It takes a lot to make a term like "naked" any sexier, but Aprilia has managed to do exactly that with its latest "naked bike," the new Tuono V4R. A beast of a machine (that looks sort of like an insect), the Tuono is based on the RSV4, but ditches the bodywork for a two-kilogram weight savings and a better view of the 1000cc DOHC V4 engine, which produces 162 horsepower and 81 pound-feet of tire-smoking torque. But the Tuono isn't just about grunt. In fact, it's one of the most sophisticated naked bikes on the market, and it's coming to the United States towards the end of next year.
Keeping all the twist and shout in check are the Aprilia Performance Ride Control and advanced traction control systems. The PRC is a three-position wheelie control system with programmable launch control that employs more accelerometers and gyroscopes than an Apple Store, allowing a little wheelspin out of the corners and offering eight modes that are adjustable right from the handlebars. The traction control, meanwhile, can automatically optimize itself according to the tires you've fitted. Yeah, that's pretty sophisticated. Pretty sexy, too, and you can check it out in closer detail in the high-resolution image gallery below.
NEW YORK (November 2, 2010) – Piaggio Group Americas (PGA), the North American importer and distributor of Italy's Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Piaggio and Vespa brands, today announces nine exciting new models that will ship to certified dealers over the course of 2011. Revealed today at EICMA 2010 in Milan, PGA will offer motor enthusiasts additional entries in the motorcycle, scooter and urban mobility sectors. As is customary, models revealed at EICMA traditionally materialize in the U.S. six to twelve months later. As models ship, new model information will be available on the brand-specific website.
For riders with a need for speed and agility, Aprilia offers four new models to its intense lineup of powerful motorcycles. Derived from the bike that won the coveted 2010 World Superbike Championship Triple Crown - Manufacturer's Title, Team Title and Rider Title with race pilot Max Biaggi – the RSV4 – Aprilia unleashes the RSV4 Factory Special Edition (SE) with the exclusive Aprilia Performance Ride Control package (APRC), which offers superbike race technology to professional and recreational riders alike. Aprilia also applied its knowledge gained on the track to the Dorsoduro 1200, an explosively powerful and extremely agile, twin-cylinder motard, offering riders a balance of performance, precision and excitement. Both the RSV4 Factory SE APRC and Dorsoduro 1200 will be in dealerships in the spring of 2011. Aprilia also designed a bike that novice riders could enjoy -- the RS4 125. It is the successor and most advanced evolution to date of the RS 125, the bike that dominated the 125cc sports class for years and remains the most highly sought after machine among riders competing in the Sport Production Category. The Aprilia RS4 125 introduces the highly advanced, all-new 4 stroke powerplant to the sports segment, while adopting styling and technical solutions inherited from the RSV4. The much anticipated Tuono V4R was also shown at EICMA and, along with the RS4 125, is planned for arrival in the U.S. at the end of 2011. For the latest Aprilia information or to locate a dealer, visit www.ApriliaUSA.com.