Aprilia and Ducati are locking heads in the battle for the most powerful and aerodynamically advanced V4 superbike, and the result is this new RSV4 1100 Factory – the top-spec new superbike from Noale.
Designed to go up against Ducati's Panigale V4 R, Aprilia are making their range-topper the bigger capacity new Factory - bedecked with GP-derived wings.
The new engine is actually 1078cc, with the 52.3mm stroke remaining the same, while the bore increases to 81mm (from 78) to effect the capacity hike.
A secondary oil jet also helps to keep temperatures down, while it also gets new intake timing, and longer fifth and sixth gear ratios. The redline kicks in at 13,600rpm, with peak power of 214bhp arriving at 13,200rpm.
But the big benefit of those extra cubes is to the torque delivery, which Aprilia say has increased by 10% across the rev range compared the RR’s 999.6cc engine, peaking at 90lbft at 11,000rpm.
While this is a benefit for drive out of slow corners on track, it’ll be even more of a boost on the road. The Factory also gets a lovely titanium Akrapovic as standard, which Aprilia say it significantly lighter than their stock exhaust.
Built with racers in mind
For the racers amongst us, the full range of adjustability remains, with owners able to change the position of the engine in the frame, as well as altering the headstock angle, swingarm pivot height, and twiddle to infinity with the fully adjustable suspension.
The Factory has had some tweaks already, with a new head angle and yoke offset shortening the wheelbase by 4mm, and 5mm more travel available from the Öhlins NIX fork. The swingarm has also been made stiffer for better torsional flex.
Up front the Brembo M50s are replaced by the new, smaller but more powerful Stylema calipers, and they even get carbon air ducts to control their temperature better under hard braking. Carbon also comprises the front fender, side fairing panels, exhaust guard and those lovely new wings.
Finally, the APRC electronics package gets its fourth incarnation with traction, wheelie, launch, and cruise control, as well as a pit limiter, two-way quickshifter, multimap cornering ABS, three rider modes (Sport, Track, Race) and full control via the switchgear and multi-screen full colour TFT dash that also supports multimedia connectivity.
It’s almost guaranteed to be one of the best superbikes ever built – yet few consider Aprilia when buying one compared to a Ducati, BMW or Japanese competitor, and that’s a shame.
Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory facts
- Engine 1078cc liquid-cooled V4
- Performance 214bhp / 90lbft
- Weight 199kg (kerb)
- Seat height 851mm
- Price £21,499