View Full Version : 2008 Aprilia

04-13-2006, 07:48 AM

The designer talked exclusively to Raptors & Rocket about his next assignment that also confirms that Aprilia will re-enter the World Superbike championship with a brand new V4 superbike in 2008. Sergio Robbiano started as an apprentice to Massimo Tamburini and helped with the design work on Cagiva Mito that is a carbon copy of the legendary Ducati 916. Many years later he is the man behind Bimota's latest design masterpieces DB5 and DB6 Delirio (pictured right) featuring Ducati engines. Aprilia is a company on the move these days and will launch many new models the next two years. Piaggio has injected all the fresh cash Aprilia needs for the development work. First revolutionary new models were the RXV/SXV with the in-house V-twin that has rocked the Supermotard world in particular. Aprilia will also build its new V4 in-house which means Rotax engines are slowly phased out at least from brand new models. The very clever man that decided to hire Robbiano must be hailed by all fans of both Aprilia and Italian motorcycle design. We can't wait to see it either at the EICMA 2006 or 2007 in Milan. Aprilia means business. Robbiano quoted: "Everything will be old after the Aprilia SBK!" Our designers impression (not Robbiano's) gives a clue as to which direction the V4 design might go.

I like Robbiano's design work alot.
..as metioned above he designed the Delirio

04-13-2006, 08:30 AM
I like the exhaust. It will get hot thought.

04-13-2006, 08:56 AM
I'm a little confused:confused: Is that the "new" WSBK Ape being shown? If so, how is everything else "old"? That looks just like what you can buy now!!!

04-13-2006, 09:00 AM
that 2nd one, u can see where the lion head over laps into some dark bits where its "hovering" its just a photoshoped rs125 afaik

04-13-2006, 10:30 AM
Aprilia is building its V-4 engine "in house"?

That's the end of Aprilia ownership for me. The primary reason for me to own an Ape is because of the Rotax built engine.

If I were to have to suffer the engine quality build that the Italians put out, I'd gone with a Ducati. At least their bikes are prettier.

Oh well, there's always KTM. I think that I'll put my money and my faith in Teutonic engineering and manufacturing.

04-13-2006, 10:40 AM
It's a photoshop of the new RS125 and the SXV 4/550. It's bogus.

04-13-2006, 10:51 AM
Obviously bogus. Just posting pics.

04-13-2006, 08:42 PM
"Our designers impression (not Robbiano's) gives a clue as to which direction the V4 design might go"