APRILIA RSV4 FACTORY (2010-2012) Review

Published: 09 November 2010

"This special edition version has moved road-going superbikes on as much as the BMW S1000RR did"

Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC Special Edition

"This special edition version has moved road-going superbikes on as much as the BMW S1000RR did"

  • At a glance
  • 998cc  -  180 bhp
  • 31 mpg  -  124 miles range
  • Medium seat height (845mm)

Overall Rating 5 out of 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 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. 

Engine 5 out of 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.  

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

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

Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5

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.

Insurance group: 17 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 5 out of 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.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their APRILIA RSV4 FACTORY (2010-2012) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

blown away

21 July 2011 by Anonymous

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... Read more would have rode on say the zx9r and r1 i normally ride and been spat off! confidence inspiring.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2010
Year discontinued 2012
Original price £16,474
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 180 bhp
Max torque 85 ft-lb
Top speed 180 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 31 mpg
Tank range 124 miles
Specification
Engine size 998cc
Engine type 16v, V4
Frame type Twin spar ali frame
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Seat height 845mm
Bike weight 179kg
Front suspension 43mm Ohlins forks, fully-adjustable
Rear suspension Single Ohlins shock, fully-adjustable
Front brake 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

History & Versions

Model history

Model introduced in 2010

Other versions

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