Aprilia’s swinging for the fences in this year’s Superbike Shootout with its up-spec RSV4. Read the review in the 2012 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC Track Comparison.
- The Aprilia surprised us by how hard it drives off corners.
- Editor Frankie Garcia would chose the Aprilia as his racebike because of the way it fits him.
- Superbike Smackdown IX Horsepower Comparison Chart
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- The RSV4 Factory APRC comes equipped with an electronic quickshifter off the showroom floor but it wasn’t quite as fast shifting as the aftermarket Bazzaz or Dynojet set-ups.
- The $2699.95 Akrapovic EVO2 Full Carbon Racing Exhaust Kit removed five pounds off the RSV4 but didn’t boost the powerband.
- Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC with kit Akrapovic racing exhaust available as an Aprilia accessory.
- The RSV4 is the most compact-feeling bike in this test truly offering 600 Supersport-like proportions.
- The RSV4 APRC awaits a fresh set of Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa racing tires.
- The RSV4 Factory APRC blew us away by how nimble it is.
- The Aprilia’s Brembo brakes proved to be very effective in terms of braking force even though they didn’t offer the highest lever feel.
- The RSV4 recorded high acceleration numbers out of turns.
- The cockpit of the RSV4 definitely favors riders of average or below height.
- That latest iteration of the Aprilia RSV4 sportbike offers excellent handling through all points of a turn.
- The Aprilia blew us away with how easy it steered into corners.
- Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC instruments.