New electronics, updated bodywork and new MotoGP-based swingarm design for wild supernaked
The Aprilia Tuono is the original crazy superbike-based super-naked, with the V-twin version first appearing nearly twenty years ago in 2002. And for its 19th birthday, the Noale firm has given the current V4 edition a hefty update.
Like the RSV4 superbike, the 2021 Tuono gets new bodywork, with a nod to the 2020 RS660 design. A dual-layer upper fairing incorporates aerodynamic wing profiles between an outer and inner panel, giving the downforce wanted to boost high-speed stability and braking power, while reducing drag and smoothing airflow over the rider.
The bodywork also incorporates new cornering LED headlights, like the RSV4, which illuminate more of the bend when cornering at night.
A new fuel tank shape and rider saddle gives more space and comfort for longer rides, and perhaps surprisingly, Aprilia has given the pillion some thought, providing a larger passenger seat and lower footpegs.
To further boost the Tuono’s practicality, engineers have also come up with a set of dedicated optional panniers.
Away from the Tuono’s sensible features, there’s a new APRC suite of rider aids, again shared with the 2021 RSV4. A larger TFT LCD dash controls the latest Marelli 11MP ECU, with a new six-axis IMU unit and an expanded range of riding modes.
There are now six modes, three track and three road, with full customisability, and control of the Factory versions Öhlins semi-active electronic suspension. You can tweak the wheelie control, traction control, ABS functions and electronic suspension settings to suit conditions, and swap easily on the fly.
Cruise control, up/down quickshifter, Bluetooth connectivity, and much more – the Aprilia electronics package is one of the best out there. Add in Brembo Stylema brakes, and a new lighter, stiffer swingarm based on the unit in the Aprilia RS-GP MotoGP racebike, and you have a very tempting package indeed.
The Tuono comes in a base and a Factory version, with the Factory getting the Öhlins Smart EC2.0 electronic semi-active suspension. Both bikes have the new bodywork and electronic upgrades.
No word just yet on price or availability, more, as ever, when we get it…