You’ll be disappointed if you had already started dreaming about buying the Aprilia RSV4 X, because this ultra exclusive bike is intended to be sold to only 10 people, one of them being Max Biaggi, and another being Andrea Iannone.
And the remaining eight machines were sold within a few hours, even at the RSV4 X’s US$44,000 (€40,000) steep price tag. So even if you want one, you can’t have one.
Owning an RSV4 X will be a dream of every superbike enthusiast. The RSV4 platform may apparently be getting quite old, having made its debut way back in 2008, but it was the raciest road bike seen at the time, and still its unmatched when it comes to the extreme degrees of chassis tuneability. Certainly, with a few engine tweaks and suspension evolutions it still is an extreme machine on both the road and the track alike. And with the RSV4 X, Aprillia takes things to a completely new level.
Thanks to carbon fairings, sufficient number of bits of billet aluminum and a lightweight tank, it now has a staggering low dry weight of 165 kg (364 lb). For reference, the bikes in the World Superbike races should weigh not less then 168 kg (370 lb) at any given time, including the remaining fuel in them, even at the end of a race.
Additionally, with its titanium/carbon Akrapovic exhaust, high-flow air filter, a tailored ECU mapping and some tweaks in the valve train, all these features team up to push the already extravagant power from 217 horses on the standard RSV4 up to an even crazy 225 horses, from its 1078 cc V4 motor. With its power to weight ration of 1.36 this thing has one of the most extreme power-to-weight ratios ever seen in a production racing machine.
Now coming to the new feature which Aprilia calls the “Aprilia No Neutral” system, in which the unorthodox sequence of gear shifting, with the neutral below the first gear instead of between the first and the second gears is introduced. Ending the chances of accidentally going neutral, when shifting between the first and the second gears. It’s directly derived from Moto GP racing, and just like on the race bikes, its safe to assume that there might be some extra lever or something to put the bike into the neutral.
Brembo has also debuted its latest brake calipers the GP4-MS on the RSV4 X, which remain shrouded by the cooling airflow elements in these pics. Thankfully many of the X’s fancy stuff can be bought as accessories for the RSV4 1100 Factory, but the brakes and the crazy gearbox will remain exclusive to the RSV4 X only, at least for the time being.
Mr Biaggi was enchanted to accept the first production RSV4 X, and didnt wait even for a moment to take it to Mugello for a couple of days on the racetrack. His expressions about the bike were, “the sensations are exactly like those of a racing bike, and as soon as I got on it, i felt like I had never quit racing.” It seems that at least a two of these machines will have their rubbers swallowed by the racetracks a couple of times before maybe ending up in the collections of some rich guys.
Source : Aprilia/Piaggio