Don’t get too excited, what looks like headlights and a center-mounted air intake in these photos is actually a clever disguise taped onto the front fairing. The company wants to keep the final design for the production Aprilia RSV 4 a secret as long as possible. The shots, published in Italy’s Motociclismo magazine do, however, reveal new details of the seat unit and exhaust.
The 2009 Aprilia RSV 4 looks to be using an Aprilia FV2 1200-style
split seat unit, although it’ll probably adapt more
legislation-friendly taillights. Also visible is the road-going
exhaust, which is absolutely enormous and more than a little bit ugly.
We’re guessing that silencing the 200bhp, 1,000cc V4 is pretty
difficult. The angle of these shots also highlights the RSV 4’s
diminutive size, it appears to be nearly as small as a 600.
Of course, the big news that we’re still waiting for is the price and
production numbers, which will indicate whether Aprilia intends to make
the RSV 4 an expensive, Ducati Desmosedici RR-rivaling, World Superbike
homologation special, or a range-topping replacement for the RSV Mille.
We expect Aprilia to officially unveil the bike at the 2008 EICMA show
via Aprilia News