Aprilia RSV4 APRC ABS SBK Special Edition

January 25, 2013
Adam Waheed
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Aprilia unveils a limited-edition RSV4 offering for U.S. and Canadian sportbike motorcyclists. The motorcycle will hit dealers in April, 2013.

In commemoration of its World Superbike championship-winning performance last year, Aprilia is releasing a limited-edition sportbike it dubs, the 2013 RSV4 APRC ABS SBK Special Edition. The new model gives Aprilia the honor of having the longest model nomenclature in recent memory. The sportbike will be available exclusively to U.S. and Canadian motorcyclists.

The machine will be based off the 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC, a motorcycle that will be available for worldwide wheelie-popping consumption. It will sport a new variation of Brembo’s monobloc caliper it calls the M430. The hardware will be linked to a newly designed multi-mode ABS system sourced from Bosch. Other electronic enhancements include updated traction control and wheelie control functionality. (Aprilia already has the best commercially-available traction control system to date, so it will be interesting to see how it compares—especially to the new ’13 BMW S1000RR HP4. Find out more in the 2012 Sportbike Traction Control Comparison).

Similarly to the ’13 Factory Edition the engine has internal mechanical hot rod tricks which squeeze out an additional four horsepower over last year’s bike (184 vs. 180—claimed). It will also roll on the latest variation of Pirelli’s fabulous Diablo Supercorsa SP high-performance street/trackday tires in a standard 120/70-17 front and wider profile 200/55-17 rear.

The way in which the rider interacts with the motorcycle has also been enhanced based on feedback from the factory World Superbike team. The shape of the fuel tank allows the rider to maintain better body stability during hard braking and the capacity has been increased by 0.31-gallon. The height of the seat has been reduced slightly by 0.19-inches, which will be a boon for shorter riders. Lastly the Special Edition bike will fly in the factory team’s livery. No word yet on pricing, but Aprilia claims the bike will be available in U.S. and Canadian dealers April, 2013.

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