Aprilia Unveils 2024 RS 660 and Tuono 660 in India

Aprilia Tuono 660

Italian motorcycle manufacturer Aprilia has launched the 2024 iterations of its RS 660 and Tuono 660 in India. These middleweight offerings come with a powerful engine, a comprehensive features list, and a premium price tag. Let’s delve into the details to see if these motorcycles fit your riding style and budget.

Performance and Features: A Strong Showing

Both the RS 660 and Tuono 660 share the same heart – a 659cc, parallel-twin cylinder engine. The RS 660 pushes out a healthy 100bhp and 67Nm of torque, while the Tuono 660 is tuned for a slightly relaxed 95bhp while retaining the 67Nm of torque. A six-speed gearbox handles transmission duties, and the RS 660 gets the added benefit of a quickshifter for smooth gear changes.

Aprilia equips both motorcycles with a rider-centric feature set. A six-axis IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) forms the core, enabling a suite of electronic rider aids like traction control, wheelie control, engine brake control, and cruise control. Selectable engine maps, three-level ABS adjustability, and all-LED illumination further enhance the riding experience.

Aprilia Tuono 660
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Chassis and Suspension: Built for Control

The RS 660 and Tuono 660 share a perimeter frame suspended on a robust 41mm KYB USD (Upside Down) fork setup at the front and a monoshock at the rear. Both ends offer preload and rebound adjustability, allowing riders to fine-tune the suspension for their riding style and road conditions. Braking performance comes courtesy of dual 320mm discs up front and a single 220mm disc at the rear, all mated to 17-inch wheels.

Ergonomics and Design: Tailored Experiences

The key differentiator between the RS 660 and Tuono 660 lies in their design and ergonomics. The RS 660 adopts a fully faired, track-oriented approach with a forward-set rider triangle for an aggressive riding posture. The Tuono 660, on the other hand, is a naked streetfighter with a more upright riding position, ideal for comfortable everyday riding.

Aprilia RS 660
Image Credits: Aprilia

Price and Competition: A Niche Offering

The Aprilia RS 660 starts at Rs. 17.74 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), while the Tuono 660 is slightly more affordable at Rs. 17.44 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). In the supersport segment, the RS 660 faces competition from the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R and the Ducati Supersport, both of which offer more power at a lower price point. The Tuono 660 takes on the Triumph Street Triple 765 RS and the Ducati Streetfighter V2 in the naked streetfighter category.

The Verdict: A Performance Choice for Discerning Riders

The 2024 Aprilia RS 660 and Tuono 660 cater to riders seeking a potent middleweight motorcycle packed with premium features and Italian pedigree. While their price tag might be steeper than some competitors, the Aprilia duo offers a unique blend of performance, technology, and style.

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