The 2021 RSV4 Factory 1100 is Aprilia’s top-of-the-line superbike, as close to a race bike as a consumer can buy. A new double-fairing design eliminates the need for external winglets while improving engine cooling and downforce critical for stable high-speed performance. The RSV4 Factory is the ultimate expression of the 2021 Aprilia lineup, and it will be available in the US starting from March and in Canada starting April 2021.
The heart of any superbike is its engine, and for 2021 Aprilia bumps the displacement from 1,077 to 1,099cc, claiming an output of 217 BHP. What they call the bike’s “narrow V-4” is most likely another iteration of their well-tested 65-degree V-4.
While the larger TFT dash and slick, three-LED headlight that lights up the inside of a turn will no doubt attract attention from riders who expect those things to appear on new models. The most important upgrades come from the Aprilia Performance Ride Control (APRC) system, which gets a new Marelli ECU and six-axis inertial system. Three track modes join three street modes, and riders can customize two and one of the modes, respectively. While the chassis remains largely the same, the swingarm has been lightened and redesigned thanks to Aprilia’s MotoGP experience, better allowing the rider to take advantage of the Ride-by-Wire modes, traction, and wheelie control, ABS, and other electronic aids.
The Italian-made RSV4 Factory 1100 comes equipped with Brembo Stylema brakes, forged aluminum wheels, and a semi-active Ohlins Smart EC 2.0 suspension. Ergonomics are improved thanks to a newly-designed fuel tank and seat, which Aprilia says allows the rider to take a more natural, relaxed riding position. The more wallet-friendly RSV4 RR lacks the high-end parts of the Factory.
The RSV4 Factory starts at $25,999 USD / $27,495 CAD. The RSV4 starts at $18,999 USD / $20,995 CAD.
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Price: $25,999 USD / $27,495 CAD
Three riding modes for street, plus three for the track
The RSV4 is also available in a Factory option. Common to both is the revamped V4 1099cc engine, but the Factory version sports standard elements such as forged aluminium wheel rims, an Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 semi-active suspension system and Brembo Stylema brake callipers.
The definitive Superbike
The RSV4 is not merely a motorcycle. It is the embodiment of simply incredible design in a sector brimming with extraordinary technology and exemplifies what can be achieved through the experience and know-how of a racing department with a long history of creating winning vehicles
A magnificent 217 horsepower
The RSV4 comes in Dark Losail, while the Factory version is available in a choice of Aprilia Black and Lava Red. Whichever model you choose, however, you’ll enjoy the revamped V4 1099cc engine and a revisited chassis that has been fine-tuned to accommodate riders of all shapes and sizes.
Setting the benchmark in the Hypernaked category
The only Hypernaked powered by a 65° V4 engine, it stands alone in terms of power and other characteristics. When it comes to outstanding performance, nothing changes for the 1077cc V4 from Northern Italy, after all, why change a winning game? Its 175hp and 121Nm mean it dominates the category, helped in no small way by the perfectly-judged balance between the chassis structure and electronics package.
The new design comes courtesy of intensive research into the bike’s aerodynamics. The style was inspired by the ultra-modern RS 660, while the curves, the output of wind tunnel testing, allow for an impressively low resistance coefficient, resulting in a significant and exhilarating increase in performance at high speeds.
Performance first and foremost
Improved ergonomics come in the form of a new fuel tank and saddle that sees the rider perfectly placed with respect to the fairings, increased room and a more natural riding position. Making life in the saddle even easier are more intuitive electric controls, a new and larger TFT instrument panel and the new Marelli 11MP ECU that provides improved control of the Ride-By-Wire throttle.