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.
Compression ratio 14.5:1
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.
Suspension Öhlins
Brakes Brembo
Weight 364 lbs/165 kg

Source: Aprilia

  • Daniel Croft

    Two different bikes in these pictures and I don’t mean Max & Eugene’s bikes. There are different spec forks, what’s the deal with that?

  • Bob

    What do you see that is different? All I notice is the linear transducer use for data acquisition purposes to help with nailing the tuning. That comes off for the race.

  • Dr. Gellar

    It’s a little sad to see that Aprilia has lost sponsors Alitalia and Rifle as team sponsors. Sign of the name I suppose.

  • Excellent pics, and great article. Now where’s the CRT RSV4 info? [demanding]

  • Aprilia CRT? Easy.

    1) Take one Aprilia RSV4 with a WSBK-spec motor
    2) Buy one roll of duct tape
    3) Apply duct tape to frame.
    4) Call the bike a racing prototype
    5) Laugh all the way to the bank

  • Mikey

    Lol @ Jensen. 220 Horses in a 364 lb machine. I love motorcycles.

  • AWESOME!!! Can’t wait for racing to start…. Think Eugene is going to be sick on the RSV4!!!!

  • Bryan

    I wonder if the 364 lb quoted weight is dry. Even if it is, the curb weight of the RSV4R APRC is 464 lb. I realize that these bikes are modified to the point that they don’t have much in common with the street bike in the end but still, a 100 lb weight loss! That’s nearly the equivalent of a Max Biaggi! Wish they could translate that racing experience into lightening up the streetbike just a little.

  • Steven V

    You said, “His first season in World Superbike, Laverty has shown a great deal of promise already on the Aprilia.” But it’s not his first season; he raced last season with Marco Melandri at Yamaha.
    Anyways, love the bike. Really feeling the colorscheme. And we’ll see how they do in MotoGP, too… not that Aprilia is backing the team or anything… no chance of that…

  • Grant Madden

    Wonderful toys for the boys to play with.Amazing what money can do!!