If you wanted to sum up the RSV4 RF in a few words, “focused” or “compact” would be a good start. It’s streamlined and physically tiny. The dohc, V4 powerplant holds its cylinders at a 65-degree angle, and puts the RSV4 into motorcycling’s elite 200bhp club by producing a claimed maximum of 201bhp at 13,000rpm. The current unit’s key updates were forged on the track, including large-diameter inlet valves, lightweight camshafts and connecting rods, and CNC-machined combustion chambers.
In Aprilia tradition the chassis is based on a stiff, twin-spar aluminium frame, with racy steering geometry for agility, and a long swing-arm for stability and traction. State-of-the-art electronics incorporates adjustable anti-wheelie and traction control, governed by Bosch’s sophisticated lean-angle sensor. The RF features premium Öhlins suspension and lightweight forged aluminium wheels. Some markets also get a lower spec RSV4 R but for the UK it’s full-Factory only.