As part of 2018 updates to the RSV4, Aprilia has given it a racing package, design revisions and winglets on the fairing.
Aprilia’s Factory Works never fails to make the Noale firm’s bikes irresistible. just when you think a particular model can’t get any better, Aprilia unveils another update which pushes the bike far ahead than it currently is.
For 2018, the Program has updated the Aprilia RSV4 RF to offer more power, lesser weight, and new maps for the control unit. The RSV4 now comes with an optional SSTK1 package, which boosts the power output to 215 hp at the crank. The SSTK1 kit includes new pistons, different head, a racing exhaust system and a recalibrated ECU. The Factory Works program also sees the RSV4 lose 10 kg of weight.
Perhaps the most radical change to the V4 superbike is the addition of winglets. Aprilia prefers the term ‘Aerodynamic Appendages’ for them, but winglets they are. These additions are developed by Aprilia’s factory motorsports arm, Aprilia Racing, which was originally developed for the RS-GP MotoGP bike. Now you can have all the MotoGP aerodynamic goodness on the road bike.
The superstock RSV4 is handbuilt by Aprilia Factory Race technicians in their Noale plant, and is road-legal as well as trackworthy. In addition to the SSTK1 racing package, it also benefits from Aprilia’s impressive suite of electronic rider aid systems.
The RSV4 just keeps getting better and better every year. However, the 2018 update seems mild in comparison to what Ducati did at 2017 EICMA with the all-new Panigale V4 and Speciale. Perhaps Aprilia has an ace up its sleeve? It could very well be speculated that the update has only refreshed the RSV4 for 2018 model year, because Aprilia is planning for a major revamp to its flagship superbike for the next season. Only time will reveal the fate of the RSV4. Until then, we are still happy with the 215 hp, winglet-laden SBK.