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Aprilia Unveils New RSV4 and Tuono V4 Models

Aprilia has today unveiled the new RSV4 and Tuono V4 models, including both standard and “Factory” versions of each. These are the flagship sporting models from Aprilia, substantially updated and refined. The RSV4 superbikes get a displacement bump from 1,077cc to 1,099cc, along with a boost in torque. Peak horsepower remains at a claimed 217. The Tuono V4 models will soldier on with the 1,077cc V4 putting out a claimed 175 hp.

There are plenty of other changes to these bikes detailed in the following press releases, which contain information on pricing and U.S. availability.

APRILIA RSV4 AND RSV4 FACTORY

INTRODUCING ON APRILIA.COM WEB PAGES THE FIRST IMAGES OF THE NEW RSV4, EVOLUTION OF AN EXTRAORDINARY AND VICTORIOUS PROJECT, UNIQUE IN THE WORLD

NEW DESIGN WITH BUILT-IN WINGLETS, ENGINE AND ELECTRONICS EVOLUTION, NEW ERGONOMICS FOR EVEN HIGHER PERFORMANCE LEVELS

NEW APRILIA RSV4, THE UNDISPUTED POINT OF REFERENCE FOR SUPERBIKES

The history of the Aprilia RSV4 is one of the most fascinating motorcycle stories in the world. Built with the goal of winning on the track and in every comparative test, it has dominated for a decade, earning the approval of critics and titles in every category in which it has raced. In its most extreme evolution, it even raced in the MotoGP World Championship.

This is the demonstration of an incredibly far-sighted design in a sector where motorcycles are the result of the best technology available to the manufacturer. The Aprilia RSV4 has been constantly updated and refined over time, consistently remaining the reference point for sportiness and performance, the best example of what can be achieved by exploiting the valuable experience of a victorious Racing Department like Aprilia’s, which in its brief history has taken 54 championship titles, including seven achieved in the world SBK championship specifically with the RSV4.

On display for its global première online at APRILIA.COM, now a new RSV4 has been born, profoundly revamped, beginning with the aesthetics.

The new design is the result of a great deal of work done in terms of applied aerodynamics, confirming Aprilia’s commitment to studying increasingly complex and innovative solutions. The style, inspired by the ultra-modern RS 660, and the shapes modelled in the wind tunnel allow an extremely low aerodynamic resistance coefficient, with a significant benefit in terms of performance at high speeds, also increasing the air pressure in the airbox, which all increases downforce.

The winglets are no longer an additional element on the panels, but are built into the double-wall fairings, a solution that optimizes stability at high speeds and simultaneously improves engine cooling, diverting the hot air flows from the rider, in addition to representing a highly aesthetic feature.

The triple LED front headlight unit, featuring perimeter DRL lights represents the lighting signature of Aprilia sport bikes and includes the “bending lights” function: the pair of supplementary lights that illuminate the inside of the turn, increasing visibility when cornering.

The ergonomics are entirely new and improved thanks to the new fuel tank and the new saddle that allow the rider to fit perfectly with the fairings, more on-board space and a more natural and relaxed riding position. The electrical controls are more functional and intuitive, and the new TFT instrumentation is larger and more complete. Thanks to the new Marelli 11MP ECU and the new, six-axis inertial platform, both more powerful, electronic management has improved with control of the full Ride-by-Wire throttle and the APRC operating logic has also been refined. The exclusive suite of Aprilia electronic controls has also been completed with the introduction of the multi-level engine brake control. There are now Six Riding Modes, three for the track (including two customizable) and three for the road (including one customizable): the rider just needs to choose the Riding Mode that best interprets his or her riding needs to automatically obtain the best settings in terms of Traction Control, Wheelie Control, engine brake, ABS and the other managed parameters.

The ultra-fine chassis architecture, heir to a victorious dynasty that boasts 18 world titles and 143 Grand Prix races in the 250 class, has undergone a drastic change with the new swingarm, lighter and with a reinforced lower brace, inspired by the one on the Aprilia RS-GP used in MotoGP, designed to lower masses and increase the stability of the rear end in acceleration.

The first mass-produced, high performance narrow V4 in the world, the most revolutionary and powerful engine ever built by Aprilia, now with Euro 5 emissions approval, gains more torque and confirms its exceptional maximum power level of 217 HP, thanks to targeted operations that include the new exhaust system and the increased effective engine displacement, previously 1,077 cc and now 1,099 cc.

Two versions are available: RSV4 (only in the Dark Losail color scheme) and RSV4 Factory (in the two Aprilia Black and Lava Red color schemes).

Both versions are powered by the revamped 1,099 cc V4 engine, but they can be distinguished by the standard equipment which, for the Factory, includes forged aluminum wheel rims, the semi- active Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 suspension system and the Brembo Stylema brake calipers.

RSV4

Availability:    US End of March / Canada End of April

Price:              US $18,999 / Canada $20,995

RSV4 FACTORY

Availability:    US End of March / Canada End of AprilPrice:  US $25,999 / Canada $27,495

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26 Comments

  1. falcodoug says:

    Love the Tuono. But then I have a thing for Aprilias.

  2. Kermit T Frog says:

    As I said elsewhere in this thread these are nice bikes but way beyond my riding abilities. So…I just found notice that the 2021 Moto Guzzi V85TT variants will now come with TUBELESS spoke wheels.

    I will test ride one and if my handicap can be sufficiently accommodated, the Guzzi will be my next motorbike. Oh…And Piaggio owns Aprilia and Moto Guzzi so it’s remotely related to this thread! 🙂

    Sorry for the minor interruption. I am just kinda excited.

    • Bob Krzeszkiewicz says:

      I finally went and put eyes (and butt) on the V85TT on Saturday. Been wanting it since it was teased but the tubeless wheels and a little more low and midrange HP has finally sold me. It’s now a matter of when they will hit the floors and I’ll head out to AF1 and ride it home.

      I had a Stelvio NTX back in ’14. Only thing I liked was the headlights, shaft and the torque. Sounded exactly like my CRF450X as well which made me want to ride like a complete bastard. Buffeting was deafening, Alpina wheels leaked air and the bags were flimsy and would let in a quart of water each day in the rain.

      The V85TT appears to be better in every way now.

      • Jeremy says:

        “The V85TT appears to be better in every way now.”

        It does? How do you know it won’t leak air, buffet you to death, or double as a sisterne like the Stelvio?

        Just kidding (kinda). They are neat bikes. I hope it lives up to your expectations.

  3. Grover says:

    These two bikes make the little 660 seem like a bargain.

  4. Mick says:

    At a time when sport bikes are in decline, Aprilia seems to be literally doubling down on them with full and reduced plastic faked models.

    Tone deaf?

    • RonH says:

      They’ll be able to race in AMA and WSBK, improve the brand and sell plenty of the naked models they make. There’s plenty of market there.

    • fred says:

      Aprilia is a bit of a niche manufacturer, with a solid customer base. Their numbers won’t match Honda’s, but they will sell the bikes they build. The 1100’s are cool, but the 660’s are in closer alignment with my needs, talent, and budget.

      • mickey says:

        Like most Euro brands, for me the issue is their sparse dealer network. In my state there are 3 Aprilia dealers. The closest 120 miles away…and online the only one you ever hear anyone talk about is a dealer in Texas. AF something?

    • Mick says:

      I was always hoping to see the sequel to the RXV dirt bikes. Those had reliability problems, mostly due to the connecting rods being a little too short.

      But not only did they not follow up. Nobody else did either. Now I suppose the engine would be a parallel twin instead of a V-twin. I’m fine with that.

      But no. Any motorcycle with two or more pistons seems doomed to weigh north of 400 pounds of no lie weight. And I’ll never be fine with that.

      Tune in next week for the 600 pound cruiser or the 550 pound ADV bike. Or some other recurring nightmare.

  5. todd says:

    These bikes have WAY more guts than I will ever have.

  6. RonH says:

    “championship titles, including seven achieved in the world SBK”

    What? I believe there were four.

    • FranzKwaka says:

      The actual number is three, plus one European Superstock which was sometimes referred to as the “World Superstock” Championship.

  7. RonH says:

    What a tease… side view only.

  8. RonH says:

    I’m disappointed that the Tuono’s engine didn’t bet a bump this year.

  9. Lynchenstein says:

    Kinda looks like a 2000 R6 from the side. Cool I guess.

  10. Nick says:

    One thing you can say about Aprilia: they are not lacking in self-belief!

  11. TimC says:

    More sweet nakeds!

  12. carl says:

    How is the Tuono a naked bike? How about a bike with less plastic?

    • Motoman says:

      Thought we beat that one to death in the last thread.

      • Reginald Van Blunt says:

        Yes indeed, – however In a cold rain on the freeway, plastic is worth every and any thing in the world if it keeps the wet off ones knees and chest. Like sitting at home in the sun.
        I’m not talking big ole bagger style either. Just smooth like a rocket.

  13. Selecter says:

    I’ll take one of each, please!

    One thing I note here, though – the RR model of the RSV4 is no longer 999cc, going by Aprilia’s website and press release. The 1099 looks to be in both the RR and Factory models. So… are they just not doing a homologation model for racing now?

  14. Gene says:

    I’ll take a Tuono too 🙂

  15. Motoman says:

    Kinda pricey but I’ll take a Tuono Factory. IMO, you get what you pay for.

    • Goose Lavel says:

      When you’re in there, take one for me. Thanks!

    • Kermit T Frog says:

      Cool bikes. Beyond my abilities both physically and from the standpoint of level of skill to ride on the street let alone a track. I wish Aprilia well in selling these beauties!