Today we have detailed specs for the upcoming Aprilia Tuono 660 along with a fancy video and a bazillion photos. The first thing I want to say is, I think you should skip the Tuono 660 and just buy a RS660. Why? I’ll get to that soon. The press release I’ve received has a LOT of marketing BS, so let’s skip all the fluff and look at the important details.
We’ll start with some things we already knew, the bike comes in at 403lbs (183kg) wet and ready to ride. Aprilia have also doubled down on the engine output, it is definitely 5 horsepower less than the RS model. Aprilia are quoting 95hp with 67 nm of torque. There is also going to be a 35kw A2 version. I still have no idea why the overall power is less and Aprilia make no mention as to why. The torque figure remains the same as the RS. Just give me all the power thanks.
From what I have been reading and I can see, the Tuono’s geometry is pretty much exactly the same as the RS660. I thought the steering angle was going to be different, but it’s the same and so is the wheelbase. The one thing that might be different is Aprilia mention ‘mounting steering plates with different offsets’. Comparing the specs, the trail is 104.7mm vs 104.6mm on the RS, but this could because of the different forks as well. The foot pegs are in the same position but they have rubber inserts now. In any case, the higher bars will certainly make for a massively different ride.
There are a couple of little things that I think are cool and worth mentioning. The bike has the bending lights that Aprilia mentioned previously, auto cancelling indicators and auto dimming headlights. So when a vehicle comes the other way, the headlights automatically go to low beam. Unnecessary, but cool.
The bike comes with most of the electronics of the RS, but is missing some key components. The bike comes with traction control, ABS, cruise control, wheelie control, adjustable engine braking and 5 different engine maps. So, there’s no quick shifter, babow. It is an optional extra. I did some digging and the RS660 quick shifter sells for roughly $258 US and you would think the Tuono’s will be a very similar price. Also missing is the 6 axis inertial platform. That means no bending lights function they’ve been raving about and no cornering ABS. This is an optional extra as well. I couldn’t find any pricing on this.
The rear shock is the same one found on the RS, it’s adjustable for rebound and spring preload. There is also an option for an Ohlin’s shock. The forks are adjustable, but only for rebound and preload in the right fork leg. The forks are definitely a lower spec than the ones found on the RS660, and no it’s not just because they are black instead of gold. The RS660 forks are adjustable for rebound, compression and preload. The Tuono’s forks also have 110mm of travel, 10mm less than the RS. And this is part of the reason why I don’t I think you buy a Tuono 660.
The Tuono 660 is going to $800 dollars less than the RS. I’ll use the US pricing, it’s listed at $10499 and the RS is $11299. If I was to buy one, I’d definitely want the quick shifter, that’s $260 uninstalled. While, I could do without the cornering ABS, I ride at night lots so I want the bending lights function. So we’ll need to buy the 6 axis thingy, let’s say that’ll be another $300. We are now at roughly $11000 and you are still getting an engine with 5 hp less than the RS and lower spec forks.
Now I completely understand if you need the higher handlebars, like if you’ve got a bad back or an injury. But for me, the RS660 already has a nice riding position; it has pretty high bars for a sports bike and is certainly not as extreme as say an R6.
Some people don’t care about a quick shifter, but when you’re paying $10500 dollars for a street bike, I want a quick shifter and I want the other stuff to come with it. Besides that, the bike is the same as the RS. The fuel tank is 15 litres; it comes with great tyres in Pirelli Rosso Corsa 2’s, the nice looking dash and Brembo brakes.
The bike has some great specs and no doubt it will be nice to ride. At the moment though, that pricing is too close to the RS660. Hell who knows, we don’t have any Australian pricing yet and maybe they’ll price it way lower than everywhere else just to mess with everyone.
What do you all think? Would you buy the Tuono 660 over the RS660?
|Engine type||Aprilia forward-facing parallel twin-cylinder, four stroke, liquid-cooled with radiator and water-oil heat exchanger, DOHC with silent chain on the right side, four valves per cylinder|
|Bore and stroke||81 x 63.93 mm|
|Engine capacity||659 cc|
|Maximum power at crankshaft||95 HP (70 kW) at 10,500 rpm|
|Maximum torque at crankshaft||67.0 Nm (6.83 kgm) at 8,500 rpm|
|Power supply||Airbox with front air vent. 2 Æ48 mm throttle bodies, Ride-by-wire management|
|Transmission||6-speed. Aprilia Quick Shift (AQS) System up and down (available as optional accessory)|
|Clutch||Multiplate wet clutch with slipper system|
|Secondary drive||Chain, drive ratio 17/43|
|Electronic management||APRC suite that includes ATC (traction control), AWC (wheelie control), AEB (engine brake) AEM (engine mapping), ACC (cruise control) 5 riding modes (Road and Track, 3 pre-set and 2 customisable)|
|Chassis||Aluminium dual beam chassis with removable seat-supporting subframe|
|Front suspension||Kayaba Æ 41 mm upside down fork with top out spring, Aluminium pins to fasten radial callipers. Rebound and spring preload adjustment on a single stanchion. Wheel travel: 110 mm|
|Rear suspension||Asymmetrical aluminium swingarm. Single shock and top out spring with rebound and spring pre-load adjustment. Wheel travel: 130 mm|
|Wheels||Aluminium alloy Frt: 3.5”X17” Rear: 5.5”X17”|
|Tyres||Radial tubeless, Frt: 120/70 ZR 17 Rear: 180/55 ZR 17 (alternatively 180/60 ZR17)|
|Dimensions||Wheelbase: 1370 mm Length: 1995 mm Width: 805 mm Saddle height: 820 mm Headstock angle: 24.1° Trail: 104.7 mm|
|Weight||183 kg kerb weight (169 kg dry weight)|
|Emissions compliance Consumption||Euro 5 4.9 litres/100 km|
|CO2 emissions||116 g/km|
|Fuel tank capacity Colour range||15 litres (including 4-litre reserve) Concept Black, Iridium Grey, Acid Gold|
Clearly you haven’t ridden both bikes. EVERYBODY says the Tuono is the better road bike. More nimble, more comfortable.