The Aprilia RS 660 and Tuono 660 are headed to the Indian market and bookings for these motorcycles have begun. A report has revealed that Aprilia is now taking bookings for the Tuono 660 and RS 660 ahead of its launch in India. The two motorcycles are expected to be launched in India in the second quarter of 2021.
The Aprilia Tuono 660 and RS 660 are some of the most-awaited motorcycles in the Indian market. The motorcycles look great, offer great performance and an awesome overall riding experience They have been on sale in certain international markets and Aprilia was expected to launch them in the Indian market later this year.
Now, a media report has revealed that the Aprilia 660 twins will be launched in the second quarter of this year. Diego Graffi, MD & CEO of Piaggio Vehicles Pvt Ltd was quoted as saying, “at the moment, we are taking orders from dealers pan India to understand what is the interest for this kind of product. After that we’ll start importing, I think, in the second quarter of 2021 from Europe.”
This is the confirmation that we were all looking forward to. Aprilia is using bookings as enquiries to get an idea of how serious buyers in India are, about buying either of the motorcycles. The brand can also judge which of the two motorcycles buyers in India are more interested in.
He went on to say that the 660 twins are “going to be quite expensive, more expensive than normal.” This is because Aprilia will be importing the motorcycles via the CBU (completely built unit) route.
The Aprilia RS 660 is a fully-faired supersport while the Tuono 660 is a sporty naked, both built on the same platform. They use the same underpinnings and are powered by the same engine. It is a liquid-cooled, 659cc, parallel-twin engine with a 270-degree firing order.
In the RS 660, it produces 100bhp at 10,500rpm and 67Nm at 8,500rpm. In the Tuono 660, it has been tuned down to 95bhp and 67Nm. A 6-speed gearbox drives the rear wheel via a slip and assist clutch.
The Aprilia 660 twins get top shelf components and electronics. They feature Aprilia Performance Ride Control (APRC) based on the 6-axis IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit). It comes with adjustable traction control, adjustable wheelie control, cruise control, engine brake control, three-level cornering ABS, and five ride modes — Commute, Dynamic, Challenge, Time Attack and Individual.
A 5-inch TFT screen displays all the necessary information. Suspension duties are handled by a 41mm upside-down fork up front and a preload and rebound adjustable monoshock at the rear, both from Kayaba. Braking is taken care of by dual 320mm discs up front and a single 220mm disc at the rear.
Upon launch in India, the motorcycles might just be the most expensive, most advanced, and most powerful motorcycles in the 600cc segment.
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