Production of Aprilia's RS 457 now in full swing

Back in November at EICMA, Aprilia took the wraps off of its entry-level sportbike, the RS 457. Like its bigger brother RS 660, the new RS 457 is inspired by Aprilia’s flagship model RSV4 superbike. According to Aprilia, the new RS 457 completes the missing link between the RS 125 (not available in the Philippines) and the RS 660.

The new Aprilia RS 457 is powered by a liquid-cooled, parallel twin-cylinder engine that churns 45 PS of power and only tips the scales at 175 kg (wet) weight. Thanks to these figures, the new RS 457 boasts the best power-to-weight ratio within its segment.

Production begins in India

Aprilia starts RS 457 production in India, deliveries begin March ‘24 image

After getting positive feedback from customers and international media, Aprilia begins production of the RS 457 in Piaggio’s Baramati Plant in India. This facility is also home to Piaggio’s small scooters and 3-wheelers.

According to Aprilia, the plant boasts world-class assembly lines, with women making up the bulk of the workforce. The RS 457 – with deliveries slated to begin in March for the Indian market – is seen to go head-to-head with KTM’s RC390, CFMOTO’s 450SR, and Kawasaki’s Ninja 400 in the highly-contested 400cc category.

Tuono 457

Recently, spy shots of what appears to be an Aprilia Tuono 457 being tested spread like wildfire on the internet. The test unit, was seen bare and has some makeshift instruments installed – indicating that the bike is still in its early development stages. If Aprilia greenlights this project, the bike is likely to be produced within the walls of Piaggio’s Baramati Plant.