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Aprilia RSV4 RF

Aprilia RSV4 RF is a bike with the last known price Rs. 24,94,575 in India. It had 1 variant and 1 colour. It and was powered by a 999.6 cc BS-IV engine. It came with anti-locking braking system and both front and rear disc brakes.

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Key specs
  • Displacement999.6 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight180 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 24,94,575

Aprilia RSV4 RF is now discontinued in India.

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Aprilia RSV4 RF Summary

RSV4 RF key highlights

Engine Capacity 999.6 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 180 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 18.5 litres
Seat Height 845 mm
Max Power 195.5 bhp

About RSV4 RF

To make it simple, the Aprilia RSV4 RF is a limited edition, more hard-core track version of the RSV4 RR. Yes, the RSV4 RR is already a track ready motorcycle but with the RF, Aprilia takes it one step ahead.

The Aprilia RSV4 RF features the same 999.6cc liquid cooled V4 engine as the RR. However, in the RF is tuned to produce 198.2bhp at 13,000rpm and 115Nm of torque at 10,500rpm. It is mated to a six-speed cassette type gearbox.

Suspension duties are handled by Öhlins fork with TIN surface treatment. It gets Adjustable spring preload and hydraulic compression and rebound damping at the front and Öhlins Racing monoshock with piggy-back, fully adjustable in: spring preload, wheelbase and hydraulic compression and rebound damping at the rear.

Braking is taken care off by dual 320mm diameter floating stainless steel disc with lightweight stainless steel rotor and Brembo M430 monobloc radial callipers up front, along with a 220mm diameter rear disc with a two piston Brembo calliper.

In terms of technology, it features Aprilia’s latest version of its race-developed APRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) system. APRC integrates the full ride-by-wire, multi-map, electronic-engine management system, which has three new engine mapping settings: S (Sport), T (Track), and R (Race). The corresponding engine-braking maps are new, as well, with engine-braking lessened at 6,000 rpm and beyond. The system also offers ATC (Aprilia Traction Control), AWC (Aprilia Wheelie Control), ALC (Aprilia Launch Control), AQS (Aprilia Quick Shift), and Race ABS.

The limited edition Aprilia RSV4 RF is only available in a single colour scheme and locks horns with the Ducati Panigale R in India.
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Aprilia RSV4 RF Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Sports a powerful V4 engine
    • Gets top-spec equipment
    • Known for its handling capabilities
  • Could be Better

    • Has limited service reach
    • Uncomfortable to ride in the city

BikeWale's Take

The RSV4 RF is the top-spec variant so it evidently gets the bell and whistles to match. There is Ohlins suspension and Brembo brakes that take it track-bike character a notch higher. It also gets an incredibly powerful V4 engine that is kept on leash with an array of electronic aids. However, the RSV4 can get uncomfortable to ride in the city thanks to an overheating engine and a large turning radius. It could also do better with a wider service network.

Aprilia RSV4 RF Review

We ride the hardcore Aprilia RSV4 RF and come away mighty impressed

What is it?

Why would I buy the Aprilia RSV4 RF?

Because it’s the closest one can get to a road-going race motorcycle

Why would I avoid the Aprilia RSV4 RF?

Because it’s made for the track and is too impractical for the road 

I have always loved sportbikes and it’s not without reason. Firstly it’s the looks that get you drooling, the mean stance simply arrest attention like no other. Then there’s the performance. Multiple cylinders and big horsepower available at the slightest twist of the wrist. Finally there’s the mindset. An aggressive, fast motorcycle will beg you to push it hard and there is no other way to enjoy but to ride it like you stole it. Yes it’s extremely demanding and not to mention draining, but the reward of nailing the apex and wheelie-ing out of that exit gives you the kind of satisfaction that is unparalleled. 

And that feeling is amplified when you have something madder than mad and faster than fast between your legs. We’re talking about the Aprilia RSV4 RF.

Now you already have the Aprilia RSV4 RR (which stands for Race Road) which is plenty mental with 200 plus bhp on tap, but for a purer racing experience Aprilia is also offering the RF (Race Factory) which comes with more exotic cycle parts like the lightweight forged aluminium wheels and Ohlin suspension (as compared to Sachs set-up on the RR). 

As for the design, the RSV4 has been a stunner since its inception and Aprilia has made very little changes to the overall design. The RF stands out thanks to a new dedicated ‘superpole’ black-red-silver livery. We loved the way the RSV4 RF looks and no matter what angle you look at it from, it’s a sure shot jaw dropper.

How does it ride?

To put it in simple words…like a bat out of hell! Well why won’t it? After all it puts out a mind numbing 201bhp and 115Nm of torque and weighs well under 200kg. Even without fidgeting with the electronics which in standard mode are the most intrusive, the RSV4 RF goes like a scud missile on steroids. If the throttle inputs aren’t measured, you just might end up in the grass or plastered on the rear bumper of the car ahead. But the more you ride it and figure out the motorcycles reactions, the easier it gets. 

Before you get moving, getting on the saddle requires some work. The saddle height is tall even for my 5 feet 9 inch frame which is not too short. Then there is the seat which is comfortable but wide which meant I could not sit flat footed and had to tip-toe the bike around which can be a chore during parking or at parking speeds. But once on the move it’s quite easy and the bike envelops you well.

Being a racing bike, the footrests are quite rearset and the rider triangle begs a very demanding and aggressive riding posture. If you aren’t the health inspired Instagram poser like my colleague Pratheek, then this bike will make sure you get into shape.    

Trying to tame a 200 plus bhp motorcycle requires the skills of Max Biaggi, but thankfully for amateur riders like me, the RSV4 gets a bucket load of electronics to keep things in check. The bike gets APRC or Aprilia Performance Ride Control in order to meet the specific needs of the rider. So you get Aprilia Traction Control with 8 settings to play with, Wheelie control which helps keep the front wheel down should you have the cojones to max out the throttle, launch control for precision starts on the race track or during drags. The ABS gets three settings as well and along with three different engine maps to choose from, one can choose the best possible combination for track or road.

And all this can be managed with a joystick on the left side of the handlebar. The only thing missing was a ‘Max Biaggi’ button that would up my riding skills to match the bike!

Once you set up the bike according to your skill set, and push the starter, the V4 barks to life and settles into a mechanical whirr. Gas it and the tone starts to turn into a V8 like roar and goes totally ballistic as the rev counter gets into serious numbers on the now slightly dated looking dash. Acceleration is beyond fierce and aided by the Aprilia Quick Shift system which lets you go up and down the 6-speed gearbox without shutting the throttle and using the clutch. 

Hitting corners unravels the other side of this mental machine. The chassis is an absolute gem. It has plenty of feel, which ultimately eggs you into leaning it over further than you would anything else and going hard on the brakes as you approach a corner at ridiculous speeds, all the while laughing in your helmet and thinking, “How the hell am I still on two wheels?” The RSV4 isn't the lightest bike in the litre bike segment, but it still flicks from side to side with relative ease and only feels slightly sluggish in slower corners. The combination of that brilliant chassis, the Ohlin suspension set up and those super sticky Pirelli Rosso Supercorsa’s means the RSV4 pretty much gives you superhuman capabilities.

Anything else I should know


Now the RSV4 RF is as hardcore as sportbikes can get so you might imagine that the ride quality would be pretty much brittle, but surprise surprise, its not! The suspension is extremely pliant and unless one is on a badly broken patch of road the suspension soaks in pretty much everything. Considering that the bike is meant to destroy racetracks and hunt down apexes, ride quality is a revelation on this hyper Aprilia.

Also what you see here in the pictures is the 2016 model year bike which is sold alongside the 2017 motorcycle. The 2017 gets a TFT dashboard and a slightly different colour scheme amongst other additions.

Should I buy one?

If you have Rs. 24.88 lakh to spend on a fast motorcycle, there are few that exhilarate as well as the RSV4. But then again this isn’t your everyday motorcycle and if you try to make it one, it’s sure to get on your nerves. It gets hot enough to disrupt your family planning, has a bigger turning radius than a truck and rocks and rumbles at slow speeds. The racetrack is its home environment and once on track, the RSV4 will make you forget all its nagging issues and turn you into a superhuman. So if riding your fast motorcycle on the track is your thing, the Aprilia RSV4 RF is in a league of its own. For the other mortals there is always the cheaper and plenty competent RSV4 RR.

Where does it fit in?

The RSV4 RF goes up against the Kawasaki Ninja ZX10R which is priced at Rs. 21.90 lakh, the BMW S1000rr Pro priced at Rs. 19.20 lakh, Yamaha R1 at Rs. 20.73 and the MV Agusta F4 which tops the chart at Rs. 26.12 lakh.

Photography by Kapil Angane

Gear Check

1: Shoei X12: Now replaced by the X14, the X12 was one of the best racing helmets made by Shoei. Fits like a glove and extremely aerodynamic. Price - Rs. 55,000 - X14

2: RS Taichi Mesh Jacket: Very good fit coupled with extremely good airflow, the RS Taichi is the perfect summer jacket. Price – Rs. 11,000

3: Mugen Race Leather Gloves:  These are the Mugen MNR 1579G leather gloves which not only offer a supreme fit but also great ventilation. Need to be worn in well though. Price – Rs. 4,000

4: AGV Sport Willow Leather pants: These AGV pants are made of high quality cowhide leather and are comfortable on the track and on the street. Price – Rs. 14,000

5: TCX R-S2 Boots: The R-S2 have now been replaced by R-S2 Evo. These are top of the line racing boots with brilliant protection and a great fit. Price – Rs. 29,000

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Aprilia RSV4 RF mileage

As per ARAI, the average of RSV4 RF is 12 kmpl.

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RSV4 RF Specifications & Features


  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 195.5 bhp @ 13,000 rpm

    Max Torque 115 Nm @ 10,500 rpm

    Cooling System Liquid Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard Emission standards indicate the output from the exhaust that is permissible in a country. BS-IV

    Displacement 999.6 cc

    Cylinders 4

    Bore 78 mm

    Stroke 52.3 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio 13.6:1

    Ignition Magneti Marelli Digital Electronic Ignition

    Spark Plugs 1 Per Cylinder

    Gear Shifting Pattern Gear Shifting Pattern --

    Clutch Multiplate wet clutch with mechanical slipper syst

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 18.5 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity These are estimated figures 4 litres

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge 222 Km

    Mileage - ARAI 12 kmpl

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed These are estimated figures 300 Kmph

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Dual Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 320 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 200/55 ZR 17

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 220 mm

    Calliper Type Brembo Monobloc Radial Callipers

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Wheel Size 17 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Front Tyre Size 120/70 ZR 17

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension Öhlins fork with TIN surface treatment

    Rear Suspension Ohlins Racing monoshock

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 180 kg

    Overall Length 2,040 mm

    Overall Width 735 mm

    Wheelbase 1,420 mm

    Ground Clearance 130 mm

    Seat Height 845 mm

    Overall Height 1,120 mm

    Chassis Type Aluminium dual beam chassis with pressed and cast sheet elements

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  • Manufacturer WarrantyManufacturer Warranty

    Standard Warranty (Year) --

    Standard Warranty (Kilometers) Standard Warranty (Kilometers) --


Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) Yes

Mobile App Connectivity No

Low Battery IndicatorYes

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

GPS & Navigation No

USB charging port No

Front storage box No

Under seat storage No

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Analogue

Stand Alarm Yes

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Pillion SeatYes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes



BatteryMaintenance Free

Headlight TypeProjector Headlamp Type

Brake/Tail LightLED Tail Lamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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Aprilia RSV4 RF User Reviews

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  •  5Looks and performance 3 years ago by Sujith, Thrissur

    The look and style was very attractive to anyone. But the tale was not satisfied all customers. But the power was not compared with any other 1000cc. The stunning looks and the v4 engine was to attract the customers. And the weight was also very less than other 1000cc b

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    • Got mileage of

      13 kmpl

  •  5Never saw a bike like this 3 years ago by Deepak, Kottayam

    1.It is pretty cheap compared to others 2. Amazing no other words to describe. 3.Sexy and sleek design performance is extraordinary 4.Service is great and maintenance is easy. This bike is best expensive bike, when compared to its performance it is awesome, stunning loo

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    • Used it for

      Leisure Rides

    • Owned for

      3-6 months

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

  •  5Rsv4 rf riders review 4 years ago by Sean Sabu, Ernakulam

    I have been using this for few months i use this bike only for leisure rides this bike is amazing perfect drag bike this bike is not good for daily use but gives a smile on your face when u ride this awesome beast The bike is loud compared to other 1000cc bikes and gets

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    • Used it for

      Leisure Rides

    • Owned for

      3-6 months

    • Ridden for

      < 5000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      8 kmpl

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  •  5Hulk flash 4 years ago by Ramjee, Hyderabad

    This bike is best expensive bike, when compared to its performance it is awesome, stunning looks and its engine starting sound is very attractive, for better performance we have to maintain nitrogen gas to fill in tubeless tyres and servicing charge is reasonable and on

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    • Used it for

      Occasional Commute

    • Owned for

      Never owned

    • Got mileage of

      10 kmpl

  •  5Love for this bike 4 years ago by Vaibhav Chalase, Mysore

    It’s a wonderful bike i loved its model it has a powerful engine,it looks awesome and its usd front suspension , and its features are really amazing hmmm wish i had this bike overall great bike for bike lovers .One more thing to say about this bike is its 999.6cc liquid

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  •  5Aprilla is best 5 years ago by Bhawen Kumar Mahto, Jamshedpur

    Look is so fabulous.Design is completely dashing.Smooth riding.Best technology leashed.Oh no only one sitter.Good service care.Sound of engine like giant .Awesome features.Specially as your choice on of technology like abs system.Digital meter display is so good.Best pr

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    • Owned for

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    • Got mileage of

      25 kmpl

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