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aprilia RSV4 RF


Starting from the top, the 65° V4 has an air box with filtering elements perpendicular to the air flow, studied with sophisticated CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) systems in order to minimise load losses and maximum pressure in the intake ducts. The upper injectors are new, whereas the variable setting intake ducts were redesigned to the benefit of an even wider range of management in terms of their travel As with previous models, each bank has a dedicated servo unit actuating the two throttle bodies of that bank only. In order to improve the fluid dynamic performance, the heads were redesigned with intake and output ducts that have new geometries and contouring on the ends machined by a numerically controlled tool. The combustion chambers are no longer obtained through a fusion process but by a finer, numerically controlled machining process. In order to improve reliability and precision under extreme loads the height of the valve seat seals was increased and the internal cooling and oil discharge circuit were consequently modified. The heads now have a triple layer of gaskets. The timing system confirms the innovative mixed chain and gear kinematics of the Aprilia V4 (with the chain camshaft driving only the intake camshaft, which in turn drives the exhaust camshaft via a gear) which allows for extremely compact heads especially in the area beneath the frame spars, much narrower than would otherwise be possible. In order to increase the maximum rotation speed a painstaking study was conducted on lightening the parts in motion of the elements included in the heads. All four valves are now in precious and lightweight titanium (the intake valves are oversized at 33 mm); the valve springs are completely new and the relative tappets and caps were lightened. The camshafts have a brand new profile and were lightened by a whole 600 grams. Moving farther downward, the crankshaft now has connecting rod pins reduced to 36 mm in diameter with 450 grams more weight, while the Pankl connecting rods are lighter by a total of 400 grams.

As in previous models, the monobloc crankcase with integrated aluminium cylinder liners ensures maximum rigidity and consistent performance. The upper half of the engine case is now made with a new shell fusion and has been lightened (-1.3 Kg) and reinforced; it also now has an optimised ventilation system in order to reduce power loss due to air pressure inside the engine crankcase. The lubrication system has also been redesigned and optimised. A brand new oil sump ensures increased draught no matter what position the engine is in (for example in the most extreme leans or in maximum acceleration/deceleration conditions) despite the oil level being decreased in order to decrease friction. The "rose pipe" is also new (oil pump intake duct), now equipped with a new overpressure valve and a filter in an optimised position. The piston cooling oil nozzles were also replaced and the gearbox now has a valve regulated direct hydraulic lubrication circuit. The latter uses lightened drive shafts and gears (-0.35 Kg), a lightened primary drive (-0.1 Kg) and takes advantage of ratios which have been optimised to fully exploit the increased engine power. The entire exhaust system has also been completely redesigned with revamped electronic valve management, now equipped with two oxygen sensors (one per bank), while a more powerful ECU contributes to more precise management of the engine in the area of maximum rotation achievable.

Engine Type

Aprilia longitudinal 65 V-4 cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid cooling system, double overhead camshafts (DOHC), four valves per cylinder

Displacement CC


Bore X Stroke

78 x 52.3 mm

Compression Ratio


Max Power Output

201 HP (148 kW) at 13,000 rpm

Max Torque

115 Nm at 10,500 rpm

Fuel Tank Capacity

18.5 L



Transmission Type

6-speed cassette type gearbo

Kerb Weight

180 kg

Tyre Size Front

120/70 ZR 17

Tyre Size Rear

200/55 ZR 17 (alternative: 190/50 ZR 17; 190/55 ZR 17)

Brakes Type Front

Dual 320-mm diameter floating stainless steel disc with lightweight stainless steel rotor and aluminium flange with 6 pins. Brembo M430 monobloc radial callipers with 4  30 mm opposing pistons. Sintered pads. Radial pump and metal braided brake hose

Brakes Type Rear

220 mm diameter disc; Brembo calliper with two  32 mm separate pistons. Sintered pads. Pump with integrated tank and metal braided hose