APRILIA TUONO V4R (2011-on) Review

Published: 25 April 2011

Naked RSV4 is among most potent and exciting of all-super nakeds. Not for the faint hearted

Aprilia Tuono V4 R ARPC

Naked RSV4 is among most potent and exciting of all-super nakeds. Not for the faint hearted

  • At a glance
  • 999cc  -  167 bhp
  • 40 mpg  -  151 miles range
  • Medium seat height (835mm)
  • £12,632

Overall Rating 5 out of 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 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

Engine 5 out of 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).

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

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

Value & Running Costs 5 out of 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.

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Equipment 5 out of 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.

Owners' Reviews

8 owners have reviewed their APRILIA TUONO V4R (2011-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.8 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.9 out of 5
Engine 4.9 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.8 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.6 out of 5
Equipment 4.8 out of 5
5 out of 5

Bonkers!

13 September 2013 by nickodemon

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... Read more character of this Italian gem.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

WOW

29 July 2012 by tman39a

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... Read more 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

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

LOL bike

20 July 2012 by tman39a

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

best bike ever !

29 July 2011 by powerj

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... Read more 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!!!!

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5

V4 HEAVEN

26 July 2011 by Anonymous

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Epic Bike!

07 July 2011 by fawnykate

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 !!! Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

have to agree with sportsboyuk

03 July 2011 by ductuono

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 Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

FCUK THIS IS THE BEST EVER

04 June 2011 by sportsboyuk

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
Read all 8 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2011
Year discontinued -
New price £12,632
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 167 bhp
Max torque 101 ft-lb
Top speed 165 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 151 miles
Specification
Engine size 999cc
Engine type 16v, V4
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 835mm
Bike weight 183kg
Front suspension 43mm Sachs USD forks, fully-adjustable
Rear suspension Single Sachs shock, fully adjustable
Front brake 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

History & Versions

Model history

Model introduced in 2011

Other versions

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