Aprilia was first to launch its new metal ahead of the EICMA show in Milan next week, with the Noale factory unveiling the 2019 RSV4 1100 Factory. Murmurings of an 1100 have been bubbling away for the while now, and many site this as a middle finger salute to their buddies in Bologna.
Needless to say, the big news is that cubic hike to 1078cc thanks to new 81mm pistons and a bigger bore (up from 78mm), while the stroke remains at 52.3mm – a solution pinched from the Tuono. There’s a new oil pump, taller 5th and 6th gears, and the Marelli 7SM ECU features a new map and a reduced 13,600rpm redline. And that’s about the summary of the engine updates, save for that sexual road-legal Akrapovic exhaust.
The RSV4 has always been known for its sexy handling and we doubt a few extra ponies will upset its cornering prowess. Aprilia has decreased the offset by 2mm and the wheelbase has been reduced by 4mm, which brings the front-end closer to the pilot and more weight on the nose. Now it’s going to be even sharper and more agile, and weighs just 199kg (kerb).
There’s also an additional 5mm of fork travel (125mm in all) which is exactly what the bike needed to bring more feel to that innately stiff chassis, while the swingarm has been stiffened for precision. Brembo Stylema calipers – previously only reserved for the Panigale V4 – now adorn the 1100 Factory, along with factory-looking carbon ducts that feed air into the braking system. Brilliant for the morning commute on the M25.
And talking of carbon, the fairings and those winglets are all carbon. It’s a bit of a shame there’s no change to those now archaic aesthetics (well over 10 years old now) although the 2019 Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory does look mighty fine in these pics from Imola. And the price? Not confirmed yet, but we’ve been told it’s far less than you think it should be.
Racers and purist lovers of 1000cc superbikes will be pleased to learn that Aprilia is still offering a 201bhp RR version, although it won’t feature any of the 1100’s Gucci upgrades. Only new paint and optional ‘track kit.’
We’ll be live from EICMA in Milan next week, so brace yourselves for an onslaught of 2019’s finest…