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2011 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE First Look

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
2011 Aprilia RSV4 APRC SE
Aprilia's new 2011 RSV4 Factory APRC SE.
The boys from Noale, Italy, are back at it once again, this time updating the World Championship-winning RSV4 Factory with a host of new goodies for 2011, introducing a new top-of-the-line model dubbed the Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE.

So what does APRC stand for? Aprilia Performance Ride Control. And what does it do? It's a self-adjusting electronics system that utilizes wheel speed sensors and a host of other parameters to provide the rider with wheelie control, launch control and variable traction control that is able to adapt to different types of tires – basically, it’s the TC system off of Max Biaggi’s world-beating World Superbike, just adapted for street use.

This advanced electronics system features eight different traction control settings and is called ATC (Aprilia Traction Control). The sophisticated system runs in conjunction with the ride-by-wire throttle that the RSV4 Factory already has as standard to not only be able to reduce torque when the rear wheel spins but also let the rider control the exact amount of rear tire slippage on corner exit. The system can also be adjusted on the fly via a toggle on the left handlebar and does so instantaneously, giving the rider the ability to use multiple different settings during a single lap if so desired.

2011 Aprilia RSV4 APRC SE
The mode selector on the left handlebar controls the traction, wheelie and launch control features on the new Italian V-Four. The launch control is a first for any production sportbike.
The RSV4 has three different APW (Aprilia Wheelie Control) and APL (Aprilia Launch Control) modes as well, while the new Special Edition machine also gets a quick-shifter as standard to allow for full-throttle up-shifts with a simple dab of the left foot. A first for a production sportbike of any kind, the launch control system allows the rider to essentially pin the throttle and let out the clutch with haste while the engine management controls the rest with the aim of getting the best possible launch. The system is “armed” when the rider squeezes both traction control buttons on the left handlebar when at a complete stop and it features three different settings that, like the rest of the bike's systems, can be adjusted independently each other. This technology has only been seen on top-level racebikes for the past few years, so to have it available on a street-legal production machine this quickly is quite remarkable.

Because Aprilia realizes that this machine is designed for the track as much as it is the street, the instrument cluster features two totally different settings, Road and Race, allowing the rider to toggle between two optimal setups, one for each environment, with a simple push of a button. In terms of changes to the machine’s actual hardware, the RSV4 SE keeps the same 65-degree V-Four powerplant as the previous Factory model, though it now features a new exhaust that is claimed to be lighter
2011 Aprilia RSV4 APRC SE
A new exhaust system is both lighter and produces more power, while Aprilia and Pirelli have teamed up to develop a new dual-compound 200/55-17 rear tire designed specifically for the RSV4 APRC SE.
and produce slightly more power. Internal gear ratios are also “optimized for track use,” likely meaning they are closer together and feature a taller first gear, though exact details have not yet been released.

A new 200/55-17 rear tire has been specially designed for the RSV4 APRC by fellow Italians Pirelli, featuring a dual-compound design aimed to give riders a capable tire for both aggressive street and track use. Rounding out the changes is a slightly updated paint scheme, featuring the traditional Aprilia black/red but with an added green and white accent to the lower. This special "Tricolour" livery as they call it is symbolic of the Italian flag and pays tribute to Max Biaggi and his recent world championship aboard the machine.

Pricing and availability have yet to be announced, though we expect it to be a few thousand more than the current RSV4 Factory, which retails for $26,599. Check back for updates as we will post additional details as soon as they become available.
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Necroscope -Can't wait  October 29, 2010 07:11 AM
Looks like it is off to the Aprilia dealer and trade in the RSV4 Factory
Irish_13 -personalization  October 17, 2010 04:00 PM
The RSV 4 Factory is an amazing machine, and the APRC SE has even more for the "alone on the track" street rider, except for color. more and more top of the line, power house liter bikes, available for sale to the public only come in one color scheme. To me having another end of the spectrum option would be awesome, becasue if I plan on spending 26k on a bike, I should be able to get it in the color I want, or at least close to it; etting it repainted after purchase seems like abuse, and I really do like the idea of a white cholor scheme. Hopefully Aprilia will hear and offer another option, but I won't hold my breath.
Mcguire -sewer rat  October 13, 2010 03:34 PM
Mona I think you are too late. I would love to win one of these on a scratch off. I have a 9 year old RSV R Millie with the Olins suspension and OZ wheels and it has been a horse. 20 thousand trouble free miles. I never have heard anyone comment about the reliability of the engines since they started making all of them in house. They still use the Rotax motor in the Tuno
Mona Littlemoore -Not my real name  October 13, 2010 08:53 AM
I have only been riding for three years, so maybe it will come in due time. But I have never even remotely entertained the slightest inkling of a sliver of a thought that I may need launch control. The sad irony is that the guy who can afford this bike has no friends to race. So I hope this bike has a data logger too so he can go back to his computer and compare the different launch stats and brag about it online. I have to go now before posting online turns me gay.
Shaitan -SWEEEEEEEET  October 13, 2010 08:36 AM
Now that's a bike! Floats like a butterfly...stings like a bee!
GhostRider -How Much???  October 13, 2010 05:43 AM
The list-prices for sportbikes these days are crazy... costing more than a lot of cars on the market! I remember when you could buy an open-class bike for about $8k and still feel like you stole it! But that was a long time ago, right!? Today's machines aren't worth buying NEW until they sit on the showroom floor for a while or buying them slightly used! The Aprilia is a sweet looking machine and the mouth-watering performance of the current sportbike crop is an aggressive street/track rider's dream! I wonder if they will offer the new Aprilia with a white color livery??? I want one!
GG -amazing technology  October 12, 2010 12:44 PM
That's ridiculous technology...MotoGP stuff from just a few seasons ago. I'm glad everyone is selling it to the public now.

FYI, the Factory RSV4 currently retails for $20,999...so the $26k price will more than likely be for the APRC SE version.
superbikewill -thats alot a LIRA..  October 12, 2010 12:26 PM
....for a bike.
KK -sick  October 12, 2010 09:59 AM
such a sick bike. probably one of the best sounding bikes out there