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Aprilia Tuono 660

Aprilia Tuono 660

Aprilia Tuono 660

APRILIA's eagerly anticipated Tuono 660 is currently rolling off the production lines and will be on the way to these shores shortly.

The Tuono 660 is, of course, the little brother of the Tuono 1100 naked machine, with more manageable power in a lightweight body and a host of latest-gen tech to boot.

Closely based on the RS 660 fared bike, the Tuono 660 naked boasts an impressive power-to-weight ratio: 183kg carried by 94hp of power. The 'baby' Tuono has the same aggressive and sporty looks as its bigger sibling and boasts a lightweight frame and swingarm, both in die-cast aluminium. .

The high handlebars and the chassis architecture measurements differ from the RS, which Aprilia says results in even better control, responsiveness and agile handling.

The engine is used as a stressed member for the aluminium frame, and the latest generation forward-facing small and lightweight twin cylinder draws inspiration from the powerful Aprilia V4. The final drive is shorter than that of the RS 660, for quicker responsiveness.

Electronics are top-drawer, with an APRC electronic controls suite that includes multi-level traction control, anti- wheelie control, cruise control, engine brake and selectable engine maps, and the ABS system, all aided and complemented by the ride-by-wire.

All these gizmos are controlled through a colour TFT dash, with five riding modes on offer.

The Tuono 660 will be available in three colour variations.

Megabikes in Dublin (www.megabikes.ie or call 01-4784200) is expecting to take delivery of the new model in late February or early March.

There's no definitive Irish price yet, but you can expect it be in and around the €12,500 mark.

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