Piaggio Group Americas had the opportunity to activate at this great show, showcasing all four of its brands; Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Vespa and Piaggio.
More importantly, Piaggio Group was able to present the giant consumer base of 50,000 with not just one, but two exciting new additions to the lineup. First is the Aprilia RSV4 Factory, pushing out 217 horsepower, 16 more than its predecessor RSV4 RF with 201hp. Also, in the Aprilia lineup was the new Tuono Factory with semi-active, electronic suspension; up front and on the rear. From one customer to the next, the leading question consisted of, “how soon can I buy one”!? The RSV4 and Tuono range will be available for purcahse as early as March 2019. The other point of conversation was the ultra-affordable price point that is being offered on both models. The Tuono Factory will start at $17,499 and the RSV4 Factory will start as low as $24,499. “It’s a no brainer when comparing with Ducati’s V4R at $40,000”, noted comments from several patrons.
Both the RSV4 and Tuono Factory had been highly appreciated; people loved the new technical updates, increased power and updated aesthetics. It came as a great value due to the other OEMs showcasing brand new editions to their product range as well, so we were able to engage more productively with our great motorcycles.
2019 RSV4 1100 Factory
The RSV4 Factory is a brand new bike for Aprilia. It does bear the RSV4 badging but it is a new breed of RSV4 eager to hit the track. This new RSV4 differs from the RR version by adopting the 1100 engine, like at the heart of the Tuono, however, it is tuned to produce more power. The 1100 engine in the RSV4 Factory now produces a whopping 217hp and 90 ft-lbs of torque, weighing in at only 438lbs wet. Compared to the RSV4 RR, which produces 201hp and 84 ft-lbs of torque at 449lbs wet. This is a jump of 16hp and 6 ft-lbs of torque all while shaving 11 pounds. How is this possible one may ask? It Is due to the addition of a full Akrapovic exhaust system that helps increase power and efficiency while also reducing the total weight of the bike. Included is a carbon fiber aero package that helps to increase stability at higher speeds by using downforce to control the bike. Not only does the aero package look amazing but it is functional and saves weight too. In order to help control all the power, downforce weight transfer and steering, the bike has been fitted with an Ohlins front fork and rear shock. With all these features making the bike faster than before, new Brembo Stylema’s were installed to optimize braking under extreme conditions. Last but not least the bike is equipped with the latest electronics to keep it in check. Features such as cornering ABS, Traction control, Wheelie control, and launch control all are constantly monitoring the bike to ensure there is no loss of traction, making it easier to ride and ultimately keeping the rider safe. This is by far the most powerful and lightest RSV4 ever!
2019 Tuono 1100 Factory
The Tuono V4 1100 is the only naked powered by a 65° V4 engine with unique characteristics. The narrow V architecture has made it possible to make an engine that is extremely compact lengthways which helps to centralize 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 marvelous sound that bikers love so much.
The new Tuono V4 range fully confirms all the proverbial qualities of handling and stability provided by a frame that is closely derived from that of the Aprilia RSV4, seven-time World Superbike champion, assisted by top of the line braking and suspension systems. The front Brembo braking system comes from the one on 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 on the handlebar. 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.