Bookings open on December 15 for Aprilia’s first made-in-India bike; deliveries to start from March 2024.
After pulling the covers off the RS 457 a few months ago and showcasing it at the Indian MotoGP round, Aprilia has finally launched the bike in India at Rs 4.1 lakh, ex-showroom, Maharashtra. Do note, this is not an introductory price.
RS 457: First made-in-India Aprilia bike
The Aprilia RS 457 is made entirely in India at its Baramati facility and will also be exported to other countries from our shores. Powering the RS 457 is a liquid-cooled, 457cc, parallel-twin engine, making 48hp. Unlike most parallel-twin engines in this neck of the woods, the RS 457’s engine uses an uneven 270-degree firing order, which should result in a fruity exhaust note while maintaining high refinement levels. The RS 457 comes with three riding modes – Eco, Rain and Sport – and is also equipped with on the fly adjustable traction control.
This engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox with a slip-and-assist clutch, and a quickshifter will be offered as an optional extra. Similar to the larger RS 660, the Aprilia RS 457 uses an aluminium perimeter frame suspended by a USD fork and monoshock. Suspension is adjustable for preload at both ends.
The RS 457 is the first bike that rolls on the TVS Eurogrip Protorq Extreme tyres from the factory. Tyres sizes are 110/70-R17 (front) and 150/60-R17 (rear). Braking duties are courtesy of ByBre with a 320mm front disc and a 220mm rear disc. The 5-inch TFT dash and the switchgear on the RS 457 are very similar to the larger Aprilia bike, and overall this bike exudes a feeling of quality and premiumness.
At its Rs 4.1 lakh (ex-showroom, Maharashtra) asking price, the Aprilia RS 457 is more expensive than the KTM RC 390 (Rs 3.18 lakh), but much more affordable than the Rs 5.24 lakh Kawasaki Ninja 400. Bookings will open on December 15, but deliveries will only begin from March 2024. Test ride vehicles will be available from January 2024 onwards, at select dealerships.