Caught spinning laps in Imola with test rider Lorenzo Savadori at the control, what we see here is surely coming for the next model year, but the question is whether it will be a street bike or not.
On the one hand, Aprilia is more than likely adding the aerodynamic aids to keep pace with what has debuted from Ducati on the Streetfighter V4, but the Noale brand has taken a different tack and chosen a design that is closer to what is on its MotoGP project…maybe too close.
We can see from the photos that Aprilia is using biplane-style winglets that attach to the front fairing, rather than on the sides as has been seen previously on the Aprilia RSV4 (the first superbike with winglets, we might add).
Mentioning the full-fairing sibling to the Tuono, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Aprilia update the aerodynamics package on the RSV4 for the next model year as well, to keep the two bikes visually more inline with each other.
GPone hypothesizes though that what we are seeing here could be a naked version of the Aprilia RSV4 X, which was a high-powered track-only variant of the superbike, put together by the Aprilia Racing department.
The bike shown here is dripping in carbon fiber and other go-fast parts, but the obvious lack of turn signals and headlights make us wonder about its future as a street-legal machine.
We likely won’t know the full story until later this year, as we get closer to the traditional time for new bike launches – in October/November.