2014 Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC ABS Coming to the USA

09/27/2013 @ 6:30 pm, by Jensen Beeler10 COMMENTS


While David is in Aragon, I am down in Laguna Seca for the World Superbike races (apparently AMA Pro Racing is here too, though you wouldn’t know it from their TV contract), and Aprilia USA just debuted and confirmed that the alphabet soup that is the 2014 Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC ABS will be landing on US soil starting in October 2013.

The naked version of the venerable Aprilia RSV4 R APRC ABS superbike, the Tuono V4 R is our hands-down favorite liter-class streetfighter, with its burly, yet smooth, power delivery, and industry-leading electronics package.

Keeping the machine inline with its competitors, Aprilia is now adding ABS for the 2014 model year , and thus has raised the bar a little higher with its next iteration of the Tuono V4 R. Helping seal the deal is the $14,499 price tag, which is $500 less than last year’s MSRP.

Making a number of changes to the Tuono’s 999.6cc V4 power plant, Aprilia now claims 167hp from the machine, while adding Bosch’s 9MP anti-locking brake kit. A second-generation APRC system is also onboard, while a larger fuel tank (4.9 gallons) and improved seat round out the finer details that have been modified from the 2013 model.

With the KTM Super Duke 1290 R and BMW S1000R set to debut in just a few weeks’ time though, it will be interesting to see how the bike from Noale, Italy stacks up against its Germanic competition. As always, time will tell.






2014 Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC ABS Technical Specifications:


  • Engine type: Aprilia longitudinal 65° V-4 cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid cooling system, double overhead camshafts (DOHC), four valves per cylinder
  • Bore and stroke: 78 x 52.3 mm
  • Total engine capacity: 999.6 cc
  • Compression ratio: 13:1
  • Maximum power at crankshaft: 167 HP (125 kW) at 11,500 rpm
  • Maximum torque at crankshaft: 111.5 Nm at 9,500 rpm
  • Fuel system: Airbox with front dynamic air intakes; 4 Weber-Marelli 48-mm throttle bodies with 4 injectors and latest generation Ride-by-Wire engine management.
  • Choice of three different engine maps selectable by the rider with bike in motion: T (Track), S (Sport), R (Road)
  • Ignition: Magneti Marelli digital electronic ignition system integrated in engine control system, with one spark plug per cylinder and “stick-coil” type coils
  • Start up: Electric
  • Exhaust system: 4 into 2 into 1 layout, single oxygen sensor, lateral single silencer with ECU-controlled bypass valve and integrated trivalent catalytic converter (Euro 3)
  • Alternator: Flywheel mounted 450W alternator with rare earth magnets
  • Lubrication: Wet sump lubrication system with oil radiator and two oil pumps (lubrication and cooling)
  • Gearbox: 6-speed cassette type gearbox: 1st: 39/15 (2,600); 2nd: 33/16 (2.063); 3rd: 34/20 (1,700); 4th: 32/22 (1,455); 5th: 34/26 (1,308); 6th: 33/27 (1,222); Gear lever with Aprilia Quick Shift electronic system (aQS)
  • Clutch: Multiplate wet clutch
  • Primary drive: Straight cut gears and integrated flexible coupling, drive ratio: 73/44 (1,659)
  • Secondary drive: Chain: Drive ratio: 42/16 (2,625)
  • Traction management: APRC System (Aprilia Performance Ride Control), which includes Traction Control (aTC), Wheelie Control (aWC), Launch Control (aLC), all of which can be configured and deactivated independently.


  • Aluminum dual beam chassis with pressed and cast sheet elements.
  • Steering Damper: Sachs
  • Front suspension: Sachs upside-down “one by one” fork, stanchions 43 mm. Forged aluminum feet for radial calliper mounting; Completely adjustable spring preload and hydraulic compression and rebound damping; Wheel travel: 120 mm
  • Rear suspension: Double braced aluminum swingarm; mixed low thickness and sheet casting technology; Sachs piggy back monoshock with completely adjustable: spring preload and hydraulic compression and rebound damping. APS progressive linkage; Wheel travel: 130 mm
  • Front Brakes: Dual 320 mm floating stainless steel discs with lightweight stainless steel rotor with 6 studs. Brembo monobloc radial callipers M432 with 4 horizontally opposed 32 mm Ø pistons. Sintered pads. Axial pump master cylinder and metal braided brake hoses.
  • Rear Brakes: 220 mm diameter disc; Brembo floating calliper with two 32-mm  isolated pistons. Sintered pads. Pump with integrated tank and metal braided hose.
  • ABS: Bosch 9MP, adjustable on 3 maps, featuring RLM strategy and disconnectable.
  • Wheel rims: Cast aluminum wheels with 3 split spoke design: Front.:3.5”X17”; Rear: 6.00”X17”
  • Tires: Radial tubeless, Front: 120/70 ZR 17; Rear: 190/55 ZR 17 (alternative: 190/50 ZR 17; 200/55 ZR 17)


  • Max. length: 81.2 inches
  • Max. width: 31.4 inches (at the handlebar)
  • Max. height: 42.9 inches
  • Min. height from the ground: 4.9 inches
  • Saddle height: 32.8 inches
  • Wheelbase: 56.8 inches
  • Trail: 4.2 inches
  • Steering angle: 25°
  • Dry weight: 408 lbs
  • Tank: 18.5 liters (4.88 gallons)

Source: Aprilia USA; Launch Photos: © 2013 Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

  • yooperbikemike

    167hp. I just wet myself.

  • MikeD


    I’m sure KTM and BMW are going to piss on Aprilia’s 167hp when they come out …………………………. I hope ?

    Pissing and sexual organ size measuring contest aside.

    SHE STILL UGLY AS EVER, UGLYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY ! Has there ever been a good looking Tuono ?

    I still can’T comprehend how they botched a bike so good looking as the RSV4R and managed to turned into something that looks like dog’s barf, the phrase “lost in translation” comes to mind.

    Truly a shame, it seems she’s one heck of a kit by what testers and owners have said.

    Ok, i’m better now. Sorry for all that unwanted bitchin, my fellow readers.

  • TheSwede

    LOVE it

  • Mitch

    Love the specs, hate the face. Johnny 5 is alive!

  • Norm G.

    re: “I’m sure KTM and BMW are going to piss on Aprilia’s 167hp when they come out”

    “whatev”. noale will then commission a Calvin sticker showing him pissing on the KTM and Beemer’s exhaust notes. if there’s any one thing laymen are guilt of overlooking when simply viewing static pictures is… the SOUNDTRACK. key on, ignition on, piped V4 engine running and the picture changes DRAMATICALLY.

  • coreyvwc

    Is there an option C.) ?
    It’s the best naked on the market, but no one has ever heard of Aprilia so who really gives a shit?

    (i’ve heard of them and would be greatly appreciative of a beta test model)

  • ed

    Is that thing looking at me?

  • MikeD

    @Norm G.:

    Very few engines sound as distinctive as the Aprilia’s narrow V4.
    Specially now a days when almost all bikes are so close performance wise that what truly separates each other are details like sound, ergos, paint schemes, etc.
    Truly a pleasure to the ear right up there with the R1’s Crossplane and the last Ducati “long stroke” of the 1198.

    P.S: I still get a good laugh out of your comments over at Motorcycledaily.com, wich BTW i read daily , too bad they banned me for calling this a Sperm Whale with lip stick.


    Sometimes the Administrator tends to be a bit too “sensitive” about people’s opinion.

    That’s why i love it here. (^_^). We go wild but keep it civilized (most of the times anyways). LOL.

  • Slangbuster

    I’ve got to admit I was taken back by it’s looks initially as well, but after spending the better part of a day riding one at a local track here in CA, it was like dancing with an ugly girl who could dance like hell. It was absolutely one of the best motorcycles I have ever ridden that got better looking with each session. The actress in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” comes to mind. Oh, and did I mention the sound? Go test ride one…just leave your check book in the car.

  • Grant Madden

    LOL if it transformed into a robot and started break dancing I would just grin and nod my head.But I bet that when you ride one all you do is feel the power and listen to that V4 sing.Very hard to see what you are riding unless you’re in town looking at your reflection in shop windows and if that’s your bag,be careful out there and watch out for parked cars and buses pulling out is all I can say.