The future is only getting better for European sportbike enthusiasts. With the current onslaught of exotic looking big-bore sportbikes like Ducati’s 1098, MV’s F4R and KTM’s soon-to-be-released RC8, the boys from Noale, Italy are about to enter the new age with their replacement to the long in the tooth V-Twin powered RSV1000R.
Enter the all-new RSV 4, Aprilia’s new liter-class superbike. The RSV 4 was released today, February 22, 2008, to 1,200 dealers at the International Piaggio Group Convention in Milan, Italy.
The machine’s heart will be a compact, 65-degree V-Four (the company’s first production four-cylinder engine), designed completely in-house by Aprilia’s R&D department. The Italian company claims that the new engine was designed specifically for superbike competition, a racing segment that Aprilia has yet to have captured a major world championship in.
The bike will utilize advanced electronics and engine management technologies including a ride-by-wire system that will allow the engine to put out over 200-horsepower in race trim. The liberal use of high-end materials and electronic technologies will allow them to maximize both ride-ability and overall power output.
We can expect the RSV 4 to make its road debut later this year. Aprilia projects the bike to make its way to U.S. dealers in 2009 with a goal of it entering AMA Superbike competition in 2010. Aprilia has yet to release any pricing details.