Aprilia Unveils the High-Performance RS 457
Aprilia has officially taken the wraps off its latest speed demon, the Aprilia RS 457, with India being one of the first markets to witness its grand debut. This high-performance motorcycle was developed simultaneously by the test team in Baramati, Maharashtra, India, and the Aprilia headquarters in Noale, Italy. Notably, it will be manufactured in Piaggio India’s state-of-the-art plant located in Maharashtra.
A Sporty Marvel
The Aprilia RS 457 boasts an aggressive and sporty appearance, drawing inspiration from its older siblings. It features various aerodynamic panels and a striking twin-pod LED cluster upfront. The bike’s performance-focused stance is evident from its side profile, further enhanced by a well-sculpted fuel tank and a sleek split-seat setup that gives the impression of a single seat.
Under the sleek bodywork, the Aprilia RS 457 packs a punch with its 457cc, liquid-cooled, parallel twin-cylinder engine. This powerhouse is equipped with double camshaft timing and four valves per cylinder, delivering an impressive 48 bhp of maximum power. What’s more, the bike features a unique 270-degree connecting rod assembly that provides a sporty and distinctive exhaust note.
Suspension and Braking
When it comes to handling, the RS 457 doesn’t disappoint. It sports a capable suspension setup, featuring 41 mm USD forks with 120 mm of travel and preload adjustability upfront. At the rear, there’s a pre-load adjustable monoshock with a sturdy steel swingarm and 130 mm of wheel travel. Braking duties are handled by a 320 mm front disc with a ByBre radial-mount 4-piston caliper and ByBre caliper brakes at the rear. The bike also comes equipped with a two-channel ABS system with dual maps of use, ensuring precise control.
The Aprilia RS 457 is not just about raw power; it’s also loaded with advanced technology. It features a Ride by Wire system that offers three riding modes and three levels of traction control, allowing riders to tailor their experience to their preferences. If you’re looking for an even more exhilarating ride, you’ll be pleased to know that a quickshifter will be offered as an accessory. The bike also boasts a modern 5-inch TFT control instrument cluster and intuitive handlebar controls for easy access to vital information and settings.
With 297 Grand Prix World Championship victories under its belt, Aprilia has made a lasting impression on the motorsports industry. The most recent torchbearer of this illustrious legacy, the RS 457, promises to leave its mark on the annals of racing history.
The Aprilia RS 457 is set to redefine the high-performance motorcycle segment with its stunning design, powerful engine, advanced technology, and the backing of Aprilia’s legendary racing heritage. As it makes its global premiere, it’s clear that this motorcycle is poised to become a true icon in the world of motorcycling.
Stay tuned for more updates on the Aprilia RS 457, including pricing and availability details as they become available.