“We are proud to take our place on the grid alongside other enthusiast-based brands from Europe,” says Mike Kull, Aprilia USA Vice-President of Marketing. “The unlimited class featured some of the best racing in 2005, and 2006 will likely be no different. The professional team, along with our other off-road activities in 2006 will give Aprilia a strong entry into the North American off-road market.”
Recent rules changes in the AMA Unlimited Supermoto class allow the Aprilia SXV 550 V-twin to race alongside European counterparts KTM, and Husqvarna, in the unlimited class.
“We are satisfied with the 2006 rules addendum allowing the SXV 550 to race in the unlimited class,” says Robert Pandya, Product Manager for Aprilia Off-Road. “We know that the multi-cylinder format of the SXV is challenging the status quo, however at this configuration was developed to make horsepower while reducing maintenance and stock sound emissions. We hope that 2007 rules changes will also see the SXV 450 racing in the AMA Supermoto Championship class.”
The SXV 550 is based on a 77-degree v-twin, dry-sump engine, powered through fuel injection and housed in a unique trellis frame. Designed to be a flexible and efficient motor, the design of the engine also greatly reduced service intervals and wear of thermodynamic components when compared to single-cylinder machines. MSRP for the SXV 450 is $8399. MSRP for the SXV 550 is $8699. For more information visit www.aprilia-offroad.com.