The new Aprilia RSV4 RF and RSV4 RR, and Tuono 1100 Factory and 1100 RR are some of the fastest, most powerful, most high-tech sportsbikes to ever emerge from Italy
Aprilia's World Superbikes riders, Leon Haslam and Jordi Torres recently had the chance to ride the new Aprilia RSV4 RF and RSV4 RR, and the Tuono 1100 Factory and 1100 RR machines at the Misano World Circuit in Italy. Haslam and Torres, who were on their way from Aragon to Assen, stopped over in Misano for a ride that Aprilia had organised for the media.
"I couldn't pass up the chance to come to Misano to introduce the new RSV4 streetbike and I really had to struggle to resist getting on and taking it for a ride! The level that these bikes have reached is extraordinary. A customer with the Aprilia RSV4 can take advantage of a chassis, electronic controls and top shelf performance which are very close to an authentic Superbike," said Haslam. "Today I had fun being a 'teacher' for the journalists, explaining the characteristics of the Misano track and seeing the street version of the RSV4 RF in action - I was surprised at the unmistakeable sound of the V4. I'm also amazed by the hypernaked Tuono 1100 and now the problem is that I want a Tuono for myself to ride on the street," added Torres.
The two World Superbike riders also had positive things to say about the new Aprilia V4-MP multimedia platform, which transforms the customer's smartphone into an exceptionally useful instrument for accessing ride data. "I was basically born with the smartphone, but Aprilia has developed something truly different than any other app in the motorcycle world. This application is really close to the professional instruments that we riders use," said Torres."You open it and you are immediately localised in the Misano garages, but that is normal in this day and age. What makes the difference is that the smartphone speaks with the bike's control unit, and allows a rider to optimise, turn by turn, on any circuit, the traction control and anti-wheelie-ing sensitivity, and to then analyse your performance at the end of the session, and try to improve, to try and find the best lap time," added Haslam.
According to Aprilia, the new RSV4 and Tuono 1100 are a "profound evolution" of their predecessors. For the new RSV4 RF and RSV4 RR, Aprilia's goals were increased power across the board, more than 200 peak horsepower and increased torque at all engine speeds, all of which have been achieved. The new Aprilia RSV4 machines are still the only superbikes that allow the rider to adjust the engine position in the frame, the headstock angle, the swingarm pivot and the rear ride height, in addition to the fully adjustable suspension. The RR versions also gets Öhlins suspension, forged aluminium wheels and a special paintjob, which distinguishes it from the RF model.
Also, the new Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 remains one of the most powerful bikes in its segment, with 175bhp and 121Nm from its 1,100cc engine. We guess if Torres wants one for the street, it can't be that bad after all...