On September 7, 2023, Aprilia revved up excitement as they unveiled the hotly anticipated RS 457, setting the stage for the 2023 MotoGP extravaganza at Misano. Sporting that iconic RS design DNA, reminiscent of its esteemed counterparts, the RS 660 and RSV4 1100, this Italian marvel had teased enthusiasts with a glimpse of its sleek, sporty silhouette on social media. But the grand unveiling finally laid bare all its glory.
Aprilia has its sights set on the fiercely competitive 400 to 500cc sportbike segment, where it's ready to go head-to-head with contenders like the CFMOTO 450SR, Kawasaki Ninja 400, and KTM RC 390. With high hopes and an arsenal of performance and technology, Aprilia aims to make a big splash in this arena. Powering the all-new Aprilia RS 457 is a potent liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine churning out 47 horsepower. What truly sets this bike apart is its feather-light construction, tipping the scales at a mere 175 kilograms. This impressive power-to-weight ratio promises an exhilarating ride.
The RS 457 doesn't just rely on its engine; it boasts a robust aluminum frame and a load-bearing crankcase inspired by the RS 660, ensuring a sturdy yet agile platform. Suspension duties are handled by a 41mm front fork and a rear monoshock, both offering preload adjustability, allowing riders to fine-tune their setup. When it comes to stopping power, a set of ByBre brakes, featuring a substantial 320mm single brake disc up front and a 220mm disc at the rear, provide confident braking performance. Rolling on a pair of 17-inch alloy wheels, the RS 457 combines style with substance, making it a compelling addition to the competitive middleweight sportbike segment.
In the tech department, the 2024 Aprilia RS 457 boasts a comprehensive electronics package, featuring a fully ride-by-wire system. Riders can enjoy a three-level traction control setup that also offers the option to turn it off completely for those adrenaline-pumping moments. Adding to the versatility, three ride modes come standard, allowing riders to tailor their experience to their preferences.
For illumination, the RS 457 sports a sleek LED headlamp cluster that seamlessly integrates front turn signals, adding a touch of modernity to its design. Keeping you informed and in control, a five-inch full-color TFT instrument cluster provides essential information at a glance. While the RS 457 offers an exhilarating ride out of the box, it's worth noting that the quickshifter is available as an accessory from Aprilia and doesn't come as standard equipment.
As for pricing and availability, the details for the 2024 Aprilia RS 457 are still under wraps, but we can expect them to be revealed shortly. Each market will have its unique pricing and availability information, and rest assured, we'll keep you updated with all the specifics as soon as they become available. Stay tuned for the latest on this exciting addition to the sportbike scene.