Wing com­man­der

O Aprilia RSV4 gets wings and more mumbo

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Aprilia and Du­cati are lock­ing heads in the bat­tle for the most ad­vanced V4, and the re­sult is this new RSV4 1100 Fac­tory. While Du­cati’s R vari­ant is their halo su­per­bike, Aprilia are mak­ing their range-top­per the new big­ger­ca­pac­ity Fac­tory, com­plete with oblig­a­tory GP- de­rived wings.

The en­gine is ac­tu­ally 1078cc, with the 52.3mm stroke re­main­ing the same, while the bore in­creases to 81mm (from 78mm). It also gets new in­take tim­ing, and longer fifth and sixth gear ra­tios. The red­line kicks in at 13,600rpm, with the 214bhp peak at 13,200rpm.

But the big ben­e­fit of those ex­tra cubes is to the torque, which Aprilia say has in­creased by 10% across the range com­pared the RR’S 999.6cc en­gine, peak­ing at 90ftlb at 11,000rpm. The bike also gets a ti­ta­nium Akrapovic.

For the rac­ers amongst us, the full range of ad­justa­bil­ity re­mains, with own­ers able to change the po­si­tion of the en­gine in the frame, as well as al­ter­ing the head­stock an­gle, swingarm pivot height, and twid­dle to in­fin­ity with the fully ad­justable sus­pen­sion.

Gp-style wings, plus more cubes equals more power and torque

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