2021 Aprilia RSV4 spotted at Vallelunga track test

The 2021 re-boot of the Aprilia RSV4 has been spotted undergoing some on track testing at Vallelunga in Italy

THE 2021 update of the Aprilia RSV4 has been spotted at the Italian circuit of Vallelunga while undergoing testing. The bike is being ridden by as-yet-unnamed riders, although it seems to be in pretty much its finished form.

The updates to the bike this year are pretty wide-reaching, with the newly updated styling being the first that catches the eye. The new fairing design is closely related to the smaller RS660, with smaller headlights and LED DRLs flanking the fairing.

Aprilia RSV4 2019 Onboard

Aprilia RSV4 2019 Onboard

The bike retains the trademark MotoGP winglets, and for 2021 the engine will be 22cc larger than the outgoing model. One change for this year is the switch to integral winglets that form part of the fairing as opposed to being bolted on further down the production line. The new bike is claimed to be more slippery than the old, with improved stability at speed being the main payoff.

Power is up also, with the updated machine pumping out an impressive 214bhp, with torque also claimed to rise - although the lack of official figures point to this being a small increase.

The frame of the new model is the same as before, although it is mated to a new and improved rear swing arm that stiffer, thanks to a bottom brace, and lighter than the old version.

As with the previous generation of bikes, the RSV4 will come in two flavours, spicy (as stock) and extra spicy in the form of the Factory version. The Factory version is thought to be including an improved and more spacious cockpit, with revised fairing and some minor tweaks to the riding position.

Images from Luca Zucchero

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