Aprilia RS457 launched as A2 license-friendly ripper

Aprilia is taking on the likes of the Yamaha R3 and Kawasaki Ninja 400 with the latest member of the RS family 

Aprilia RS 457 - side

A2 license holders have a new fully-faired, sporty motorcycle thanks to the launch of the much anticipated Aprilia RS 457.

Spotted undergoing final testing alongside the V100-based Moto Guzzi Stelvio - another Piaggio Group product - the final version is now here for the world to see. As expected, its styling closely follows that of the bigger, more expensive RS660. There are differences, but you have to be looking closely to spot them. 

Further echoing the RS 660, the RS 457 (whose name was previously expected to be RS 440) features an aluminium frame that uses the engine’s crankcase as a stressed member of the chassis. This sets the Aprilia apart from rivals such as the Yamaha R3, Kawasaki Ninja 400 and Honda CBR 500R, all of which use steel frames. 

To that frame is mounted a 41mm fork providing 120mm of travel, while at the rear, the monoshock gives 130mm of travel. Up front, braking is dealt with via a single 320mm disc squeezed by a four-piston calliper, with a single-piston calliper at the rear married to a 220mm rotor. You get two-channel ABS which is switchable, working on either both wheels or only the front. 

While we’re poking around the bottom of the bike, we’re looking at 17-inch wheels at both ends, wrapped in 110/70 tyres at the front and 150/60 at the rear. 

Powering all this is - as per the RS 457’s aforementioned main rivals - a liquid-cooled parallel twin. It produces 47bhp, the limit for A2-category bikes, and breathes out of a neat two-into-one, underbelly-mounted exhaust. The RS 457 should feel brisk enough despite the modest power output, weighing 159kg dry, or 175kg with fluids. 

On the tech front, there’s a ride-by-wire throttle to give a trio of riding modes and three levels of traction control, plus the option to turn it off entirely. A quickshifter is available as an accessory, although we don’t know how much for just yet.

[H2] Aprilia RS 457 price and availability

Speaking of money, we’re still waiting for Aprilia to say how much the RS 457 will cost, and when it can be ordered. It’d be sensible to expect first deliveries to take place at some point in 2024, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see a price in excess of £7,000, given the bike’s more exotic makeup compared to rivals like the £6,599 Honda CBR 500R, and the fact that the Aprilia RS 660 is £10,300.