2024 Aprilia RS457 review | Light, powerful, fast and fun, the Italian pocket rocket is easy to ride and delivers big bike thrills


  • 47bhp parallel twin
  • Ali frame, racy handling, 175kg
  • Full of electronics and attention to detail

At a glance

Power: 47 bhp
Seat height: Medium (31.5 in / 800 mm)
Weight: Low (386 lbs / 175 kg)


New £6,500
Used N/A

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

A2 licence holders can now enjoy the thrills of a fast, sweet-handling Aprilia sportsbike when the new £6500 RS457 arrives in dealers this month.

Ok, so you could simply buy a restricted Aprilia RS660, but you’d be carrying extra weight around without the power to shove it along. There are no such problems with the RS457.

The Aprilia is no cheap and cheerful superbike look-a-like, it’s a superb sportsbike in its own right, built with the same DNA as the RS660 and firebreathing RSV4. It’s beautifully detailed, from the styling to paintwork, sophisticated electronics and colour dash, but best of all it goes and handles like an Aprilia should. That’s as big a compliment as you can give.

2024 Aprilia RS457 front right on paddock stand

Its roaring new parallel twin cylinder engine has a smooth, strong and easy to access linear delivery and while its rider aids aren’t needed on a hot racetrack with sticky tyres, they never get in the way of your fun and are a handy safety aid for new riders and in tricky conditions. It steers with little effort, thrives on corner speed and has strong brakes.

New riders will find it incredibly easy to get on with, but the RS457 also operates at a level that will also keep the more experienced hungry for more.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
5 out of 5 (5/5)

Aprilia has made the RS457 as light and powerful as is can be within the A2 licence regulations: 175kg wet and the new 457cc parallel twin cylinder engine makes 47bhp. This breezy power-to-weight ratio (the best in class, Aprilia says) makes it huge fun to ride, here at its world launch at the Autodromo di Modena in Italy.

This 50-something road tester might be light years away from RS457’s intended audience and most owners won’t go anywhere near a track, but the RS457 still impresses. It’s easy to ride fast and teaches you everything you need to know about carrying corner speed, which is what small capacity sportsbikes have always been about.

On track the RS457 never puts a foot wrong, but that said, the standard Eurogrip Protorq Extreme (no, me neither) tyres have been replaced with sticky Pirelli Diablo Super Corsa SP V4 rubber and Aprilia have fitted sportier brake pads from the accessory catalogue.

2024 Aprilia RS457 knee down turning left on track

An aluminium frame helps keep the weight down and the way it handles is textbook RS660 or RSV4. Aprilia don’t know how to make a bad handling bike and the RS457 is no wishy-washy superbike look-a-like. It glides precisely through corners, has lots of ground clearance and with its narrow 110-section front tyre and racy chassis geometry, steers through chicanes with minimum effort.

The front end can sometimes feel too light with a lack of bite from the tyre into corners, but that’s being picky in an irrelevant track environment. Balancing ride height with preload could improve things, but it won’t be a problem for normal riding. There’s plenty of feel on the way out of corners before its time to duck under the low screen and hammer down the next straight.

A low seat will let smaller riders to get feet flat on the floor, but its roomy riding position with clip-ons placed above the top yoke, makes it easy for taller riders to move around.

2024 Aprilia RS457 front action shot on straight


Next up: Reliability
5 out of 5 (5/5)

All-new 457cc 270-degree crank parallel twin has a load-bearing crankcase on to which the swingarm is bolted. The motor weighs 6kg less than the RS660’s. It might make ‘only’ 47bhp, but the lightweight RS457 feels quick, even on the open expenses of a racetrack and it’ll feel faster still on the road.

Aprilia claims a 118mph top whack. The new motor has a smooth and friendly spread of power, a deep, booming soundtrack and enough grunt for swift acceleration out of corners, even from low revs. The gearbox is precise, too, ably helped by an accessory quick shifter.

Ride-by-wire electronics are controlled by the same Marelli 11MP ECU you’ll find in the RS6650 and RSV4, facilitating riding modes, traction control and ABS. We’re using maximum power, the least TC and ABS with the rear disabled. There’s only ever the slightest hint of electronic intrusion hard on the throttle and impressive brakes, despite being a single disc set-up.

2024 Aprilia RS457 rear static

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
3 out of 5 (3/5)

Although the RS457 is too new to pass comment on reliability, we hope it fares better than Aprilia’s last new sportsbike: the RS660. While many of our online reviews for that machine are positive, there are number of major faults, which are a cause for concern. We hope they’re addressed for the RS457.

2024 Aprilia RS457 left side action shot

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
5 out of 5 (5/5)

It may be premium, but Aprilia have priced it in the ballpark of its closest race rep A2 rivals, like the £6499 CFMoto 450SR, £6699 Honda CBR500R, £5999 Kawasaki Ninja 500, £5899 KTM RC390 and £6505 Yamaha R3.


4 out of 5 (4/5)

Not only does it go and handle like an Aprilia sportsbike, it looks like one, too. There’s lots of lovely attention to detail in the bodywork, with aero slots, vents and scoops and the paint finishes are superb, especially the black version with metallic flecks that glow green and pink in sunlight.

It comes with LEDs, a 5in colour dash and a 13-litre tank, which with a claimed 69mpg should give a handy 197-mile range…although not today on track. A 5in colour display is operated by backlit switchgear and there are three riding modes (Eco, Sport, Rain), three stage TC (plus ‘off) and option to disable rear ABS.

There are a huge range of performance, comfort and cosmetic accessories available and Aprilia branded Alpinestars clothing.

2024 Aprilia RS457 dash


Engine size 457cc
Engine type Liquid cooled 8v parallel twin
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 13 litres
Seat height 800mm
Bike weight 175kg
Front suspension 41mm USD forks, adjustable for preload
Rear suspension Single shock, adjustable for preload
Front brake 320mm discs with four piston radial caliper. Cornering ABS
Rear brake 220mm disc with single-piston caliper. Cornering ABS
Front tyre size 110/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 150/60 x 17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 69 mpg
Annual road tax £84
Annual service cost -
New price £6,500
Used price -
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two years

Top speed & performance

Max power 47 bhp
Max torque 32 ft-lb
Top speed 118 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 197 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

  • 2024: Aprilia RS457 launched

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