Aprilia’s winglet-shod, 217hp 2021 RSV4 breaks cover

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The 2021 Aprilia RSV4

SUPERBIKE fans are in for a treat this year as Aprilia’s flagship RSV4 has some all new goodies and gadgets for 2021.

The Italian marque, with three World SBK riders titles and four manufacturers championships to its name, pulled the wraps off its top big bike contender for this year, and it’s sporting some serious kit – with stats to boot.

With styling drawn from the yet-to-be-race-tested RS660, the new RSV4 has been wind-tunnel tested to help increase both airbox pressure and stability.

Winglets are built into the double-wall fairings, which both keeps things steady at high speeds and boosts engine cooling, while a new fuel tank is said to allow riders to grip the bike in a more comfortable and ergonomic position in full tuck.

When it comes to electronics, the machine now boasts a Marelli 11MP ECU and a new, six-axis inertial platform, with improved ride-by-wire and APRC operation to add to six riding modes, from road to race.

Aprilia claims their blue riband beast is the first mass-produced, high performance narrow V4 in the world and despite the Euro 5 emissions approval, it has gained more torque with a power output of 217hp thanks to a boost from 1077 to 1099cc for 2021.

Two versions will be available, both the standard RSV4 and the RSV4 Factory – with the latter sporting forged aluminium rims, semi-active Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 suspension and Brembo Stylema brake calipers.

UK Clubsport understands that most club and road racing championships across Britain are set to welcome the 1099cc RSV4 into their big bike and open ranks.

Aprilia has not yet released prices for the 2021 model, but we’ll have it here when they do…

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