Back in April, we told you an Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 was waiting in the wings, well here it is, at least in clay model form. Captured by Spanish magazine SoloMoto, this shot shows Aprilia's 130bhp, 89lb/ft 1200cc v-twin in a Dorsoduro chassis, apparently in the early stages of development. According to our information, the big supermoto was engineered to accept this motor -- first seen in the FV2 1200 concept -- from the beginning, meaning this could be an old photo. Additionally, a dyno chart and spec sheet which compares the two engines has leaked from the factory. It follows the jump.
Expect to see this engine in the Shiver -- which shares its chassis with
the Dorsoduro -- as well as an all-new 1200cc Caponord destined to rival
the BMW R1200GS.
The new engine can't come soon enough to the Dorsoduro, which has come
under much criticism for weighing a full 10kg more than a Ducati Hypermotard while using a 350cc smaller engine. The new 1200cc motor
makes 32bhp and 34bhp more than its 750cc counterpart and only weighs
5-7kg more, so it should be considerably faster. Expect the Dorsoduro
1200 to debut at the EICMA show on November 4th or 5th.