Should be interesting to see how the 2011 Aprilia Tuono V4R stacks up against the likes of the Ducati Streetfighter S, MV Agusta Brutale 1090 and Triumph Speed Triple...
It was inevitable that sooner or later Aprilia would do a naked version of the V4-engined RSV4 superbike. And for 2011, Aprilia are doing just that – the Tuono V4R has been officially unveiled at the currently ongoing EICMA show in Milan, Italy. ‘A bike that goes beyond the wildest dreams of even the most hardcore enthusiasts – the rider who, given the chance, would use a race bike just to go for a coffee,’ says a press release from Aprilia, making it clear that the Tuono V4R isn’t exactly meant for pottering around at sensible speeds.
With 162bhp and 110Nm of torque from its V4 – a retuned version of the V4 used on the RSV4 Factory APRC SE – the Tuono V4R also gets ride-by-wire throttle control, revised ratios for its six-speed gearbox and the APRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) package, which includes an eight-setting traction control system, wheelie control system, quick-shifter system for the gearbox and even a launch control system, which allows the bike to get off the line as hard as possible, using every one of those 162 horses.
Other significant bits on the 2011 Aprilia Tuono V4R include Brembo brake components, aluminium wheels and fully adjustable Sachs 43mm USD front fork and Sachs rear shock. Pricing and availability details are yet to be announced, but we guess this supernaked is going to knock the teeth out of every other naked streetfighter out there, including the likes of the Ducati Streetfighter, MV Agusta Brutale, Triumph Speed Triple, Kawasaki Z1000 and what have you. Brilliant. We love it.
2011 Aprilia Tuono V4R: Tech Specs
Engine: 999cc, 65-degree, DOHC, 16-valve V4
Fuel system: Four Weber-Marelli 48mm throttle bodies with four injectors. Ride-by-wire engine management with three selectable maps – Track, Sport, Road
Gearbox: Six-speed, slipper clutch, Aprilia Quick Shift (AQS) system
Chassis: Twin spar aluminium
Suspension: Sachs, 43mm USD fork, monoshock, both ends fully adjustable for compression and rebound damping, and preload
Wheels and tyres: 17-inch wheels front and rear, 120/70 (front), 190/55 (rear) (Rear tyres also available in optional sizes of 190/50 and 200/55)
Fuel tank capacity: 17 litres (including 4 litres reserve)
Kerb weight: 179kg