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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

Aprilia’s new Tuono V4 R APRC has genuine superbike performance, advanced electronic rider aids, a MotoGP soundtrack and a real-world, roomy riding position. Could this be the ultimate real-world superbike?
Producing a claimed 167bhp, it’s more powerful than its closest super naked rivals, like the Ducati Streetfighter, KTM 990 Super Duke and Triumph Speed Triple. It’s a serious weapon on the track thanks to its balanced chassis, strong brakes, powerful engine, quickshifter, traction control and anti-wheelie. On the road it’s loads of fun when you turn the anti-wheelie off and setting the traction control high to deal with the unexpected, is a useful safety feature. You can be the first away from the traffic light GP too, if you use the electronic launch control. With a wide spread of smooth power and an impeccable throttle response it’s far less brutal then the V-twin Tuono of old. It’s also available without the APRC package for a grand less.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Tuono uses the same compact 65° V4 engine as the RSV4 superbike, but tweaked slightly to make it friendlier for road riding. Claimed power is 167bhp@11,500rpm and there’s 82ftlb of torque at 9500rpm. The rev limit is set at 12,300rpm.
Compared to the RSV4, the motor has new valve timing, 20mm longer fixed intake trumpets (opposed to electronically-operated in the superbike) and a heavier flywheel. The first three ratios in the cassette gearbox are shorter and it still has a slipper clutch.
The motor is soft and friendly at low revs, builds strongly in the midrange and explodes into an arm-wrenching frenzy at high rpm. It’s fabulous. Both the APRC and non-APRC versions have three power maps to choose from: T (track), S (sport) and R (road).

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Handling and braking on-track is as good as any superbike and it’s impressively stable for a super naked machine with high handlebars, thanks to its superb chassis set-up and anti-wheelie control. It’s the same confidence-inspiring story on the road and your body isn’t contorted into a race crouch, like on a superbike. The seat is very hard, though and becomes a pain within an hour’s riding.
Compared to the RSV4, the chassis is the same but the engine is positioned 5mm lower, the front end kicked out by 10mm and the swingarm pivot lowered by 5mm, to suit the Tuono’s more upright riding position

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Plump for the APRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) version and you get anti-wheelie, launch and traction control and a quickshifter. That’s on top of a beautifully-crafted aluminium frame and swingarm, fully-adjustable Sachs suspension, Brembo brakes and a switchable display (road/race) LCD dash. You get an amazing amount of equipment for your money.

Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC (2011-current)

Detail Value
New price £12,632
Dealer used prices
£8,360 (2011) - £10,160 (2013)
Private used prices
£7,770 (2011) - £9,140 (2013)
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Engine size 999 cc
Power 167 bhp
Top speed 165 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 5 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Tuono is superbly built, has robust paintwork and a polished frame and swingarm. Reliability should be top notch too.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

When you consider how much the price of Japanese machinery has increased over the past few years, the Tuono V4 R look like the bargain of the century, especially when you consider its high performance and level of equipment.

Insurance

Insurance group: 17 of 17

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Model History

Model introduced in 2011

Other Versions

Tuono V4 R (non-APRC)

Specifications

Top speed 165 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 167 bhp
Max torque ft-lb
Weight 183 kg
Seat height 835 mm
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 999 cc
Engine specification 16v, V4
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment 43mm Sachs USD forks, fully-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Single Sachs shock, fully adjustable
Front brakes 2 x 320mm discs with Brembo four-piston radial calipers
Rear brake 220mm single disc with twin-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/55 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(8 reviews)

  • Bonkers!

    nickodemon

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I would describe this bike as the best bike i have owned. It handles and stops brilliantly, looks immense, aprc package is the best i have used, totally reliable and stonking v4 engine. I have owned the best Japan has to offer, but none have the character of this Italian gem.

    13 September 2013

  • WOW

    tman39a

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I just bought one of the APRC models and have racked up 180miles in 2 days....this is a full on toy...does commute if needed but even the stock exhaust can make windows rattle...I absolutely love the bike. SO what if it only does about 100 miles to a tank...my old KTM 990SMT did 130 from a much bigger tank and doesn't even get close to the Tuono for road fun factor. Only the likes of the KTM Super duke R could come close to this for handling but all the electronic aids just make this so easy to enjoy....nicely done Aprilia

    29 July 2012

  • LOL bike

    tman39a

    Average rating rating is 4

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    took one for a test ride and nearly didn't take it back...i wanted to try it on every back road I could find. A race can on the demo makes a sound to die for and the bike is almost everything any ageing sportsbike rider could want...speed, handling and upright but the seat is like a park bench so best avoid straight roads and make use of the sublime handling and its the easiest bike to move about on i've ever ridden. For me the default tyres aren't best suited to the UK....good tyre but too soft and moves about a lot.

    20 July 2012

  • best bike ever !

    powerj

    Average rating rating is 5

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    rode one on Monday simlpy awesome sound, midrange , top end , handling , everything ! I have owned 1098r , gsxr1000, ktm super duke and ridden everything else . The Apilia is outstanding and even comfortable( dont change the seat aprilia you will lose feel ) all I need to do now is convicen the missus the pillion seat is OK . Ii wont sell my gsxr100k5 but the gsx14 can go. If really necessary the gsxr can go too the Aprilia is that good!!!!

    29 July 2011

  • V4 HEAVEN

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I test drove the Aprillia Tuono V4 R APRC on Saturday afternoon courtesy of Jim Allen In Falkirk. I wanted to love this bike and buy it!! It ticked all the boxes for me the V4 engine the upright riding position. The acceleration the handling the race pedigree, the fully programmable controls and that amazing howl of the exhaust .... It just screamed, "BUY ME NOW!!!" The engine is just amazing, the handling is sublime and the road manners for a 160BHP bike are just incredible. However the seat is like a plank of wood - hard and seriously uncomfortable. I lasted just over 100 miles and could hardly walk after riding it. Aprillia - Please give it a better, more comfortable seat. I would also raise the handle bars by at least 50mm (2 inches) but that would be my personal preference. I hope Aprillia addresses these issues so that I can buy one next year!! Cause otherwise it is an truly awesome machine.

    26 July 2011

  • Epic Bike!

    fawnykate

    Average rating rating is 5

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    You can believe all the hype about this bike, it really is that good to ride and the soundtrack is amazing. I can't see me selling mine anytime soon. I cant praise it enough !!!

    07 July 2011

  • have to agree with sportsboyuk

    ductuono

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I also got this bike just over a week ago and its amazing the sound is to die for (hope not) do not test ride one lol

    03 July 2011

  • FCUK THIS IS THE BEST EVER

    sportsboyuk

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    IF YOU DONT BUY THIS BIKE OR RIDE THIS BIKE THEN YOU HAVE NOT LIVED AND YOU MIGHT AS WELL BE DEAD. I have to shout about it because today june 4th Got this baby, it is so much fun, handles superb, drive superb,grin factor mega, and the sound will make you masterbate like crazy. this bike is so easy to control and backing it into corners is just stonking, so much feed back you can hang out on this. Sorry to the R1 rider who i blew away and left for dead, as he watched me back it inot the corners, and i was gone. what a track day tool this will be, but on the road it simply stunning. GET DOWN TO PALMERS MOTORCYCLES HEMEL HEMPSTEAD SEE JASON AND BUY BUY BUY!!!!!!!!! OMG have to go look at her again and knock one out. live long and enjoy riding.

    04 June 2011

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The best

The tuono V4 standard can draw comments like this , but you will not get what this bike can truly offer . With a full titanium exhaust , a race map , and K&N filter , everything you experience on a standard Tuono goes up a notch . There is no words to really describe it .Then add some BST carbon fibre rims , and watch it go up another notch on the notch . Try imagining what it's like to ride a bike such as this . If your not drooling , your not in the picture. 

29 May 2013 00:32

andypmck

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V4R Tuono

Bought mine begining of June 2011, it's now done 2500miles and can honestly say it's the best bike I've owned. Great soundtrack, sublime handling. Had 1 problem with it, when it cut out whilst overtaking an artic, wouldn't restart untill I switched the ignition off and back on, The dealer found no fault, and its never happened again. The seat is very hard, after 100miles I could hardly walk! But have now got used to it, and is no longer a problem. The only gripe I have is fuel consumption and tank range, averaging 25mpg and a tank range of 90miles, but then I didnt buy it for its fuel economy fortunately!! Otherwise I would recommend this bike to anybody and I wont be selling mine anytime soon!!

07 December 2011 10:32

b16ngh

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V4 disappointment

I got my V4 Tuono back in July after a test ride that blew me away. Picked it up from Peterborough and rode it home, about 75 miles. After getting home I noticed the chain had about 90mm of free play (up and down slop), I adjusted the chain to the correct 30mm of free play then went for another ride of about 50 miles. After this ride the chain had at least 70mm of free play. I had to adjust the chain aniother 4 times before the bikes 1st service at 600miles. I complained to the dealer but they said Aprilia would not replace the chain. I bought a DID chain and fitted it and havn't had to adjust it yet (2100 miles on odo now). At 1500 miles the bike would not start (completely dead). Back to the dealer it went after I fornd that the engine earth bolt had been cross threaded and the cabes were loose. Dealer fixed the problem with a helicoil. At 2000 miles I had an urgent service warning on dash. Back to the dealers with the bike. They found a faulty sensor but it took 3 weeks for them to get a replacement (the part had been superceeded  and the updated part wasn't available. Has anyone else had these problems. I am going to the NEC bike show this weekend and will have a go at Aprilia!!! If it brakes down again it will have to go!!

25 November 2011 11:33

kcworcester

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Hard Seat or Skinny Ass

I own this brilliant bike, but keep reading about how hard the seat is.  Now you can safely say Ive most likely ridden one more than most, and trust me this is not an issue. May I suggest  to those complaining a bit more meat around your skinny ass would fix the problem.        

08 November 2011 23:21

kcworcester

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Steering Damper ???

I also got  my new (APRC) on the 1st September and have enjoyed nearly every minute on it apart from a few rare moments when I thought the steering damper was not quite up to the job. This is the only negative thing I can say about what in short is a brilliant bike. Not to worry though I'll replace the damper with a top end ohlin while its tucked away in the warm over the winter. 

It would be nice to know what other owners think of the standard damper. up to the job or not? 

kcworcester

 

        

08 November 2011 23:07

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