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Aprilia announce a raft of updates including new styling to its 2021 RSV4 and Tuono V4


The history of the Aprilia RSV4 is one of the most fascinating motorcycle stories in the world.

Built with the goal of winning on the track and in every comparative test, it has dominated for a decade, earning the approval of critics and titles in every category in which it has raced. In its most extreme evolution, it even raced in the MotoGP World Championship.

The new design of the 2021 RSV4 is the result of an evolutionary project in terms of applied aerodynamics. The style, inspired by the ultra modern RS 660, and the shapes modelled in the wind tunnel allow an extremely low aerodynamic resistance coefficient, with a significant benefit in terms of performance at high speeds, also increasing the air pressure in the airbox, which all increases downforce. The winglets are no longer an additional element on the panels, but are built into the double-wall fairings, a solution that optimises stability at high speeds and simultaneously improves engine cooling, diverting the hot air flows from the rider, in addition to representing a highly aesthetic feature.

The triple LED front headlight unit, featuring perimeter DRL lights represents the lighting signature of Aprilia sport bikes and includes the “bending lights” function: the pair of supplementary lights that illuminate the inside of the turn, increasing visibility when cornering.

Ergonomics have been improved with a new fuel tank and new saddle that allow the rider to fit perfectly with the fairings, more on board space and a more natural and relaxed riding position. The electrical controls are more functional and intuitive, and the new TFT instrumentation is larger and more complete. A new Marelli 11MP ECU and a new, six-axis inertial platform, has improved electronic management with control of the full Ride-by-Wire throttle and the APRC operating logic also refined.

The exclusive suite of Aprilia electronic controls has also been completed with the introduction of the multi- level engine brake control. There are now six Riding Modes, three for the track (including two customisable) and three for the road (including one customisable): the rider just needs to choose the Riding Mode that best interprets his or her riding needs to automatically obtain the best settings in terms of Traction Control, Wheelie Control, engine brake, ABS and the other managed parameters.

The ultra fine chassis architecture, has undergone a drastic change with the new swingarm, lighter and with a reinforced lower brace, inspired by the one on the Aprilia RS-GP used in MotoGP, designed to lower masses and increase the stability of the rear end in acceleration.

The high performance narrow V4, the most revolutionary and powerful engine ever built by Aprilia, gains more torque and confirms its exceptional maximum power level of 217 HP, thanks to targeted operations that include the new exhaust system and the increased effective engine displacement, previously 1,077 cc and now 1,099 cc.

Two versions are available: RSV4 (only in the Dark Losail colour scheme) and RSV4 Factory (in the two Aprilia Black and Lava Red colour schemes). Both versions are powered by the revamped 1,099 cc V4 engine, but they can be distinguished by the standard equipment which, for the Factory, includes forged aluminium wheel rims, the semi-active Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 suspension system and the Brembo Stylema brake callipers.


Aprilia Tuono V4 is the point of reference in the Hypernaked category in terms of effectiveness and feeling, whether in street sport riding or extreme track riding. 

Tuono V4 now reaches never before seen performance and sophistication levels, thanks to Aprilia’s know-how gained over years of top-level competition and thanks to the experience of those who simply invented the Hypernaked category, starting from a superbike and creating one of the most adrenaline-charged bikes of any era, super fun on the road and unbeatable on the track. 

The first big change for the new Tuono V4 family, on display for its global première online at APRILIA.COM, consists in the new and clear characterisation of the two models in the range. 

Tuono V4 (available in the Tarmac Grey and Glacier White colour schemes) adopts the characteristics of a street sport bike which also looks at longer routes. The comfort provided by the raised handlebar and the more protective top fairing is new and improved. The passenger is no longer a barely-tolerated guest and now benefits from an ample and comfortable portion of saddle and lower footpegs. Tuono V4 turns its thoughts to new horizons to reach quickly, so the available accessories include a pair of dedicated, asymmetrical panniers. 

Tuono V4 Factory (in the Aprilia Black colour scheme) in its nature as an adrenaline producing machine confirms those strong sensations and pure, unadulterated fun. It is dedicated to an extremely demanding public and boasts exclusive components that include the Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 semi-active suspension system as standard equipment. 

The style of the Tuono V4 is entirely new and inspired by the one introduced by RS 660, from which it inherits the innovative concept of the double fairing, featuring the aerodynamic appendix function. 

As in the tradition of the Tuono V4, the design is characterised by reduced surfaces and the typical top fairing that houses the new triple LED headlight unit with DRL lights featuring the “bending lights” function. Being closely derived from the RSV4, the Tuono V4 also benefits from the new and refined ergonomics of the Aprilia superbike that provides more space for a better on-board fit for the rider, thanks to the new shape of the fuel tank and tail fairing. 

The electrical controls are more functional and intuitive, and the new colour TFT instrumentation is larger and more complete. Thanks to the more powerful calculating power of the new Marelli 11MP ECU and the new, six-axis inertial platform, electronic management using the full Ride-by-Wire throttle has improved and the APRC operating logic has also been refined. 

The exclusive Aprilia electronic controls suite, which has always been the best in the world in terms of effectiveness and technical sophistication, is now even more enhanced with the introduction of the adjustable engine brake control. There are now six Riding Modes, three for the track (including two customisable) and three for the road (including one customisable): the rider just needs to choose the Riding Mode that best interprets his or her riding needs to automatically obtain the best 

Arrival in Australia is scheduled for mid-year with full specification and pricing available closer to arrival.