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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

It might look like a common or garden 180bhp V4 Aprilia RSV4 Factory, but this special edition version (only 350 are being made, 50 to come to the UK) has moved road-going superbikes on as much as the BMW S1000RR did. It’s loaded with cutting-edge electronic riding aids, which make you faster and safer. Its new traction and wheelie control systems never get in the way of your riding, they enhance it. Add to that the best electronic quickshifter fitted to a road bike and launch control and the SE is a truly phenomenal, ground-breaking machine.


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

The 180bhp  999.6cc V4 motor is breathed on to improve cooling and lubrication and the gearbox has its first three gears clustered closer together. These changes aren’t noticeable in isolation, but the engine is a corker anyway, producing loads of midrange grunt, a searing top end rush and a wailing soundtrack straight out of MotoGP. The motor also has variable height inlet trumpets and the latest evolution of Aprilia’s ride-by-wire system, which is used in conjunction with an internal gyro and wheelspeed sensors to control the electronic riding aids. There’s also three power maps to choose from: Road, Sport and Track.  

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

With its Ohlins suspension, Brembo radial brakes, a stiff compact chassis and a new 200/55 section Pirelli Diablo Super Corsa rear tyre the SE can be made to handle magnificently on the track. The electronic riding aids help to make the riding experience even better. The traction control has eight settings, which can be controlled via plus and minus paddles on the left handlebar. The traction control never holds you back, like on BMW and Ducati systems, it just meters out the exact amount of power you need for the conditions and never gets in the way. It’s super-smooth and you barely know it’s there working for you.
The three-stage anti-wheelie is just as smooth, it doesn’t hold you back coming out of corners, it just meters out the power you need and lets the front wheel hover a few inches off the ground. Both systems let you concentrate more on the business of riding. The quickshifter is brilliantly smooth and again saves your energy. The three-stage launch control holds the bike at 10,000rpm with the throttle against the stop, you just feed the clutch out and let the electronics take care of the rest. 


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

Fully-loaded with the best suspension and braking components, cutting-edge electronics, tyres, a dual readout dash (race and road) and that’s before you talk about the superbly-honed chassis and engine. There’s nothing you’d need to change when taking the SE from showroom to track. Compare and buty parts for the RSV4 in the MCN Shop.

Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC Special Edition (2010-2012)

Detail Value
New price £16,474
Dealer used prices
£11,540 (2011) - £12,480 (2011)
Private used prices
£10,490 (2011) - £11,350 (2011)
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Engine size 998 cc
Power 180 bhp
Top speed 180 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 5
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 5
Value rating is 5 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

The SE is beautifully put together and nicely finished. Aprilia reliability is excellent too.


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

It’s an old cliché and the goalposts are always changing, but this is the closest you can buy to a factory WSB machine and worth every penny. Find an Aprilia RSV4 for sale.


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Model History

Model introduced in 2010

Other Versions

Aprilia RSV4R
Aprilia RSV4 Factory


Top speed 180 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 180 bhp
Max torque 85 ft-lb
Weight 179 kg
Seat height 845 mm
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Average fuel consumption 31 mpg
Tank range 124 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 998 cc
Engine specification 16v, V4
Frame Twin spar ali frame
Front suspension adjustment 43mm Ohlins forks, fully-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Single Ohlins shock, fully-adjustable
Front brakes 2 x 320mm discs with Brembo monobloc four-piston radial caliper.
Rear brake 220mm disc with twin-piston Brembo caliper.
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/55 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(1 review)

  • blown away


    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I brought the RSV4 APRC SE in april and after the running in period i rode it on a track day at Snetterton using all the modes and traction control levels from 8 down to 1 and i was totally amazed at the way the bike makes you ride above the level i would have rode on say the zx9r and r1 i normally ride and been spat off! confidence inspiring.

    21 July 2011


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26 December 2010 20:32


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If you want one of these limited techno machines my advice would be, get your order in now. I went to my local dealer two weeks ago to check out availability, they contacted Aprilia UK. The dealer was informed that there will be only 37 coming to the UK and not 50 as indicated in the press. Of the 37, there were only 4 remaining which had not been allocated to a Customer or I guess Dealer, so I bagged one of the remaining 4, I am informed mine should arrive mid Dec 2010, can't wait.

10 November 2010 09:31


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Launch control

sounds awesome want one.

09 November 2010 20:57

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