In a significant development in India's motorcycle industry, Piaggio India has unveiled the Aprilia RS 457 at the prestigious India Bike Week 2023. This latest offering from Aprilia stands out with its stylish design and powerful performance, making it a noteworthy addition to the premium motorcycle segment.
Pricing and Availability
The Aprilia RS 457 is priced at ₹4.10 lakh (ex-showroom), positioning it within the premium segment of the market. Prospective buyers can start booking this motorcycle from December 15 with a token amount of ₹10,000. The official deliveries of the bike are scheduled to commence in March 2024. Aprilia's Motoplex dealerships will be the exclusive sales points for this model.
The RS 457 enters a competitive space, going head-to-head with established names such as the Kawasaki Ninja 400, KTM RC 390, and the eagerly anticipated Yamaha R3.
Design and Features
Drawing design inspiration from its sibling, the RS 660, the Aprilia RS 457 is a visual delight. It comes equipped with LED Daytime Running Lamps and sleek headlamps, giving it a contemporary look. The motorcycle's full fairing, clip-on handlebars, and rear-set footpegs enhance its sporty aesthetic, while also providing a premium feel.
At the heart of the Aprilia RS 457 lies a robust 457 cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine, complete with a DOHC configuration. This engine is capable of delivering a power output of 47 bhp and a torque of 46 Nm. The bike features a 6-speed transmission and is built around a durable twin-spar aluminium frame. The suspension system comprises upside-down forks at the front and a monoshock at the rear. For safety, it is equipped with disc brakes at both ends, complemented by a dual-channel ABS system.
Enhancing the riding experience are features like a ride-by-wire throttle, versatile LED lighting, and multiple riding modes with adjustable traction control settings. A 5-inch TFT screen adds a modern touch, displaying essential information to the rider.
Local Manufacturing with an International Touch
While the Aprilia RS 457 is developed and designed in Italy, its manufacturing takes place at Piaggio's facility in Baramati, India. This localization does not compromise its international appeal, although it does come with a price tag that is slightly higher than some of its competitors, emphasizing its premium positioning in the market.
The Aprilia RS 457 is a significant addition to India's growing premium motorcycle segment. With its combination of stylish design, powerful performance, and advanced features, it is poised to become a popular choice among bike enthusiasts. Its competitive pricing and the prestige of the Aprilia brand make it an attractive option for those seeking a high-quality riding experience.