Aprilia was in Milan today, unveiling its 2012 World Superbike team with Max Biaggi and Eugene Laverty. For this season, Aprilia Racing is outfitting its RSV4 race bikes with the company’s classic black & red livery, a break from the white Alitalia paint scheme from last year. Unable to defend his #1 plate, the 40-year-old Max Biaggi will return to racing with his “3” on the front of his RSV4.
Eager to regain World Superbike’s top position, Biaggi’s toughest competition could come from his own teammate. His second season in World Superbike, Laverty has shown a great deal of promise already on the Aprilia. Keep your eye on the Irishman for some podiums in 2012. Technicals specifications and 14 hi-res photos of the WSBK-spec 2012 Aprilia RSV4 are after the jump.
Technical Specifications of the 2012 Aprilia RSV4 in WSBK-spec
|Engine||Aprilia 4 longitudinal 65° V4 cylinder, 4-strokes, liquid cooling system, double overhead camshaft (DOHC), four valves per cylinder|
|Engine capacity||999 cc|
|Maximum rpm||15,000 rpm|
|Maximum power||~ 220 hp|
|Fuel system||Variable-height intake ducts controlled by engine control unit, electronic injection with 8 injectors and latest-generation Ride-by-Wire technology.|
|Transmission||Six speed cassette gearbox.|
|Clutch||Multiplate wet clutch with slipper system.|
|Electronic management||Aprilia Racing ECU managing ignition, injection, variable-height intake duct control, Ride by Wire system and traction control.|
|Chassis||Adjustable, aluminium dual beam with pressed and cast sheet elements.|
|Weight||364 lbs/165 kg|