Tuesday, October 04, 2016

2017 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100RR and 1100 Factory unveiled at the Intermot

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With 175 horsepower from its V4 engine and a host of updated electronics, the 2017 Tuono V4 1100 clearly wants to stay on top in the streetfighter segment

We expect a fair number of new bikes to be unveiled at the Intermot, which starts today in Cologne, Germany. And to begin with, there’s the new, 2017-spec Aprilia Tuono V4 1100RR and the more expensive Tuono V4 1100 Factory, which borrows many bits from the Aprilia RSV4 RF superbike. In addition to the new colours and graphics, the new Tuono bikes get upgraded electronics, with revised settings and software for the bikes’ APRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) system. The new system is lighter and more efficient, with 8-step traction (adjustable on the fly), 3-level wheelie control, launch control, an electronic quick-shift system and even cruise control. There’s also Bosch 9.1 MP cornering ABS, which works in conjunction with the bikes’ RLM (Rear Liftup Mitigation) system to deal with heavy braking at high speeds. Other interesting bits on the 2017 Tuono V4 1100RR and 1100 Factory include a new TFT colour display for the instrumentation, and an optional V4-MP Aprilia multimedia platform that lets you connect your smartphone to the bike for full access to riding data.

The Tuono’s 65-degree 1077cc V4 engine is now fully Euro 4-compliant, with a new exhaust system, new ECU and 500rpm higher rev limit. Power output in an impressive 175bhp at 11,000rpm, while torque output is pegged at 121Nm at 9,000rpm. Three riding modes – track, sport and race – allow the rider to optimise power delivery characteristics (as well as levels of electronic intervention) as per their skill / talent / bravery levels. The bikes’ braking system has been upgraded, with twin 330mm brake discs at front and Brembo M50 monobloc calipers. The Tuono V4 1100 Factory gets Öhlins NIX forks at the front, with fully adjustable hydraulics and spring preload. The rear shock and steering damper are also Öhlins items and are fully adjustable.

The 2017 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100RR and V4 1100 Factory both ride on 17-inch cast aluminium wheels. The Factory gets Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa rubber, with a 200/55 rear hoop, while the Tuono V4 RR rides on Pirelli Diablo Rosso III rubber, with a 190/55 rear tyre. Optional extras include an Akrapovic racing exhaust , Öhlins TTX shock absorbers, billet aluminium racing footpegs, forged aluminium wheels and a host of carbonfibre add-ons. Overall, the new Tuono V4 1100RR and Factory could still be the most best, most intense streetfighters / super-nakeds from Europe, though we’ll wait and see what BMW and KTM have to say about that.

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