When Aprilia launched the RS 660 last year, they quite possibly revolutionized the middleweight sportbike segment. Unlike other 600cc supersports, the RS 660 had usable power by way of a tractable engine that made it easy to ride on a daily basis, while being punchy enough to rip the mountain roads and even the race track. Drawing power from a 660cc liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel twin, the RS 660 produces 100 hp. Now, just a few months since launching the RS 660, Aprilia has unveiled the naked street bike version, the Tuono 660.
Officially announced to be launched at the end of Q1, the Tuono 660, just like its bigger sibling, the Aprilia Tuono V4 1100, is a street-oriented version of its sportbike counterpart, in this case, the RS 660. Featuring more upright ergonomics and a half fairing, the Tuono 660 could quite possibly be one of the most versatile naked bikes to hit the market. For starters, the amazing 660cc parallel twin engine has received stellar reviews across multiple markets thanks to its perfect blend of performance and usability. On top of that, the Tuono’s upright ergonomics as well as its half-fairing provide a level of wind protection that standard naked bikes can’t provide.
As mentioned, the Aprilia Tuono 660 will share the same engine as the RS 660, however it’s interesting to note that Aprilia has pegged the Tuono’s power figures at 95 hp—slightly less than that of the sportbike. This is indicative of slight revisions to the bike’s powertrain, perhaps to make it even more tractable for street use. It will, however, retain the same 270-degree firing order found on the RS 660, giving it all the sound and character of a V-twin engine. Another impressive feature would be the Tuono 660’s weight figures. Tipping the scales at just 183 kg dry, the Tuono 660 is one of the lightest naked bikes in the 650 class. On top of this, it also boasts one of the highest power ratings. Now, we all know what lightweight plus high power equals, right?
Lastly, the Aprilia Tuono gets the same suite of electronic rider aids as the RS 660. All these can be accessed via the bike’s full-color TFT instrument panel, and consist of five riding modes, wheelie control, adjustable engine braking, and traction control. Now, the launch of this bike in the Philippine market has yet to be officially announced, however, you can place a reservation for the Aprilia RS 660. The sportbike comes at an introductory price of P798,000. That being said, we can expect the Tuono 660 to have a slightly lower price tag when it does roll out in the local market.