering greater feeling with the front wheel, a characteristic that was already at a high level with all previous RSV4 models. In addition, its increased ability to mirror any asphalt unevenness makes for greater ease of use and riding pleasure on the road.
The particular technology of the Smart EC 2.0 semi-active suspension system allows simple and even customised calibration of the fork and shock absorbers with two operating modes: semi-active mode and manual mode, both of which can be selected using the buttons on the handlebar. 3 maps adjust the suspension in different ways and select the semi-active contribution. A1, A2 and A3. The first, developed for use with slick tyres, particularly suits circuits with a very smooth surface; the second, for use with compound tyres and at tracks with uneven asphalt; the third is dedicated to the road, characterised by freer hydraulics that better absorb imperfections in the road surface. In manual mode, on the other hand, the 3 maps (M1, M2 and M3) provide as many predefined calibration types without semi-active assistance, in the same way as mechanical suspension systems operate. Both in the semi-active and manual mode, the user still has the possibility, within the three aforementioned logic maps, to fine tune suspension calibration based on personal taste and riding style, of particular advantage to more expert and demanding riders. The Öhlins steering damper is now also managed electronically by the Smart EC 2.0 system and can be customised to best adjust the calibration depending on that of the fork and shock absorber. The OBTi (Objective Based Tuning Interface), visible on the 4.3 inch colour TFT dashboard of the Aprilia Tuono RSV41100 , makes for intuitive setting operations. The OBTi operating logic is based on the goals the rider wants to achieve during each riding phase: for example, greater support during braking if one wants more controlled descent of the NIX fork, or greater support in acceleration if one wants greater support from the TTX shock absorber when the throttle is fully opened. There is also the possibility for manual adjustment of the shock and fork spring pre-load.
Aprilia is known as one of the best chassis manufacturers in the world and the RSV4 represents the synthesis of the technical prowess Aprilia has acquired in top level world championships. A particularity which is still exclusive to the RSV4 RR and Factory (and which has always been a characteristics of the previous generations) is the exceptional range of possible adjustments that the standard equipment chassis is able to provide. In fact, the Aprilia RSV4 is the only superbike that allows the rider to adjust the engine position in the frame, the headstock angle, the swingarm pivot and rear end height, in addition to fully adjustable suspension of course. Just like a real racing bike.
The braking system remains unaltered, already top of line with the previous version and comprising a pair of Brembo Stylema® callipers, lightweight, efficient and equipped with pads with a high-performance friction coefficient. The brake callipers can be combined with the pair of carbon air ducts (similar to those used by Aprilia Racing on the RS-GP), which let you control the operating temperature, ensuring the same exceptional braking performance even in the most extreme use. The kerb weight of the RSV4 1100 Factory with a full tank is 199 kg, thanks also to the adoption of the Akrapovic titanium exhaust tailpipe and the ultra light lithium battery.
RECORD PERFORMANCE FOR THE APRILIA 1100 V4
The level of performance offered by the Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory is the very best a sports rider could hope for, and is combined with the character and inimitable sound of the V4 from Noale. No other engine of this kind can boast a ten-year-long history of wins. A platform capable of satisfying the needs of the most advanced sport rider and also an exceptional base around which to develop a racing bike. This is the world's first full scale production motorcycle with a narrow high performance V4 engine, the most revolutionary and powerful engine ever built by Aprilia. An engine that is unique and unmistakeable due to its use of “total” electronics, its extremely compact size and its lightness, to which the magnesium external housings, oil sump and cylinder head covers all contribute. The narrow V architecture has made it possible to make an engine that is extremely compact lengthways which helps to centralise weights and to have an extremely high performance chassis. The timing system uses very particular kinematics: the chain camshaft drives only the intake camshaft which in turn drives the exhaust camshaft via a gear. This allows for extremely compact heads, to the advantage of the frame layout which, on the RSV4, is as compact as that of a Grand Prix bike. the crankcase is monobloc with integrated aluminium cylinder liners to ensure maximum rigidity and consistent performance. The countershaft dampens vibrations.
RSV4 1100 Factory engine displacement is achieved thanks to pistons with 81 mm bore and 52.3 mm stroke; The compression ratio is 13.6:1. The wet sump lubrication system uses an oil pump, the payload of which is able to control the temperature of the piston, thanks to the use of a double oil jet. With respect to the one litre version that equips the Aprilia RSV4 RR, the timing system boasts optimised intake valve timing, while the primary drive now counts on a longer ratio for fifth and sixth gear. The electronic injection system now uses a throttle valve support with a more aerodynamic profile in order to improve fluid-dynamic permeability. The Magneti Marelli 7SM ECU has a specific mapping with limiter management set at 13,600 rpm. This brings maximum power to 217 HP at 13,200 rpm, setting the bar in the category; maximum torque also benefits from these changes, obtaining a clear increase of more than 10% across the entire curve with respect to the 1000 cc engine and reaching a maximum value of 122 Nm at 11,000 rpm. This is a very important value that makes the RSV4 1100 Factory not only more effective in acceleration even at low speeds on track, but also more thrilling to ride on the road. Lastly, the exhaust system with specific Factory layout includes the street-legal Akrapovic titanium exhaust tailpipe as standard, significantly lighter than the unit that equips the Aprilia RSV4 RR. Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory also benefits from specific calibration of the APRC electronic controls.
APRC: FROM APRILIA, THE CUTTING-ENGE IN ELECTRONICS
Aprilia RSV4 1000 RR and RSV4 1100 Factory are fitted with an exceptional dynamic controls package designed and patented by Aprilia. Each of the two models benefits from specific calibration of all controls in line with the different performance levels the two bikes can boast. APRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) is the well known dynamic control package derived directly from winning World Superbike technology, one of the most complete and refined currently available on the market. The particular positioning and orientation of the inertial platformthat governs the operation of the system allows for optimum possibilities of detecting the bike's dynamic conditions and, consequently, more effective electronic control strategies.
The fourth evolution of Aprilia APRC is perfectly integrated with the electronic fine tuning guaranteed by the full Ride-by-Wirethrottle control which is completely built-in and requires no other components for electronic throttle valve management.This provides clear benefits in terms of weight (compared to a traditional system, the savings can be quantified at 590 grams).
The APRC, which comes as standard on the Aprilia RSV4 RR and RSV4 1100 Factory, includes:
- ATC: Aprilia Traction Control, adjustable on the fly (without having to release the throttle) to 8 settings thanks to a practical joystick, boasts high performance operating logic.
- AWC: Aprilia Wheelie Control,the wheelie control system that can be adjusted to 3 levels, has extremely precise operating strategies. Wheelie control can be adjusted on the fly without closing the throttle, like the ATC, thanks to the practical left side electric block.
- ALC: Aprilia Launch Control, for use on the track only, with 3 settings, uses highly effective operating strategies.
- AQS: Aprilia Quick Shift, the electronic gearbox that allows shifting without closing the throttle and without using the clutch, also equipped with the downshift function, to allow clutchless downshifting. Its open-throttle downshifting feature is exclusive.
- APL: Aprilia Pit Limiter, the system that lets you select and limit the top speed allowed in pit lane at the track or simply to make it easier to comply with posted speed limits on the road.
- ACC: Aprilia Cruise Control. Electronic management has allowed cruise control to be introduced, very convenient on longer trips because it lets you maintain the set speed without touching the throttle.
In addition to the fourth generation APRC system, RSV4 RR and Factory come as standard with advanced multimap Cornering ABS, developed in collaboration with Bosch to guarantee not only extreme safety on the road, but also the best possible performance at the circuit. With its remarkably contained weight and dimensions, the 9.1 MP system is able to optimize braking and ABS intervention through the corners, thanks to a specific algorithm that constantly monitors various parameters such as lateral acceleration, the pressure applied to the front brake lever, and the lean, pitch and yaw angle, modulating the braking action in order to better guarantee the ratio between deceleration and stability. The ABS system works in unison with the Aprilia RLM (Rear Liftup Mitigation) system that limits the lift of the rear wheel during more abrupt braking. Cornering ABS, fine tuned in accordance with Aprilia's specific indications, is adjustable to 3 levels of sensibility. Each of the three Cornering ABS maps can be combined with any of the three engine maps (Sport, Track, Race), allowing riders with different experience and skill levels to find the best possible combination for their style. The three maps are “full power” and differ in the way they unleash the power of the Aprilia V4, in its two configurations, onto the asphalt, as well as the percentage of engine brake dedicated to each.
The colour TFT instrumentation is a true digital computer with exceptional display features. The two selectable screen pages (Road and Race, both with night and day backlighting) correspond to as many represented indexes. Available as an accessory for both the RSV4 RR and the RSV4 1100 Factory is Aprilia MIA, the Aprilia multimedia platform that allows the rider to connect a smartphone to the vehicle via Bluetooth, introducing a true corner by corner electronic settings calibration system for the first time, with data that can be subsequently downloaded to a laptop (or displayed directly on the smartphone) for analysis, just as is done at the races. Aprilia MIA is characterised by a new connection protocol that reduces smartphone battery consumption to a minimum, in addition to providing a wide range of already mapped circuit in which you can manage the electronic settings corner by corner, as well as user acquisition and timing of a new circuit that is not in the list Aprilia has provided. Aprilia MIA also includes the infotainment system, introduced by Aprilia for the first time on the RSV4, to manage voice commands and incoming/outgoing telephone calls on a smartphone. These activities are also displayed and managed by the digital instrumentation.