The Tuono V4 family of Aprilia motorcycles is made up of two distinct models, the Tuono V4 1100 RR and the Tuono V4 1100 Factory as the most exclusive version equipped with components which are largely derived from the Aprilia RSV4 RF superbike.
For 2019 Tuono V4 1100 Factory now comes standard with the most advanced semi-active electronic suspension system currently available on the market, developed by Öhlins and fine tuned with the collaboration of Aprilia engineers.
The new electronic suspension management system, Smart EC 2.0 semi-active suspension allows for different operating modes: semi-active mode and manual mode, both selectable using the buttons on the handlebar.
In the semi-active mode, suspension performance is managed by the Smart EC 2.0 system which actively intervenes on operation thanks to an algorithm that processes the data transmitted from the vehicle to the dedicated ECU in real time. In this mode, the Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory suspension adjusts their hydraulic calibration, second by second, to the type of route and the riding style used.
In the manual mode there are 3 Riding Modes the user can select: Track, Sport and Road. These enable predefined calibration types without semi-active assistance, therefore in the same way that mechanical type suspension systems operate.
Both in the semi-active and manual mode, the user is still left with the possibility, within the three aforementioned logic maps, of fine tuning and customising the suspension calibration based on personal taste and riding style.
The Öhlins steering damper is also managed electronically by the Smart EC 2.0 system now and it is fully customisable.
The OBTi (Objective Based Tuning Interface), visible on the 4.3 inch colour TFT dashboard of the Aprilia Tuono V4, makes the settings intuitive. The system allows the rider to customise suspension calibration in every single situation in which the suspension system is stressed such as, for example, in the acceleration and braking phase, in order to have the ideal settings in each of these areas.
Simple and quick to adjust, as well as extremely effective in any condition: the innovation introduced by the electronically managed suspension system is important on a motorcycle like the Tuono V4 1100 Factory, intended for use in very different environments (from the track to the road and touring) which demand as many different setups to provide the best riding experience.
The Aprilia Tuono V4 on board electronics remain unchanged with the fourth generation Aprilia Performance Ride Control integrating seamlessly with the fully integrated Ride-by-Wire throttle control and the inertia platform that allows an optimum possibility of detecting the dynamic conditions of the bike and therefore effective electronic control strategies.
Tuono V4 1100 RR and Tuono V4 1100 Factory APRC include
ATC: Aprilia Traction Control, adjustable on the fly (without having to release the throttle) to 8 settings thanks to a practical joystick, boasts precise and high performance operating logic.
AWC: Aprilia Wheelie Control, the wheelie control system that can be adjusted to 3 levels, has extremely precise operating strategies. Wheelie control can be adjusted on the fly without closing the throttle, like the ATC, thanks to the practical left side electric block.
ALC: Aprilia Launch Control, for use on the track only, with 3 settings, uses extremely effective operating strategies.
AQS: Aprilia Quick Shift, the electronic gearbox that allows shifting without closing the throttle and without using the clutch, also equipped with the downshift function, to allow clutchless downshifting. Its open-throttle downshifting feature is exclusive.
APL: Aprilia Pit Limiter, the system that lets you select and limit the top speed allowed in pit lane at the track or simply to make it easier to comply with posted speed limits on the road.
ACC: Aprilia Cruise Control. This is very convenient on longer trips because it lets you maintain the set speed without touching the throttle.
The Tuono V4 1100 range is fitted with the advanced multimap Cornering ABS system, Bosch 9.1 MP. This system optimises the ABS intervention in corners, thanks to a specific algorithm that constantly monitors various parameters such as lateral acceleration, the pressure applied to the front brake lever, the lean, pitch and yaw angle, modulating the braking action in order to better guarantee the ratio between deceleration and stability.
The ABS system works in unison with the Aprilia RLM (Rear Liftup Mitigation) system that limits the lift of the rear wheel during more abrupt braking.
Cornering ABS, fine tuned in accordance with Aprilia’s specific indications, is adjustable to 3 levels of sensibility and can be switched off.
In order to allow riders with various levels of experience to find the best possible combination, each of the three Cornering ABS maps can be combined with any of the three engine maps (Sport, Track, Race).
The latter are all three “full power” and differ in the way they dole out the 175 HP of which the Aprilia V4 is capable, in addition to the percentage of engine brake dedicated to them.
The colour TFT digital instrument cluster boasts exceptional display options and it is capable of managing the user interface required for the intuitive electronic adjustment of the new Tuono V4 1100 Factory’s suspension system.
The two selectable screen pages (Road and Race, both with night and day backlighting) correspond to as many represented indexes. V4-MP is available as an option. This is the Aprilia multimedia platform that lets you connect your smartphone to the vehicle, introducing a true corner by corner electronic settings calibration system with data that can subsequently be downloaded to your laptop (or displayed directly on the smartphone screen) for analysis, just like they do at the races. V
4-MP offers a new connection protocol that reduces smartphone battery consumption to a minimum, in addition to providing a larger range of circuits already mapped in which you can manage the electronic settings corner by corner, as well as user acquisition of a new circuit that is not in the list Aprilia has provided. V4-MP includes the infotainment system, introduced by Aprilia for the first time on the Tuono V4, to manage voice commands and incoming/outgoing telephone calls with your smartphone.
65-degree V4 engine
The Tuono V4 1100 is the only naked powered by a 65° V4 engine. The narrow V architecture has made it possible to make an engine that is extremely compact lengthways which helps to centralise weights and to have a compact chassis.
The changes made in this evolution of the Italian V4 resulted in an increase in overall reliability and performance, without sacrificing any of the great character and marvellous sound that bikers love so much.
In order to guarantee maximum reliability, decreasing friction at the same time, the piston pins have DLC surface treatment, whereas the connecting rod heads boast a surface honing treatment. The combustion chambers are no longer obtained through a fusion process, but by a finer, numerically controlled mechanical process, whereas the gearbox has a linear sensor that guarantees impeccable gearshift operation.
Suspension / Brakes
The new Tuono V4 range features a frame that is closely derived from that of the Aprilia RSV4 assisted by top of the line braking and suspension systems. The front Brembo braking system comes from the RSV4 and relies on a pair of steel discs with a diameter of 330 mm, gripped by monobloc M50 callipers and activated by a radial master cylinder.
Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory has the new Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 semi-active electronic suspension system which includes an electronically adjustable steering damper, a high-end fork with semi-active NIX technology and travel extended from 117 mm to 125 mm, as well as a shock absorber that goes to semi-active TTX technology that, compared to the previous mechanically adjusted unit, is lighter and has a lower stiffness coefficient load (to the benefit of comfort), easily adjustable in preload through a convenient hex screw.
Versions and colours
Tuono V4 1100 RR is available in two attractive new colour schemes, Sachsenring red and Magny-Cours grey, while a new Superpole graphic features on the Tuono V4 1100 Factory.
Tuono V4 1100 Factory stands out technically because of the most refined trio of Öhlins semi-active electronic suspension systems and stylistically because of its tail fairing (approved for two-up) derived from the RSV4.
APRC System (Aprilia Performance Ride Control), which includes Traction Control (ATC), Wheelie Control (AWC), Launch Control (ALC), cruise control (ACC) and speed limiter (APL), all of which can be configured and deactivated independently
Aluminium dual beam chassis with pressed and cast sheet elements.
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