Last year, Aprilia announced that the Tuono 660 will be coming to our shores and that pre-orders for the sportier RS 660 have already commenced. On April 30, 2021, these two bikes will be officially launched in the Philippines.
Bikerbox, the distributor of Aprilia motorcycles, will hold the official launch of the two bikes virtually on April 30, at 7 PM. The event will also be streamed live through their official social media pages.
660cc parallel twin
Both the RS 660 and Tuono 660 share the same potent, newly-developed 660cc parallel-twin engine. The engine was derived from the front bank of their 1100 cc V4, fitted on the flagship RSV4 motorcycle.
The RS 660 is the sportier, fully-faired version of the two bikes and is inspired by the RS V4 1100. Though it's a street bike, Aprilia made sure to make it worthy of any track day with top-notch electronics and components. To show the stock RS 660’s potential, it was taken to a real MotoGP racetrack by riders Aleix Espargaro and Bradley Smith, together with Aprilia MotoGP test rider, Lorenzo Savadori, who’s also the reigning Italian Superbike champion. Needless to say, they enjoyed their track time on the middleweight sport bike.
The Tuono 660 is the more street-oriented of the two. It features more relaxed ergonomics and fewer fairings. In fact, Aprilia calls it a semi-naked. Power-wise, the Tuono 660 is toned down a bit, having only 96 Ps of power versus the RS’s 101 Ps of peak power.
The Tuono 660 also comes with ride-by-wire throttle technology that includes multi-level traction control, anti-wheelie control, cruise control, engine brake, and selectable engine maps, all governed by the ABS system. To easily manage all the electronic controls through the color TFT instrumentation, Aprilia has fine-tuned five Riding Modes (three dedicated to road riding and two for the track): the rider just needs to choose the option that best suits his or her riding style. There's also the option to customize some of the settings to suit them better.
The RS 660 retails at PhP860,000, while the Tuono 660's SRP has yet to be announced.