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Sal Khan
05-13-2006, 11:46 AM
I'm sort of confused:

(From http://raptorsandrockets.com/news.html)



Right now Aprilia is testing its brand new, in-house developed, 1200cc V-twin engine at the Noale factory. It is actually believed that the new engine is purely built for road use and that the engine will not be used for racing. For World Superbike racing Aprilia is developing a brand new 1000cc V4. But to stay ahead on the roadbike market Aprilia needs a large displacement V-twin to match both Ducati’s imminent 1188R and KTM RC8 1150. So this is the reason we believe also the RSV will benefit from the new engine and eventually the Tuono as well. The current Rotax V60 1000 would not tolerate being enlarged to 1200cc and I see a bye-bye to Rotax on the horizon. Moto Morini and Harley-Davidson were first with a 1200cc performance V-twin in the Corsaro 1200 and V-Rod. The V-twin performance engine seems to be going through a revival period now and 2007 and 2008 will see all these machines hit the roads and racetracks of the world. Aprilia is not developing the new 1200 to be used for racing, so which other new models will receive this engine? Well, first of all the Futura and Caponord has been a bit of a sales flop for Aprilia so to revive these two models they will be the first to receive the new engine along with a softer version of the RSV. From being the top superbike in Aprilia's range the RSV will continue as a sportsbike for the roads where it will find its place somewhere between the Futura 1200 (the new sports tourer might get a new name, but we will go along with Futura for now) and the RS 1000 V4 superbike. Caponord is not a motorcycle Aprilia feels fits to well with its “racy” image and it is heavy and bulky. If Aprilia decides to upgrade it with the new 1200cc V-twin however it would be much more like KTM 990 Adventure than BMW R1200GS. Lighter, more powerful and user friendly. What is important to mention about this new engine is that it is purpose built for the road rather than following strict WSB regulations. Torque will be the most important goal, where RSV 1200R will get the most powerful version of the engine, ETV 1200 would get a version with torque only a big 1200cc V-twin can provide. This story will develop further. By Tor Sagen/CG’s by: Robert O’Brien

So I'm guessing this is going to be something like $30,000 limited edition, small run V4s and 1200s for the rest of us? It just baffled me a little why they would spend the time and resources to develop 2 different engines I suppose.

ffkevinking
05-13-2006, 12:36 PM
no not a small run. From what i've read the 1200 wil be the next rsv engine. The limited production v4 is basically so they can race in WSBK.

Kev

Gso3
05-13-2006, 12:42 PM
Purely built for road use... is that another way of saying its slow? :confused:

balbino
05-14-2006, 08:38 PM
Purely built for road use... is that another way of saying its slow? :confused:


Just like the Kawasaki 636 is slow and the Kaw 600 is for racing and is so much faster. This is what aprilia has needed to do for a long time. Hopefully when this goes on sale people will stop passing up the sporty V-Twins for the Japanese bikes that cost $3000 less and have 30 more HP.

Sal Khan
05-14-2006, 08:49 PM
Hopefully when this goes on sale people will stop passing up the sporty V-Twins for the Japanese bikes that cost $3000 less and have 30 more HP.

HAHHAHAHAHA!!! Riiiiiiiiiiiight.

In the case of the 636 and 6RR, the price difference is negligable and the differences aren't that few and far between. I don't think the V4 and VTwin lineup will be the same at all.

I'm thinking this is going to be more like R1 vs R7 back in the day. Oh shit maybe they don't even know WHAT the rules will be, so they're building both! HA!