Aprilia has done it again! On 20 September, they will unveil their newest gem, the RS 457, in India, promising a blend of power, aesthetics, and affordability. Let’s dive into what this motorcycle brings to the Indian roads.
Top key points of the Aprilia RS 457
- 457cc, twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that produces 47bhp
- Six-speed gearbox with quick-shifter
- Full LED lighting
- TFT screen with optional Bluetooth connectivity
- Adjustable USD front forks and a mono-shock
- Single front and rear disc brakes
- Riding aids: ABS, switchable three-stage traction control, ride-by-wire, and three ride modes
Aesthetics Inspired by the Big Brother
Drawing inspiration from its elder sibling, the RS 660, the RS 457 sports a split LED headlight, crowned by a transparent visor. Low-set clip-ons and rear-set footpegs combine to form a rider triangle that exudes commitment and aggression.
The heart of the RS 457 is a 457cc, twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine. Pushing out a commendable 47bhp and paired with a six-speed gearbox, this bike promises a thrilling ride. And the addition of a quickshifter? That’s the cherry on top!
Rider-Centric Features Galor
Aprilia equips the RS 457 with state-of-the-art rider aids. You get ABS, a switchable three-stage traction control, ride-by-wire, and three distinct ride modes, ensuring both safety and versatility on the go.
The RS 457 shines bright with full LED lighting. The TFT screen not only adds a touch of modernity but also offers optional Bluetooth connectivity. Interestingly, its competitor, the KTM RC 390, provides many of these features as a standard package.
Suspension & Braking Built for the Roads
With adjustable USD front forks and a rear mono-shock, Aprilia ensures a plush ride. And when it comes to halting power, single discs on both the front and rear give you the confidence to ride free.
Gripping the Tarmac
The 17-inch alloy wheels of the RS 457 come adorned with 110/70 front and 150/60 rear TVS Eurogrip Protorq Extreme tyres, promising a grip that lets you carve corners with precision.
Price Speculations and Competition
While Aprilia remains tight-lipped about the pricing, market buzz suggests a tag slightly above Rs. 4 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). With rivals like the KTM RC 390, Kawasaki Ninja 300, Ninja 400, and the soon-to-launch Yamaha YZF R3, the RS 457 is about to enter a fiercely competitive arena.
The Aprilia RS 457 looks poised to stir the supersport segment in India. With its unveiling just around the corner, biking enthusiasts, including myself, are eagerly waiting to witness this Italian marvel in all its glory. If you’re in the market for a new bike or just love staying updated about the latest rides, keep the Aprilia RS 457 on your radar!