We were right in the front row on 23 March at Aprilia All Stars, where we saw Max Biaggi appear at the top end of the Mugello straight with the front wheel of his RSV4 hovering just above the tarmac, but it didn’t take long for us to realise that this wasn’t just any Aprilia V4. This bike had an even throatier roar, livery inspired by the 2019 RS-GP and a distinctive “X” etched on its fairing.
Only 10 examples of the RSV4 X have been produced and all were sold out in just a few hours. What struck us first of all was its unique look, and then its impressive figures – 225 HP and a dry weight of 165 Kg – but now the time has come for us to be amazed by its “story” and the exclusive contents concealed behind its fairings.
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The RSV4 X was born of the Factory Works programme launched by Aprilia Racing, a unique “laboratory”, the only one of its kind anywhere in the world, that takes the same technology developed for the seven-time WSBK champion superbike and makes it available to those planning to compete at the highest level in the modified production bike championships, and to those who want an RSV4 with awesome performance for track-use.
We interviewed the three Aprilia Racing technicians who, more than anyone else, were responsible for the birth and the development of this unique project, namely Germano Bergamo – Coordinator of Racing Vehicle Designers at Aprilia, Fausto Colombo – FW bike assembly technician and Omar Ferro – Aprilia Racing Sales Department. They are respectively (and jokingly) referred to as the “mind”, “arms” and “legs” of the RSV4 X project and the Factory Works programme.