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After a decade of its flagship V-Twin platform, Aprilia introduced the all-new RSV4 superbike in 2009. Built to compete in the 2009 World Superbike Championship series, the RSV4 was Aprilia’s first-ever four-cylinder model.
The RSV4’s chassis was the latest in Aprilia’s line of Grand Prix-bred aluminum twin-spar frames. The trick twin-beam unit was constructed from a hybrid of cast and pressed sheet sections, offering the optimal balance of strength and rigidity. Equally race-inspired and derived from the same manufacturing techniques was the RSV4’s double-arch aluminum swingarm.
The advanced frame was paired with an adjustable 43mm upside-down Showa fork and a Sachs mono-shock. Stopping duties went to a pair of 320mm rotors bit by radial-mount, four-pot Brembo calipers up front and a smaller disc pinched by a dual-piston unit in back. Other standard fare included steel-braided lines and 17-inch cast aluminum rims fore and aft.
But the star of the show was undoubtedly the new flagship’s liquid-cooled, 998.9cc, four-stroke, 16V, DOHC, 65-degree V4 engine. The exotic four-banger’s cylinders each featured their own twin injectors, the valve’s service interval was a cool 12,000-miles, plus it got ride-by-wire throttle, Weber-Marelli fuel-injection, and a trio of ride modes (Road, Sport, Track).
The highly-compact V4 put down a whopping 180hp at 12,500rpm and 85 ft-lbs of torque at 10,000rpm. Quarter-mile runs take the V4 just 10.09 seconds, and with a 2.9-seconds 0-60mph time and a top speed of 180mph, calling the RSV4 “fast” is an understatement.
Cycle World — which crowned the RSV4 “2009 Superbike Of The Year” – summed up the Italian V4’s performance prowess nicely when it said, “At the track, Aprilia’s 1,000cc V4 didn’t merely edge out the Japanese inline-Fours and pair of European V-Twins, it won hands-down by setting the quickest lap time and totally dominating the subjective survey forms submitted by each test rider.”
Sweetening the deal even further was the RSV4’s gorgeous Italian bodywork. The sharp symmetrical front fairing and angular tail section have been so unanimously adored, that — much like the iconic Tamburini-designed MV F4 — even after a decade since its initial release, the manufacturer has done very little to update its flagship’s look (aside from the addition of winglets). Why fix what isn’t broken…especially when it looks this good?
The successor to the RSV1000R, the RSV4 also sported top-shelf fit and finish throughout. Small details like the drilled out sections on the top of the forks and the triple tree nut are the kind of features that further distinguish the Japanese machines from the Italian.
First unveiled in February of 2008, the RSV4 was born out of an era that was experiencing rapid advancements in superbike R&D. Sportbikes were selling like hot-cakes and every couple years manufacturers were thoroughly updating their respective models in an effort to keep on the cutting edge of style, performance, and technology.
So for Aprilia to step up, introduce its first-ever four-cylinder model, and not only take on the fierce competition but actually come out on top, speaks volumes about what a truly capable and well-engineered machine the RSV4 is.
Located at our headquarters in Marina del Rey, California, this particular RSV4 example (VIN: ZD4RKC013AS000001) is objectively as special as they come (aside from Max Biaggi’s 2010 WSBK championship-winning RSV4). Not only is this a zero-mile first-year specimen, but it is, in fact, the very first RSV4 specimen, ever, as in VIN: #1!
The bike has never been fired up or even had a drop of fuel. There’s still plastic on the swingarm and gauge cluster. In storage, the bike has picked up scratches on the tail and some cosmetic wear on the frame. Both are documented in the album at the top of this listing.
The owner still has the original crate in storage in Pennsyvlania – our White Glove service can source that for you if you’re willing to cover shipping costs.