Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Aprilia Tuono V4R APRC: One badass streetfighter
Aprilia claim the Tuono V4R is ‘the fiercest naked ever seen,’ and that might well be true. The V4R is, after all, fitted with a 167-horsepower, 112Nm, 65-degree V4 engine and a highly sophisticated, fully adjustable chassis/suspension combo – it really is a full-on superbike with high handlebars. ‘It is in its element when accelerating and braking with unimaginable violence, eats up curves of any radius and swallows straights whole,’ say Aprilia about the Tuono V4R, so you know they haven’t exactly made it for pottering around.
The all-new Tuono V4R, which was recently launched in Valencia, Spain, gets a flaming yellow paintjob and those four alphabets which, when thrown together, create motorcycling magic – APRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control). ‘APRC’ includes a traction control system with eight settings, wheelie control with three settings, launch control with three settings and a quick-shift system that allows you to shift gears very fast, without closing the throttle and without using the clutch.
Aprilia have made the V4R’s first three gear ratios shorter, for even more explosive acceleration. And that V4 engine will still rev to 12,300rpm in all gears, so you know how the bike is going to behave on the street. Other bits that we like on the new Tuono are its six-speed cassette-type gearbox, slipper clutch, ride-by-wire throttle system and self-calibrating traction control system that can actually adapt its functioning to whatever tyres you choose to fit on the bike.
There’s also the Brembo brakes – 320mm brake discs at the front with radial mount callipers, light and stiff aluminium wheels, fully adjustable 43mm Sachs USD fork, Sachs shock absorber with piggyback nitrogen canister and adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping. And finally, rear tyre options include 190/55, 200/55 and 190/50 sizes. With a kerb weight of 183 kilos, claimed top speed for the Tuono V4R is 270+km/h. Yeah, it’s proper badass this one. We sort of like it, though the RSV4 Factory APRC SE is still the one we really, really, really want… :-)
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