RSV4 FW-GP Review

26
Jan

Two years ago, in 2015, Aprilia released a first of a kind concept of ‘Factory Works’, an ambitious project which offers novice or racing enthusiasts a chance to experience the race track feel on a bike built in accordance to the World Superbike and Superstock specs. The RSV4 FW-GP motorbikes are sold by the manufacturer with whole support from Aprilia Racing.

Of the four RSV4s slated for 2017 release, FW-GP is the showstopper.

Specifications

The engine remains the same V4 65-degree engine, derived from RS-GP unit. The bore is 81 mm and is propelled by a pneumatic valve timing which promises an rpm of over 250 without maxing out on the accelerator. The bike closely resembles the official Aprilia bike of the 2015 MotoGP World Championship with Marco Melandri and Alvaro Bautista.

Apart from being a dream to ride, the customers are also treated to an exclusive treatment, a personal invitation to the Aprilia headquarters to sign the contract. Here the customer is given a chance to choose the configurations and the budget. Throughout the entire process of customisation, the customer receives live updates and pictures on the progress of the manufacturing. The exclusive treatment does not end there, the bike is hand delivered on completion by the Aprilia Racing engineers. Additionally, the customers are also entitled to receive a complete Aprilia Racing full track leathers and a pass for the paddock for the MotoGP Grand Prix weekend. It doesn’t end there as well, the customer also receives a special invitation to be a part of the Aprilia track day. Here the Aprilia engineers provide valuable tips on handling the bike and improving performance.

Other models of RSV4 FW

There are three other models:

  1. Aprilia RSV4 FW SSTK1: The instrumentation of the bike is reprogrammed in accordance with the lap times in combination with the V4-MP system. ABS is eliminated and braking is controlled by lightened and optimised braking system.
  2. Aprilia RSV4 SSTk2: The APX2 ECU is custom made in the Aprilia Racing facility and is completely programmable from the palmtop terminal to ignition. Additionally, the ECU also harbours a data collection system using either the optical sensor or the original sensor. The exhaust kit and fairing are made by the Slovenian exhaust manufacturer Akrapovič. Maximum power reached is 204 hp.
  3. RSV4 R-FW SBK: The bike is built on Race Pack suspension. To stay true on the track and increase performance, the SBK has a racing electrical system with a customised engine wiring harness and a simplified lithium battery. Maximum power output of the bike is 215hp. There is also a special mod made by Aprilia Racing- the SBK mod.

Apart from offering collectors and bike enthusiasts an opportunity to include a racing bike in their collection, the FW (Factory Works) program additionally provides training focused on the technical handling of the bike. The characteristics of the circuit are taught as well. Every customer also avails a test session under the supervision of the Aprilia Racing Team.