Now 167 hp strong, those crazy Italians in Noale are upgrading there already stout Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC for the 2014 model year, and for bonus points are adding an ABS package along with those extra ponies on the streetfighter’s peak horsepower figure.
Integrating the Bosch 9MP dual-channel ABS package, which is mated to Brembo M432 brake calipers up-front, Aprilia has made the 2014 Aprilia Tuono V4 R a bit more stable while braking on questionable road conditions — keeping the bike inline with its competitors.
With a bevy of changes coming to the Tuono’s 999.6cc V4 power plant to boost power, we also see that Aprilia has included its second-generation APRC electronics package to the motorcycle, making it easily the most tech-savvy machine in its category.
Other changes include also a larger fuel tank (4.9 gallons), and a new seat for better street performance and ergonomics. It’s not clear if Aprilia USA will price the 2014 Aprilia Tuono V4 R at its previous $14,999 MSRP, or will continue its aggressive pricing at $13,999, like the company has done with the 2013 models.
Having ridden the 2013 model, we can attest to the class-leading performance of the Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC, and seeing the updates given here by Aprilia for the 2014 model, we can only imagine the bar has been set even higher by the Italian company.
Easily the superior machine to the Ducati Streetfighter 1098 (and Ducati Streetfighter 848), it will be interesting to see what BMW can bring to the party with its often spied BMW S1000RR-derived naked bike.
Modifications to the 2014 Aprilia Tuono V4 R Engine:
Revised timing system
Fixed intake ducts now 20 mm longer.
Crankshaft flywheel with increased inertia for improved smoothness and overall balance.
Shorter ratios in the first three gears
Maximum power dropped to 11,500 rpm