The waiting is almost over, and now that Aprilia has released its first pictures of the Tuono V4 R, the drooling can begin. Not only is the bike a feast for the eyes, but thanks to the most impressive spec sheet ever seen on a naked machine, it promises to deliver you to biking Valhalla – all on the back wheel, too.
Using the V4 65° motor from the RSV4 range, the new Tuono unleashes 162bhp to be at your disposal and thanks to slight revisions within the lump 110Nm of torque that’s available 1,000rpm lower than on the superbike. The first three gear ratios are also lower than the RSV4, and we all know what that means…
Gifted the APRC system, based on an inertia sensor platform using clever gyrometers and accelerometers, the Tuono will have eight-level traction control, launch control a quickshifter, and, quite unforgivably, a wheelie control. Giving a naked bike this last function is reprehensible and we dare say it’ll be the least used button since Suzuki stuck its S-DMS three-mode fuelling nonsense on the GSX-R600.
The bike shares the chassis and other elements of the WSB winning machine, such as tail unit, saddle, tank and side panels, meaning the continuity between naked and sports continues beyond the firm’s V-twin versions. Sachs suspension front and rear is straight off the faired bike, as is the Brembo Monobloc braking set-up.
Form an orderly queue, behind us. It’s gonna be mental.