APRILIA TUONO V4R (2011 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£340|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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
EngineNext up: Reliability
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).
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
The Tuono is superbly built, has robust paintwork and a polished frame and swingarm. Reliability should be top notch too.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||16v, V4|
|Frame type||Aluminium twin spar|
|Fuel capacity||17 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||40 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||£340|
|Used price||£6,200 - £8,000|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||167 bhp|
|Max torque||101 ft-lb|
|Top speed||165 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||151 miles|
Model history & versions
The Aprilia Tuono V4R was first introduced in 2011 before being updated in 2013.
Aprilia gave the bike a comprehensive makeover, with more power, even more advanced electronics, new brakes and a larger fuel tank.
The naked Tuono V4R has received the same host of changes that were seen on the RSV4 earlier in 2013, with the 999cc V4 engine given a bit more power with a mild 3bhp power-boost to 170bhp claimed peak power thanks to reduced internal friction and modified sump along with a new exhaust system.
Other engine changes included revised timing, 20mm longer inlet tracts, a heavier crankshaft flywheel for improved smoothness, shorter gear ratios in the first three gears and the peak power now delivered lower at 11,500rpm.
Aprilia didn’t just improve performance; there were changes aimed at making it easier to ride, thanks to revised suspension settings and an improved 43mm Sachs fork.
The larger fuel tank (up 1.5 litres) was also redesigned to make it more comfortable for the rider to grip and brace against when cornering or braking hard.
Brakes were updated to Brembo M432 radial calipers and 320mm discs which had a revised cross-drilled pattern claimed to give better feel under hard use.
A revised electronics package, adding multiple-mode ABS, traction control, anti-rear wheel lift, wheelie control, launch control, and a quickshifter.
This is the debut for ABS on a Tuono, and it was just part of the Aprilia Performance Ride Control (APRC) first seen on the RSV4. The Aprilia-developed system was the most advanced available with a self-calibrating tyre-circumference system which takes into account tyre wear and joins together all of the ABS, traction control, wheelie control, launch control and anti-rear wheel lift systems.
The eight-level traction control can be adjusted on the move, and allows a degree of wheelspin while cornering. The wheelie control has three settings and will allow the front wheel to hover over the Tarmac, while the launch control has three settings and works with the quickshifter.
Tuono V4 R (non-APRC)
Owners' reviews for the APRILIA TUONO V4R (2011 - on)
20 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Reliability & build quality:|
|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£340|
Annual servicing cost: £450
Truely excellent in performance & build quality, What more.....
Smooth naked, can commute, track day or all day comfortable
Poetry in motion a true throbbing classic
Cheap to run except for tyres and if you need a valve service.
Too much tech for me, but TC and anti-wheelie prove useful in preventing accidental front end aeronautics, Gilles bar risers, 20mm shortened & welded side stand, a lithium battery and 20mm Lust racing rear reducer sorts it all.
Buying experience: Bill Smith in Chester, very easy to buy
Annual servicing cost: £250
This bike does everything you can want, effortlessly
Fuel consumption dictates how often you need to stop (120 mls), if it was not for that could ride all day no problem
No problems yet
Poor fuel consumption is the only issue
Have fitted taller screen, Tail tidy, Bar end indicators & mirrors, satnav. O/E Pirelli Diablo Rosso 111 suit me just fine.
Annual servicing cost: £350
It's my 4th Aprilia and they get better and better. A fantastic mix of chassis, engine and braking, with a more upright (yet sporty) riding position. The quick shifter is perfect and the electronics give you a wide range of options for road and track. On the track it's effortless but it's so much better on the road. It's a proper beast and loves being thrown around the B roads. A couple of electrical gremlins, low MPG and a poor turning circle drops it to 4 stars
It's brilliant on most roads, but does get upset on bumpy Fenland tracks! I suppose I could always slow down...... The brakes lack initial bite, but soon kick and and are very progressive. Very impressive on the track. I've never had a problem with the seat, and the 2015 onward version feels too soft. Not much room for pillions, although it's acceptable up to 45mins (so I have been told)
It's simply staggeringly. Power everywhere, sounds brutal and the V4 pulls like a rocket from 5k. It's the bike part of the bike
Oil warning light came in after some light off road shenanigans, and the bulb warning light sometimes comes on, but that's it. Build quality is good, lovely paint and very well made/solid components
It's not a cheap bike to run, so be prepared. 35mpg average, up to 40mpg on a long run. Considering it's a full blown superbike, I'll live with it. Servicing costs are higher than average and it needs top spec oil. But you can get a great 2nd hand bargain; just make sure it has a full and complete service history.
It's a versatile bike. I've tracked it, toured on it with a Ventura kit containing all my camping gear, commuted in the rain, and hooned around the Norfolk coastline. It needs heated grips in the winter, and cruise control would be handy, but that's it
Buying experience: Bought privately. 2014 model for £7k Inc loads of nice add-ons.
Annual servicing cost: £500
Great engine and electronic toys but real pity about reliability and fuel economy.
Like someone stuck a ferret down your trousers. You don't buy a bike like this and worry about fuel economy...you just worry where the next gas station is :)
Fork seals gone after 11000kms. Valve clearances naffed at 10000km. Electronics went walkabout after decent ride at 9000k. Too much time in the shop has ruined the love affair. Paying to get stuff fixed annoying too. Pity. Doesn't do much to change the stereotypical Italian quality jokes.
$500 is a lot! Drinks like a sailor on shore leave. Apart from that the actual bike was good value for what it does and how much other premium brands cost...not to mention what the Japanese cost now (although you do get quality with them).
Top spec. Love the APRC
This bike covers all bases, swapped a Fireblade in for this bike and it does not disappoint, the power and torque is unbelievable, engine braking is so so good you hardly need the brakes, no chicken strips on this bike it handles superbly, electronics are amazing and give you so much confidence.very thirsty however only about 100 miles to the tank but well worth it, sound form stock exhaust is also great, not found any negatives a as of yet .
This bikes managed to put me back where I was 25 years ago: like a child drooling for an ice cream on a hot and boring Sunday at the coast. As a former "Ducati man", Aprilia was the bike for the biking Johnnies to me. Well, this Tuono Buono changed my opinion, ladies!
It's a rocket with a parachute. This things puts you on a permanent roller coaster. Makes you regret you didn't go for the RSV4 :-) It's thirsty on fuel. You don't order a call girl to negotiate her rates, do you? My ex Duc 1098 was a lean and mean racing machine and the Kawa ZX10R was ...another one, but if you're getting a tiny bit older and want to commute without a daily wrist massage (without happy end!), this is thé thing! Mean an low turns behind high handle bars are still not my thing unfortunately... I'll buy this bloody RSV4 too!
Chuck Berry on fire in the ears, accelarations that make you fear for your fillings and even willing to commute! Never thought a bike could be so versatile without being dull like a ...Honda? It's like a 22 years old beauty, with brains.
So far so good. Some kling-klang noises in the engine (when shifting down) remind me not everything is plastic on this thing, As long as nobody's leaving the ship, it's all good. Starts nicely without a morning mood and there's no shame to show off at the terrace of your favorite pub. That's when you realize more friends had an idea of investing in Aprilia btw. The finishing touch is not at Ducati or MV Agusta level, but who cares? A good character is so much nicer than great looks (noooot).
Second hand remains the best way to get a great value for your pesetas ;-) Buying this new seems expensive for a naked, even for a diabolic naked. Problem is this type of bikes remain a compromise. And I don't compromise over 10 000€ !
The 3 riding modules and 8 traction control levels supposed to make you believe you're such a "crazy" rider you'll need them, seem idiot proove. Even I managed to understand it. THAT's hard evidence!
Buying experience: Second hand after 2 years. Bike had 1 350km. That's less than half the new price. If it appears it was not stolen, I'm a lucky buyer and there is a not so happy seller.
Version: Abs aprc
Annual servicing cost: £220
Fabulous real world super bike performance. racing technology. racing costs... ie fuel.
Faultless. only downside is standard seat ok up to 100 miles. but gel alternative fares better
Best ever. however off the bottom end up to say 5000 rpm is non existent to flat. unlike Ducati v twins.But after 5000 rpm there is nothing like it anywhere. standard exhaust is well fruity but HOWLS with aftermarket pipe. stunning
Overall quality is good. however don't think its up to Ducati standards even pre Audi purchase time...plastic air housing looks really cheap and castings and fixings don't look as good as Ducati. although probably in fairness at least on par with Japanese alternatives. have had clutch cable snap. to be fair dealer advised may be through figment of cheap ebay aftermarket levers. also had oil leak front left hand side. only paid for 30 mins labour....plus point was clutch cable arrived in dealers day after ordered.
Fuel is ridiculous at 28 mpg. 90 miles then max of 13 miles. then you pushing. I know from experience
Electronic nearly everything and adjust on the fly. excellent.
Buying experience: Easy friendly and professional
Version: 2015 APRC Revised Version Monoblock Brembo 19L tank Revised fuel map comfier seat.
Annual servicing cost: £400
The 2014 model omitted from MCN review info was given a few tweaks fuel map, monoblock Brembo front calipers slightly larger tank, some electronic wizardry and a softer more comfy seat and was available in black or white. I love this bike its insanely quick and the noise it makes is addictive.The quickshifter is amazing it takes a bit getting used to keeping it wide open and changing up without the clutch but the way it works and the sound it makes is the shizzle! It's a hard bike to drive slowly not happy below 5k rpm, around town you spend most time in first gear which is good for 60+ mph, 30 in 2nd is just beyond piston slap. The handling is sublime quick turning and stable at speed. Can be difficult at low speeds as the turning circle is the same as a supersport but crank it up and its light and planted you can crack it wide open at any angle and the gadgets do their thang!
The ride is firm even when set soft for road use but is never unsettled even over ragged potholed British roads. The brakes are immensely powerful and take a bit of getting used to the initial bite is weak but once it grabs it grabs hard and if the ABS is on full the lever is soon pulsing. You can brake a little mid bend without upsetting the bike and its amazingly easy to tighten or widen your line mid corner.Powering out of corners is like nothing else even on damp roads you can crack it wide open. I can ride for around three hours before the numb bum sets in as for pillions my one and only thus far described it as scary perched high behind me getting the full wind blast with the hand grips directly underneath them felt unsecure!
Absolute beast if you red line in any gear you're going too fast! Best revved not happy just above tickover.
I think its a beautiful looking bike and the quality of the components are great but its not as well put together as a Honda or Ducati the plastics feel flimsy and it does not all line up perfectly. The mirrors on mine fold in at high speed and when accelerating hard. No reliability issues as yet. Paint is great and the polished frame and swingarm adds class.
Lots of bike for the money. Not cheap to service but why would it be with all the kit.
It's a supernaked the only thing I'd like it does not have is fuel gauge no biggie!
Version: APRC ABS
Excellent Machine full of character with sufficient rider aids to ensure a safer and enjoyable journey
Good firm ride, well able to handle B roads, and excellent on "the twisties". The seat is comfortable enough on journeys up to two hours, I would not recommend the bike for touring or commuting, but this is not what the bike is about. I would not take a pillion rider on a journey out of choice!!
outstanding performance from the V4 engine, sufficient torque after 4000 revs, very flexible up to the 12000+ limit,
Thirsty when pressed, however averaging over 34MPG with my relaxed riding style. service intervals reasonably spaced, oil and water use less than expected
Love all the "toys" will probably never test them to the limit, but extremely comforting to know they are there, suggest the minimum amount of intrusion according to skill and ability for the most satisfying riding experience. They seem complex on first encountering, but quickly become intuitive to a regular rider of the machine.
Buying experience: Excellent service from the Aprilia Dealer in Peterborough, payed the asking price but received a full service and 2 new tyres as part of the deal, excellent PCP package meeting my request to gear the transaction to account for an annual change of vehicle.
Annual servicing cost: £200
The good bits are pretty much as described in every other review
Comfort wise I can do 150-200 miles without any serious aches and pains
So far I've had the clocks changed due to misting up, front discs changed slightly warped, after 1500 miles one of the fuel clips burst open spewing petrol over the bike and now the fork seals are leaking, all these jobs are covered under the warranty but Aprilias after sales is truly appalling currently looking at 6 weeks for the fork seals which to me shows their utter contempt for the customer
Considering it's got virtually every bell and whistle a fuel gauge would be nice as I've had a few close shaves nearly running out
Please read on and you'll understand why it got a 3.
Fantastic. Loved the bike when it was running.
I'll give it a 2 because before it gave up the ghost the engine was great. Power delivery was spot on and mental enough to get you into trouble if you wanted to (and out if you needed to as well).
It would have got 0 but that wasn't an option. 1 trip around Scotland and survived 1500 miles. Great first trip and loved the bike. Trip to across several countries to the Lakes in Italy and nearly back. Broke down with about 6000 miles on the clock. 4 months old! Engine intermittently high revving on its own, engine sounding like a bag of gravel. I am waiting to see what is actually wrong with it Needless to say this hasn't done a lot to reverse opinions about Italian bikes.
Its still in warranty which is a good job otherwise I'd hate to think what value and running costs would be!
Buying experience: Bought from a dealer I've used before. Can't fault them for the subsequent problems.
Wow the feeling on this bike is awesome and the noise of the engine. It pure! Vraiment un bike de fou
Awesome bike to ride
Coolent leak and sometime wont start on hot start.
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.
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
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.
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!!!!
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.
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 !!!
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
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.