Or almost. For more than 10 years, the Tuono has not only been a stripped-down version of the sports car of the moment at Aprilia. Over the years, it has become a roadster with a confident personality and spectacular performance. This time, he takes a completely gustatory independence.
Announce cash the Dantesque breath: 175 horses. That’s the watts of a hypersport, right? From the previous decade, of course. It is above all the top of the streetfighter today, which Aprilia shares with KTM and its 1290 Superduke R. The BMW S 1000 R? Not far behind …. But behind. The Z 1000 and GSX-S 1000? In the middle of the previous turn. The Speed Triple and CB 1000 R? Uh … further. But this joyful fighting illustrates the fantastic leap in power that the ultimate roadsters have made in recent years, and the madness that has gripped some.
Is it the Tuono which asserts itself or Aprilia which wants to demonstrate that it is not only in WSBK that the brand imposes it? La Tuono leaves it to its parents to debate. During this time, she is sharpening her V4 to atomize a good part of everything that rolls on the roads. Like its predecessor, it takes the excellent block of the sporty RSV4, then widens the bore (from 78 to 81 mm) and thus increases its displacement to 1077 cm3. It is not so much the search for maximum power that is targeted but the availability of the boiler. At the top of the graphics, this demonic machine gains 5 horsepower and a small half mkg of torque. What interests us more is what happens at mid-range with this increased airspace. And it causes: the V4 1100 distributes 20 more horsepower at 8000 rpm than the previous Tuono. A hell of a potato in addition, ideal for you to blow a filling in the times.
Such a result is to the credit of improvements common to the RSV4 RR: lighter Pankl connecting rods, revised intake and lubrication, a more powerful ECU and a recalibration of the 3 driving modes..
After the engine upgrade comes the upgrade of the on-board electronics. The Aprilia are very well equipped at this level. In addition to the 3 maps (Track, Sport and Road), the Tuono V4 1100 has a new generation of APRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) including 8-level traction control, anti-wheeling, assistant standing start and the house shifter. A Bosch 9MP ABS with 3 intervention laws as well as an anti-stoppie complete the digital endowment.
Not completely ; there is still a bonus, but which is used him after the race … um, I mean the muscular ride. As on the sporty cousin, Noale’s roadster has a telemetry system allowing you to consult a host of data from your smartphone, but also to adjust certain parameters via the dedicated application..
More muscular, more efficient, more technological … and more user-friendly. If the technical sheet of the Tuono 1100 affirms additional tone at all levels, its facies has gained in softness. The fork crown and the eyes have softened, while a larger bubble intends to improve (a little) the protection. The ergonomics are also in the direction of friendliness with a lower seat of 15 mm and announced more comfortable as well as a narrower handlebars.
The chassis is not of the same empathy. No question of being nicer but more efficient. Aprilia knows how to make sharp part-cycles, allowing to exploit beyond the reasonable the possibilities of its machines. For the Tuono V4 1100, the requirement slider has gone up a notch. The RSV4’s double aluminum beam frame is there. Then, the Superbike experience speaks: swingarm extended by 6 mm, caster angle retracted from 25.1 ° to 24.7 ° and caster reduced from 107.4 mm to 99.7 mm. These small tweaks to the geometry should boost agility while optimizing traction and stability..
The suspensions, 43 mm inverted fork and shock absorber, are entrusted to Sachs (the Factory reserves the right to fit Öhlins) and braking at Brembo. As on the previous generation, these are M432 monobloc radial calipers on 320 mm discs that stop the 184 kilos of the beast.
A bit lighter, more powerful with a peak of 175 horsepower and large reinforcement of watts at mid-range, dynamically improved and electronically revised, the Tuono V4 in this episode 1100 is reinforced and remains one of the most terrible roadsters in the series never designed. Big heart mandatory and serious technical baggage imposed, even if the multiple assistance digest and channel the strength of the Italian 4 cylinders. We would be entitled to be afraid of him, while fantasizing about the enormous sporting capacities of this machine.
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TUONO V4 1100 RR 2015
Model marketed in
250 km / h
The technical aspect
Aprilia TUONO V4 1100 RR 2016
- Tank: 18.5 liters
- Dry weight: 184 kg
- Train before
- secondary by chain
- Rear axle
(81 x 52.3 mm)
at 11,000 rpm
at 9000 rpm