Aprilia Racing has taken the wraps off the bike it is charging with winning back the World Superbike Championship title in 2012, alongside its revised rider line-up of Max Biaggi and Eugene Laverty.
Having released a teaser shot of its two riders in their leathers, Aprilia has now presented the RSV4 in Milan, where Biaggi and team newcomer Laverty were on hand to show off their 2012 machine.
As expected, Alitalia will not provide title sponsorship to the team, the Italian national airliner having provided backing for the last two seasons. As such, Aprilia will revert back to a livery similar to that of its 2009 comeback season, with the black and red corporate hues dominating the design.
Aprilia won the riders' and manufacturers' title in 2010 following Biaggi's dominant season, but lost the crown to Carlos Checa and Ducati last season.
Aprilia RSV4 - Technical Specifications
Aprilia 4 longitudinal 65° V4 cylinder, 4-strokes, liquid cooling system, double overhead camshaft (DOHC), four valves per cylinder
~ 220 CV
Variable-height intake ducts controlled by engine control unit, electronic injection with 8 injectors and latest-generation Ride-by-Wire technology.
Six speed cassette gearbox.
Multiplate wet clutch with slipper system.
Aprilia Racing ECU managing ignition, injection, variable-height intake duct control, Ride by Wire system and traction control.
Adjustable, aluminium dual beam with pressed and cast sheet elements.