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Aprilia Launch RS 457

Aprilia will join the highly competitive 400 sports segment with the announcement of their RS 457. Available for LAMS riders, the RS 457 is set to arrive in Australian dealerships in August.

The RS 457 is a historic step for Aprilia and not only in technological terms. Aprilia’s new twin-cylinder sportsbike appeals to new targets and markets to meet the growing worldwide demand for easy but fun, technologically and stylistically groundbreaking motorcycles targeting broad market segments.

The RS acronym represents Aprilia’s take on sportiness. These motorcycles are designed to amaze, with innovations derived from a long and successful racing history that has shaped Aprilia’s unique motorcycle culture. Thus, Aprilia became the dream object of entire generations, indulging the passion of younger riders with extraordinary motorcycles.

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At the same time, it has been a leading player in the racing world, dominating the 2-stroke categories. After reaffirming its technological supremacy by winning SBK competitions, it has also risen to prominence in MotoGP. Now, Aprilia returns to its founding mission with a project for a new generation of motorcyclists, pooling the knowledge accumulated on tracks worldwide.

Starting in 2020, the massive success of the Aprilia RS 660 (Europe’s best-selling sportsbike) has revolutionised the world of mid-range sportsbikes, creating a new segment.

Aprilia RS 457
Aprilia RS 457

The same winning formula is repeated with the Aprilia RS 457, which began as a completely new project, conceived and developed where all Aprilias are created, including MotoGP bikes.

The new Aprilia is the ideal link between the first 125 engines and the RS 660. It completes the RS family that includes the powerful V4 superbikes and, at its most technologically advanced, the MotoGP-winning RS-GP.

The Aprilia RS 457 speaks the language of younger riders, of people who want to start riding faired bikes, exploiting all of the company’s expertise to design and build a true sportsbike. 

The RS 457’s strengths are its lightness, with the highest possible power-to-weight ratio for a motorcycle you can ride with a LAMS license, ease of handling, and technological equipment. 

The RS 457 is designed to accompany motorcyclists as they progress on road and track. The ergonomics feature clip-on handlebars mounted above the upper steering plate, a road sports solution that provides the best compromise between sportiness and riding comfort.

Aprilia RS 457
Aprilia RS 457

The new RS 457’s styling follows the legendary RS range, the supersport bikes that made motorbike history, starting with the double front fairing through to the underbelly silencer, with a 2-in-1 exhaust.

The full LED headlight incorporates the light signature typical of Aprilia’s larger super sports bikes, while the front indicators are integrated into the headlight’s light signature. The dashboard uses an elegant and practical 5.0-inch TFT colour instrument cluster, while the handlebar controls are backlit.

The Aprilia RS 457 is powered by a state-of-the-art, liquid-cooled parallel twin-cylinder engine, double camshaft timing and four valves per cylinder, delivering 35kW of power. Besides the pure power figure, there is also the motorbike’s weight: 159kg dry, or 175kg wet.

The Aprilia RS 457’s power-to-weight ratio is simply unbeatable because the designers at Noale aimed for the maximum possible and achieved it. This figure was translated into pure performance during road development at Aprilia’s Noale headquarters.

The new engine is paired with a stiff frame. The aluminium frame makes the RS 457 unique for bikes in its segment. All of Aprilia’s design expertise, honed over decades of victories on all the world’s racetracks, goes into this solution.

Aprilia RS 457
Aprilia RS 457

The crankcase functions as a load-bearing element, a solution borrowed from the RS 660, which ensures the low weight, dynamic qualities and riding pleasure that have made Aprilia famous.

The 41mm fork features 120mm travel and preload adjustability. Ditto for the monoshock, which is adjustable in preload for 130mm wheel travel. The braking system features a 320mm front disc with a ByBre radial-mount four-piston caliper. At the rear, the ByBre caliper brake features a 220mm steel disc. All this is assisted by a two-channel ABS system with dual map of use, on both wheels or only on the front.

The 17-inch alloy wheels mount 110/70 tyres at the front and 150/60 at the rear – perfect sizes for excellent grip while maintaining agility, the true strength of the new Aprilia.

The Aprilia RS 457’s electronic equipment is of a true sportsbike, designed for a wide range of bikers and entirely faithful to Aprilia tradition. The ride-by-wire system – which Aprilia was the first to introduce both in MotoGP with the futuristic RS Cube and in production – manages the engine with three riding modes that intervene on power and torque delivery and traction control, adjustable to three levels and that can also be disabled. A quickshifter comes as an accessory.

For further information, please contact your local Aprilia dealer.

Aprilia RS 457
Aprilia RS 457
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkinhttp://twowheeladdicts.com.au
Andrew Jenkin is the founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, a contributor to BikeReview and Drivetribe as well as being a panel judge of Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.

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