The Tuono’s power was obtained by reconfiguring the engine from the RSV4 Factory APRC SE. Also inherited from the RSV4 SE is the new exhaust system with bypass valve, which is about 4.5 pounds lighter than the system on the RSV4 R, as well as the latest generation ride-by-wire throttle control.
Unique to the Tuono is the aerodynamic new top fairing tipped with two polyelliptical headlights. Aprilai says this gives the bike “the unequivocally mean, daunting stare that you'd expect from a machine with an incredible 162 horsepower.”
The APRC package includes ATC (Aprilia Traction Control), with eight selectable levels, which controls sliding when accelerating out of a curve in relation to bank angle and throttle aperture, AWC (Aprilia Wheelie Control), which helps the rider control extreme wheelying by gradually bringing the front wheel back to the ground, and AQS (Aprilia Quick Shift), which allows instantaneous upshifts without closing the throttle or using the clutch. Completing the suite of four functions is ALC (Aprilia Launch Control).