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Aprilia Tuono 660 inching close to launch, spotted testing again

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Aprilia is developing the semi-faired Tuono series motorcycle based on the brand’s latest middleweight supersport the Aprilia RS660. The new motorcycle has been confirmed for market launch in the first half of the 2021 and the motorcycle has been revealed at the 2019 EICMA show in the concept form. 

Now, a test mule of the Aprilia Tuono 660 which appears to be in the final production form has been spotted on the streets abroad which leads us to believe that the motorcycle is expected to make its debut soon. The test mule appears to be in the Lava Red colour which features on the RS660 but the nose, belly and side panel have been camouflaged with white and black covers, but the tank appears in the violet shade. 

The test mule also reveals that the headlamps are similar to the RS660 and come with a hallmark Aprilia triple LED cluster styling along with C-shaped LED light signatures on the nose. The motorcycle also features the classic Tuono flyscreen and aerodynamic side panels that channel air, providing more aero efficiency and stability. The motorcycle also comes with a high-mounted tail section, a chiselled fuel tank, straight handlebar for an upright rider’s triangle and though it is not visible in the spy pictures, leaked patents revealed that a new triangular tipped exhaust mounted in the midship position will make it to the production-spec motorcycle. 

The Aprilia Tuono 660 is expected to be powered by the same engine that does duty on the Aprilia RS660 but it will be tuned differently to match the street characteristics of the Tuono. The Aprilia RS660 is powered by a Euro5 compliant 659cc oil plus liquid-cooled forward-facing parallel twin-cylinder, four-stroke four-valve DOHC engine with electronic fuel injection that makes 100 Hp of power and 67 Nm of torque matched to a 6-speed gearbox with Bi-Directional Aprilia Quick Shift (AQS) and a mechanical slipper clutch. 

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