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March 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Italian manufacturer Piaggio Group, represented in the US by its subsidiary Piaggio Group Americas (PGA), the leader of the European two-wheeler market and renowned for revolutionary technology and legendary style in personal transportation, announced the debut of three new models in the North American market – the race-bred Aprilia Tuono V4 naked sportbike, the adventure-ready Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX sport tourer and the commute or highway-friendly Piaggio BV 350 maxi scooter. All three new models arrive at dealerships later this spring.
Aprilia Tuono V4: Category-leading Performance and Advanced Electronics
Shedding 22 lbs. and gaining 41 hp over its award-winning V-Twin predecessor makes the new 167-hp V4 Tuono the machine to beat in the naked sportbike category. Unlike its detuned competitors, the V4 is nimble, lightning fast and a bonafide technology
tour de force. From its signature Aprilia race bike triple headlight fixed top fairing to its exhaust, this stealth streetfighter shows off its World Super Bike (WSBK) bloodlines at every angle. It is not simply the most powerful naked bike available in the market, it has also been engineered and equipped with the most advanced electronics package available anywhere, Aprilia Performance Ride Control (APRC).
The Tuono V4 fulfills the dreams of every motorcyclist who has ever wanted a race bike just to go for a coffee run – without sacrificing riding comfort. Combining the potent performance and race-proven technologies of the WSBK Championship winner Aprilia RSV4 with the agility, responsiveness and riding pleasure of Aprilia's original Tuono 1000 R naked concept, the new Tuono V4 is a true game-changer.
Engineered to Astound
The Tuono V4's compact 65-degree engine doesn't scream its performance potential – it proves it every second on the road. Extremely compact, the V4 engine is as slim as a twin-cylinder and seamlessly integrated in the Tuono's ultra-compact chassis. Now delivering 167.3 peak hp at 11,500 rpm and equally impressive torque of 82 ft. lbs. at 9,500 rpm, the V4's power is expertly modulated by an advanced engine management system, including rev limits of 12,300 rpms in all gears.