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Aprilia tops and tails replica range

"The Carbon Special Edition represents the best of the very best that Aprilia can offer right now"

At the top end is the Aprilia RSV4 Carbon Special Edition which adds racing technology and luscious carbonfibre to the already macho Factory APRC model.

Despite $17,000 worth of extras, the price increases $10,000 to $39,990, plus on-road costs. Only 16 are available. At the other end of the scale, Aprilia has received its only shipment of the 2012 World Superbike race team liveried RS4 125 4T at the rideaway price of $6250.

But it's the RSV4 Carbon that will have lovers of the Italian marque fidgeting with their throttles. It comes clothed in an Aprilia Racing carbonfibre body kit which includes the fairing, tail piece, front and rear guards and engine covers. The replica's racing graphics are clear coated in a protective three-layer, two-pack clear lacquer.

Other cosmetic changes, some of which also help reduce weight, include Aprilia DPM clutch and brake levers, tail tidy, adjustable billeted aluminium racing footpegs, handlebar weights, tinted race screen, pick-up knobs and lightweight lithium battery. But the Carbon model is not just about light weight and racing cosmetics.

The bike also has been fitted with an up-spec adjustable Ohlins TTX rear shock absorber and full titanium carbon exhaust system by Akropovic with Aprilia Race mapping. Kris Matich, manager for importer John Sample Automotive, says Aprilia buyers "want the best". "We also know from previous limited edition models that the more exclusive the model the more desirable they are," he says.

"The Carbon Special Edition represents the best of the very best that Aprilia can offer right now and in very limited numbers making it a very desirable bike to own." Each bike has a numbered identification plate on the frame representing the Carbon SE's build and VIN number.

It also comes with a bonus merchandise pack of Pirelli Diablo Corsa SP tyres and race cap; Aprilia race jacket, cap, key ring and USB with racing video; and a race stand and bike cover.