THE FACTORY WORKS PROJECT MAKES A SPECIAL, HIGH-PERFORMANCE RANGE OF BIKES AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC.

The history of the Aprilia RSV4 is one of the most sporting and victorious ever for a single model in the factory derivative category. From 2009 to the present, this extraordinary Italian V4 has collected seven world titles in the World Superbike championship, winning both the FIM CUP Superstock 1000 Rider and Manufacturer titles in 2015.

Aprilia Racing – Piaggio Group’s most advanced brand, launched the “Factory Works” programme last year to make the same technology developed for the world champion bike available to anyone who wants to compete in top level factory derivative championships or for those who only want to have an RSV4 with optimised performance for track use. The programme includes the RSV4 “Factory Works” bikes developed in compliance with the Superstock and Superbike championship regulations in different countries, with various levels of chassis, electronics and engine modifications.

In 2017, this extraordinary project will reach a new peak, introducing an even more powerful version of the RSV4, called the FW-GP, fitted with the V4 with engine bore taken to 81 mm and pneumatic valve timing, a configuration similar to the one that Aprilia raced officially in the 2015 MotoGP world championship. Therefore, Aprilia Racing is the first company to make all the technology developed in MotoGP available to the public.

Romano Albesiano, Aprilia Racing Technical Manager comments on the new and extraordinary initiative: “Aprilia Racing has always competed in the most selective world speed championships, like MotoGP, in order to acquire experience and to develop technologies that we can also apply to the factory product. The RSV4 is the best example of the close collaboration between the racing world and production. With the Factory Works programme, Aprilia Racing now offers something more, something truly unique – the chance to own a real racing bike. Different levels of sophistication are available: it starts with an RSV4 optimised for the track, moving on to the SSTK version (exactly like the bike that dominated the 2015 Superstock 1000 FIM Cup) all the way to a real Superbike. For 2017 we decided to push further, making an extreme RSV4 configuration available, fitted with an engine that has pneumatic valve timing. With the FW-GP, Aprilia Racing provides its customers, not only with the technology developed in MotoGP but also with special treatment in terms of information, support and fine-tuning of the bike before, during and after the purchase, just like the riders have who race with Aprilia Racing, in order to allow them to take maximum advantage of this exceptional bike’s full potential.”

All of the versions start with the 2017 Aprilia RSV4 RR Race Pack motorcycle.

RSV4 R FW-SSTK1

Aprilia RSV4 with Race Pack (Öhlins suspension systems and forged wheel rims).

A standard electrical system with an ultra lightweight lithium battery.

Standard electronics ECU reprogrammed in Race version, engine control and vehicle dynamics map made in Aprilia Racing.

Reprogrammed instrumentation, predisposed for lap times if combined with the V4-MP system. This system is the multimedia platform with which Aprilia introduces telemetry that provides, among other things, “corner by corner” adjustment of the RSV4’s electronic settings.

Optimised and lightened braking system with ABS eliminated

Lightened factory engine, with no thermostat and secondary air circuit, with cooling circuit lines. Akrapovic exhaust kit, fairings kit and complete engine optimisation.

RSV4 R FW-SSTK2

Aprilia RSV4 with Race Pack (Öhlins suspension systems and forged wheel rims).

Racing electrical system lightened and simplified with a dedicated vehicle and engine wiring harness and lithium battery. APX2 ECU made by Aprilia Racing, fully programmable ignition and engine control parameters using the included palmtop terminal. The ECU includes the data acquisition system, with the possibility of using both original sensor or optional sensors available and permitted by Superstock 1000 FIM Cup regulations. Special Aprilia Racing instrumentation. Unique engine with Aprilia Racing mods. Akrapovic exhaust kit and fairings kit. Maximum power reaches 204 HP.

RSV4 R-FW SBK

Aprilia RSV4 with Race Pack (Öhlins suspension systems and forged wheel rims).

Racing electrical system lightened and simplified with a dedicated vehicle and engine wiring harness and lithium battery.

APX2 ECU made by Aprilia Racing, fitted with GPS module, fully programmable ignition and engine control parameters using the included palmtop terminal. The ECU includes the data acquisition system with a telemetry sensors kit available as optional equipment.

Special Aprilia Racing instrumentation with racing button panel.

Electronic gearbox with assisted downshift feature (blipper).

Special Aprilia Racing instrumentation.

Unique engine with SBK mods ‘made by Aprilia Racing’. Maximum power reaches 215 HP.

RSV4 R FW-GP

The starting point is the top of the range RSV4 R FW SBK, but the Aprilia V4 engine, derived from the unit in the RS-GP 15, has 81 mm bore and pneumatic valve timing to guarantee maximum power of more than 250 HP.

These customers will receive truly special treatment: they are invited to the Aprilia Racing headquarters in Noale to sign the contract, partly so that they can select the ideal configuration for their needs and budget along with our engineers. During preparation of the bike, they will receive “live” images of the outfitting progress, and they have a telephone line and address available for any other needs, both of which remain active subsequently to receive information or request support. The bike is hand delivered by Aprilia Racing engineers with collection, if desired, at Noale. The customers also have the right to receive Aprilia Racing branded full track leathers and a paddock pass for an entire MotoGP Grand Prix weekend. Additionally, owners will receive an invitation to participate in an Aprilia track day, where Aprilia Racing engineers can adjust the bike’s settings based on their riding needs.

The engineers will then provide the best possible technical tips to take full advantage of the RSV4 FW-GP’s mechanical and electronic potential. In any case, an Aprilia Racing engineer will always be at the track, any time the customer wants to use the FW-GP.

The Factory Works programme includes technical training aimed at providing all the information required to best adapt the bike to the rider and circuit characteristics, as well as a test session on the track with the Aprilia Racing test team to ensure that the technical enhancements are set up correctly.

In the individual web area www.serviceaprilia.com/public/racing, riders, collectors and teams can access the exclusive world of the Aprilia “Factory Works” racing bikes and receive further information and more technical details on the RSV4 machines prepared by Aprilia Racing.

Transcribed from a wordy Italian press release. Hopefully, it all makes sense!

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22-01-2017