Aprilia’s new Tuono V4 naked bike range will debut key styling and performance enhancements when it hits local showrooms sometime in mid-2021.
Pricing has yet to be locked in, however, Aprilia’s local arm has confirmed that the bike will be available in standard V4 guise, as well in track-ready V4 Factory trim.
The new Tuono V4 takes on a refreshed design language that was previewed by the middleweight Tuono 660, with built-in winglets and a sharp new front-end that houses LED cornering lights and daytime running lights.
As with its RSV4 sportsbike sibling, which is closely related mechanically, the new Tuono V4 sees refined ergonomics that suit the new fuel tank and tail fairing design.
Aprilia says that the standard Tuono V4, which will be available in Tarmac Grey and Glacier White colour schemes, “adopts the charateristics of a street sport bike” thanks to raised handlebars and added touring comforts for both rider and pillion.
Meanwhile, the Tuono V4 Factory is exclusively available in Aprilia Black, and gains a number of high-performance components like Ohlins semi-active suspension for improved handling and high-speed stability.
A number of changes have been made to the Tuono’s electronics suite, refining the six-axis rider-assistance suite to include adjustable engine brake control.
Also new is a larger TFT instrument cluster which now gives access to six rider modes, three of which are designed for the road, and the other three are tailored for the track.
As before, these rider modes adjust traction control, wheelie control and ABS, among other parameters.
In an effort to increase rear-end stability under acceleration, a lighter swingarm has been adopted from Aprilia’s WorldSBK resources.
The 2021 Aprilia Tuono V4 retains its 130kW/121Nm 1077cc four-cylinder engine, although it now meets Euro5 emissions standards thanks in part to a new exhaust system.
While the Tuono 660 shares much with the RS 660, the new naked bike is distinguished by a higher, more upright riding position, as well as a shorter final drive for “responsiveness” and “quickness”.
Powering the bike is a 659cc parallel-twin delivering 73.5kW (100hp) and 67Nm with a standard up/down quickshifter, and a potentially segment leading electronics package.
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