2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC First Look

October 2, 2012
Adam Waheed
By Adam Waheed
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Max Biaggi sits aboard Aprilia’s 2013-spec RSV4 Factory APRC sportbike unveiled at Germany’s Intermot motorcycle show.

Aprilia has something special in the works for 2013 with its updated RSV4 Factory APRC. Revealed today at Germany’s Intermot motorcycle show the ’13 machine sports a few mechanical and electronic updates to boost performance on track.
In terms of braking, the RSV4 wears new generation Brembo M50 front brake calipers similar to what Ducati employs on its 1199 Panigale. Trickled down from MotoGP competition the calipers are not only stronger but lighter too, which will add to the RSV4’s already impressive braking capabilities. Also of note is the fitment of an adjustable, multi-mode ABS system engineered in collaboration with Bosch. Like many of the Bosch-designed sportbike systems the ABS function can be manually disabled if the rider chooses.
On the street, range between fill-ups is always an issue based on the fuel thirsty nature of its 999cc V-Four engine. Aprilia is attempting to solve the problem by increasing capacity of the fuel tank (no exact specification was released yet but the 2010-2012 models have a 4.49 gallon tank). The shape of the tank was also been modified for improved rider interaction.

The power output of the engine has also been boosted slightly. Aprilia claims the new engine spec pumps out four additional horsepower and is now rated at 184 horses (measured at the crankshaft). Peak torque sees a roughly 2% increase. Lastly, the programming of its class-leading Aprilia Ride Control electronics suite (includes traction control, quickshifter and adjustable engine power modes—find out more in the Aprilia RSV4 APRC Traction Control Comparison) has been updated for improved functionality. As of this post, it is unclear when the bike will land Stateside or what price it will carry.