Aprilia Tuono 660 parallel-twin patent images released before 2021
The Italian maker of two-wheelers Aprilia (under the Piaggio Group) plans to sell two middleweight sports bikes in the immediate future: Tuono 660 and RS660. Both products were showcased in early concept formats at EICMA 2019. Multiple reports say Aprilia is targeting a Q1 2021 timeframe for the project. Whether the company will introduce both versions side by side remains uncertain though. We think the fabled RS660 first entered global markets.
Patent pictures of the Aprilia Tuono 660 production-spec, however, have leaked online. The final edition, as planned, sports a few variations over its initial design avatar. Changes include a bigger belly plate, extra venting, modified exhaust configuration (to reach pollution standards), lack of lever guards, smaller tail portion, a pair of grab handles, etc.
It is worth noting that unlike the normal pattern between models, the 2019 Aprilia Tuono 660 design sported a persuasive styling approach. Very few vehicles have debuted as their early designs or experiments in near-identical ways in contemporary automotive history.
Powering the 2021MY Aprilia Tuono 660 would be a ~660cc twin-cylinder engine producing about 95bhp. For the larger Tuono V4 1100 (available for India), this is effectively half the power station. The engine is also designed to crank out less than the fully produced RS660 (expected to deliver more than 100bhp).
It is to enact some tricky laws on motorcycle licenses in European nations. Equipment including traction control, riding modes, quick shifter, ABS cornering, etc., will remain normal as part of the regular kit.
While reporting on an Indian debut is too early, unconfirmed reports indicate a timeline for launch by the end of next year. There has been increasing competition in luxury middleweights on the Indian two-wheeler market. Currently, BMW Motorrad, Kawasaki, Honda Motorcycle, and Yamaha Motor are leading the market. Aprilia has no products in that category.
Aprilia India has three liter-class models in addition to a three-product scooter portfolio: the RSV4 1100 Factory, Tuono V4 1100 Factory, and Tuono V4 1100 RR. They employ a 64-degree V4 DOHC 1077cc engine. This makes 214bhp @ 13,200rpm and 122Nm @ 11,000rpm in the RSV4 1100 factory while the Tuono V4 1100 (and RR) generates 173bhp @ 11,000rpm and 121Nm @ 9,000rpm.
For almost three years the Indian industry has been waiting for the Aprilia RS150 and Tuono 150 single-cylinder. They would challenge Yamaha Motor India’s sports bike collection YZF-R15 and MT-15 if introduced.