Aprilia had showcased the Tuono 660 in a concept form at the EICMA 2019. It was at the same motor show where the Aprilia RS 660 was also put up on the display. While the fully-faired motorcycle had already been unleashed in 2020, the naked streetfighter hasn’t. Well, until now because after doing extensive testing, Aprilia has finally revealed the all-new Tuono 660.
The Aprilia Tuono 660 carries forward the identical styling and design elements that we have witnessed on the RS 660. However, since this here is a naked motorcycle, a few changes have been incorporated. For example, instead of a full-fairing, there’s a semi-fairing that keeps the engine exposed while covering some of the parts and adding to the overall aesthetic appeal. The handlebar is a single-piece tubular-type instead of a pair of clip-ons. The riding stance is relaxed and upright. The Tuono 660, if not better, is as good looking as the RS 660.
Powering the Tuono 660 is the same 660cc twin-cylinder engine that Aprilia uses in the RS 660. However, here in the Tuono, it is slightly tweaked. Instead of churning out 100 horsepower, it generates 95 hp. But that’s okay because the Tuono weighs only 183 kg and thus has an incredible power-to-weight ratio. So, performance should be uncompromised.
Aprilia has also not compromised when it comes to the electronic rider aids. The Tuono 660 has a ride-by-wire throttle that helps manage the APRC electronic system which includes multi-level traction control, anti-wheelie, cruise control, engine braking, ABS and engine mapping options. Apart from that, there are five riding modes, of which three provide road options and two are designated for the track.
The Aprilia Tuono 660 is expected to be launched in the international markets by the end of the first quarter of 2021. Let’s see by when we see it in flesh here in the Middle East.