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.
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.