Aprilia reveals Tuono Junior
Predictably Aprilia has announced the details of its second model in the 660 range, a stripped back RS offering dubbed Tuono 660.
This then is the smaller sib to the Tuono V4 1100. It uses the same running gear as the sexier RS660, but without all the bodywork and with a less compressed, elevated riding position.
Even at the launch of the RS660 last year, the engineers admitted they had done most of the development work on the Tuono and it would probably have been launched at the same time had the coronavirus pandemic not put such a spanner in the works.
Here it is now though with ‘Renthal’ style handlebars mounted on the yoke, and genuine seating for two. It is said to weigh in at just 183kg wet, thanks to exclusive use of aluminium in the chassis.
The twin-cylinder parallel engine derived from the V4 develops 71kW. A shorter final drive than that of RS should help the Tuono get off the line better. Overseas, a 35kW version is also available for learner riders.
Triple LED headlights include DRLs while there are colour TFT instruments. Tuono also features adjustable Kayaba suspension.
Expect a full APRC electronics package, including several levels of traction control, adjustable engine braking and maps (three road, two track), anti-wheelie and cruise control, and cornering ABS.
A bi-directional Aprilia quickshifter is also likely to be standard fare. Colour options include black, grey and gold. In the UK, the Tuono undercuts the RS by about the equivalent of roughly $NZ1000.
The next in the 660 family is almost certainly the ADV model, to be announced in the near future.