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Aprilia unveils updated RSV4 RR and RF

One second a lap faster, says Aprilia

APRILIA has just revealed the latest, updated version of its RSV4 superbike at Intermot. It features new Ohlins suspension, a new braking system and electronics package that makes it one second a lap faster than the previous model, according to Aprilia.

The RSV4 has a new version of the APRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) electronics package, with the inertial measurement unit being repositioned on the bike to make it more accurate. The ride-by-wire throttle system has also been refined to eliminate all unnecessary components, resulting in a claimed weight saving of 590 grams.

The APRC’s traction control is now adjustable while riding, without the need to close the throttle. It also uses a new algorithm to make it more precise. The wheelie control has also been made more precise, and can also be adjusted on the fly, without having to close the throttle.

The RSV4’s ALC (Aprilia Launch Control) has also been refined to make it more effective.

The quickshifter now allows clutchless downshifts, with the throttle open and the 2017 RSV4 also has a pitlane limiter and cruise control.

Both the RSV4 RR and RSV4 RF come with cornering ABS as standard.

Each model also gets a colour TFT instrument display and a new version of Aprilia’s V4-MP smartphone datalogging and corner-by-corner calibration platform, which now allows riders to accept and make phone calls.

Engine-wise, the bike gets a new exhaust system, a new ECU and a 300 rpm increase in maximum revs. The higher rev limit means that Apriia has eliminated the variable intake ducts (to save a claimed 500g) – deeming them no longer necessary.

The pistons are also new and Aprilia says they’re lighter than before. The conrod heads have also been honed to reduce friction and the valve springs are also new, and designed to be more reliable under heavy load. The valve timing has also been optimised.

Chassis-wise, the RSV4 RF gets Ohlins NIX forks and an Ohlins TTX shock absorber. Both models also receive updates to their braking systems, specifically 5mm thick and 330mm diameter discs, and Brembo M50 monobloc calipers.

The 2017 RSV4 RR gets two new colour schemes called grigio Bucine and nero Ascari, which are both matt-finish on a grey base. The RSV4 RF gets different graphics.

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