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2014 Aprilia Tuono V4 R Gets ABS and Horsepower Upgrade
Aprilia has updated its Tuono V4 R for 2014, equipping the naked sportbike with anti-lock brakes, enlarging the fuel tank and pumping more horses from its 1000cc V4 engine.
The Aprilia Tuono was already a favorite here at Motorcycle.com, and the latest updates should only reinforce that opinion. The Bosch 9MP ABS adds a degree of safety while only adding 4.4 pounds to the Tuono’s weight. The ABS offers three settings, Track, Sport and Rain, each of which works in coordination with the similarly named engine fueling maps. The ABS can also be disabled.
The engine, the same as in the Aprilia RSV4, has been updated to reduce internal friction and improving sump ventilation while the exhaust system and fuel management have also been updated. The result is a bump in a 2.7 hp power increase, raising the claimed maximum output to 167.6 hp at 11,500 rpm. Torque remains the same as the previous Tuono at a claimed 82.2 ft-lb. at 9500 rpm.
The already impressive APRC electronics package has been further refined for 2014. The traction control system still offers eight levels of adjustment via a joystick on the left handlebar, but the software has been updated to factor in speed when adjusting the level of sliding through a corner. The sportiest of wheelie control system’s three settings has also been recalibrated. The three-level launch control and quick shift settings return unchanged.
Other updates include a new saddle with extra padding and revised standard suspension setup for improved street use (the suspension remains fully adjustable). Like the latest version of the RSV4, the Tuono’s tank now holds 4.9 gallons (18.5 liters) of fuel, a 0.4-gallon increase from the previous fuel tank.
The 2014 Aprilia Tuono V4 R ABS will be produced in two colors: black or white. There’s no word yet on U.S. pricing or availability.