2010 Aprilia Tuono V4, RSV4 R spied at Mugello

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Looks like the Aprilia Tuono V4 and Aprilia RSV4 R are nearly ready  for launch. Both models were spied testing at a public track day at Mugello in Italy. While neither model is a huge revelation  — both are based on the Aprilia RSV4 Factory — seeing them does reveal several crucial details.

Update: The photographer didn’t think a photo credit was enough, so we’ve pulled the Tuono V4 image. Feel free to Google the image from the 50,000 sites now running the story.

Word is the RSV4 R will follow in the footsteps of the RSV 1000 R,
using lower-spec components than its Factory counterpart to bring the
price down.  While the RSV4 Factory comes in at around €20,000, expect
the R to compete with bikes like the 2010 BMW S1000RR around the
€16,000 mark. No word on US pricing on either Aprilia yet, but the
S1000RR is priced at $13,800 here, so look for something in that

Keeping costs down is Showa instead of Öhlins suspension, less exotic
wheels and less aggressive engine mapping. The R should also ditch the
Factory’s extensive use of carbon fiber, but appears to retain the Brembo Monoblocs.

The Tuono looks to be along the same lines, continuing the current
model’s tradition essentially removing the fairing and fitting flat
bars and ugly headlights. Look for both models to drop officially at
EICMA in November. We’ll keep you updated.

via OmniMoto.it and Aprilia Forum

  • stacey

    I wonder how the RSV compares power/weight ratio wise to the BMW? And it seems like the RSV4 will be priced close to the Ducati 1198S, if not a bit higher

    • http://Http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      The Factory is the pricey one, the R less so.

  • Charlie

    The new Tuono could be a great bike. Personally, I don’t like the look of the Streefighter and this spy shot is encouraging. The Tuono might have simpler lines. Everyone is raving about the V4…I’m looking forward to seeing it

    • Ben

      Make that two interested parties. The Streetfighter has a few compromises for the sake of design that I’m not interested in dealing with plus… V4. 2010 is shaping up to be a great year for anyone interested in a V4. I hope.

      Though, being that the engine is an in-house design, long term reliability is an obvious question.

      • Isaac

        I thought ROTAX did the R&D for the new Priller V4?

        • http://www.dainese.com DaineseDan

          Rotax built the V-Twin 990 used throughout the Aprilia line. The new V4 is designed and built in-house by the same engineer who designed the V8′s currently in use by Ferrari and was former Technical Director for the Ferrart F1 team. I have no concerns whatsoever regarding the engine and reliability.

          One thing that has not been mentioned here, is the same said engineer has stated that it is likely that the Tuono will be using a big bore 1200cc version of the V4 that is purported to still produce VERY healthy horsepower, but also more than prodigious torque.


  • http://muthalovin.com the_doctor

    Any idea on output numbers, or is it way too early to tell?

    I love the Tuono, and look forward to seeing one in real life.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Well both are using the same V4 as the RSV4 Factory, which makes 180bhp.


    Wow, you stole an image from another site, the photog caught you and called you out for stealing said image that others probably paid for and you get snippy? Wow, just wow. That guy probably invested tens of thousands of dollars in his equipment (ever price a 400mm f/2.8 or any of the latest, greatest digital bodies?) so he has the right to ask the image not be used. Just because others stole the image doesn’t make it right for you to do the same thing. Can I take all your hard work from this site and hijack it for use on my own site? No. That wouldn’t be ethical. I’m a professional photographer who also happens to shoot motorsports. I’d never let a site use my images for free without a prior written agreement.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      There’s such a thing as public domain, we found the image on a third party website, one of many that are now publishing it. In fact, it’s use is now so widespread that we had no legal compulsion to pull it, but, as a gesture of good will, did so at the photographer’s request.

      I’d strongly suggest that you research Creative Commons licenses. As the entire model for publishing changes, things are moving away from traditional copyright extremely rapidly.

  • Nick

    Akrapovic have released exhausts for the RSV4. There’s an image of the bike that looks more similar to the one above and less like the Factory except it’s equipped with Ohlins and Brembo. Linkd below.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      I just looked at that, and it’s the Factory with Ohlins suspension front and back, lighter wheels, etc.

  • Nick

    They’ve also got a dyno chart showing a massive increase, especially in torque (I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a claimed difference from a slip-on alone). It really seems to smooth out the power delivery down low that probably accounts for the negative comments about riding in traffic.