Techy Stuff: Aprilia’s Getting Variable Valve Timing


We’ve simply heard that Piaggio Group, dad or mum firm to Aprilia, is engaged on a mechanical variable valve timing (VVT) system – and the primary to reap the advantages of the tech shall be none aside from the supersport RSV4!

In response to Ben Purvis at MCN, Piaggio’s searching for a less expensive (and usually flat-out efficient) model of what Suzuki’s achieved of their 2017-debuted mechanical VVT system (showcased within the GSXR-1000), described as “a dozen weighted ball bearings sitting inside barely spiraled, radial channels carved into the cam sprocket.”

Aprilia's incubating variable valve timing (VVT) system. Media sourced from MCN.
Aprilia’s incubating variable valve timing (VVT) system. Media sourced from MCN.

With zero electrical/hydraulic accoutrements, this explicit VVT shall be a far cry from that of BMW, Kawasaki, Ducati, and Yamaha – however that’s form of the purpose. 

So why is Piaggio going the route of Suzuki and never different, larger manufacturers? 

Aprilia's incubating variable valve timing (VVT) system. Media sourced from MCN.
Aprilia’s incubating variable valve timing (VVT) system. Media sourced from MCN.

Apparently, it may need one thing to do with MotoGP: Dorna might have a rule in opposition to utilizing electrical or hydraulic, however not mechanic, that means that this new system can be authorized on the racetrack. 

Does this imply we is perhaps seeing VVT on Aprilia’s MotoGP bikes? 

Presumably – in the event that they’ve not already been tinkering with the stuff. 

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ShifCustoms' rendering of a three-wheeled R 18, inspired by a vintage 328. Media sourced from BikeEXIF.
Aprilia's RSV4 1100 Factory Edition. Media sourced from Asphalt & Rubber.
Aprilia’s RSV4 1100 Manufacturing unit Version. Media sourced from Asphalt & Rubber.

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What do you consider Aprilia’s incubating VVT system? Do you suppose it would kick off? 

Drop a remark under letting us know what you suppose, and as ever – keep protected on the twisties. 

*Media sourced from MCN in addition to Asphalt & Rubber*