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Motorcycles Aprilia Tuono 660 Nears Production

17:55  02 july  2020
17:55  02 july  2020 Source:   cycleworld.com

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Although Aprilia’s RS 660 sportbike has garnered plenty of attention since first appearing as a concept in 2018 and is heading for production in the next few months, it’s unlikely to be the biggest-selling model based on the firm’s new parallel-twin platform. That honor is more likely to go to the Tuono 660 that’s due to follow in 2021.

a motorcycle parked on the side: Aprilia’s Tuono 660 is likely to be unveiled sometime in 2021. These designs give a clue as to how it might look. © Provided by Cycle World Aprilia’s Tuono 660 is likely to be unveiled sometime in 2021. These designs give a clue as to how it might look.

After being shown as a concept bike last year, there’s never been any doubt the Tuono 660 would follow the RS 660 into production. Now Aprilia has filed styling patents for its cosmetic appearance, putting a claim on the intellectual property rights to the styling of the machine that will be in showrooms sometime in 2021.

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You’ll have to look closely to spot the changes compared to last year’s show bike, but there are tweaks to the appearance. While the designs seen here were filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office in the same week that the concept version appeared on Aprilia’s EICMA show stand, these designs provide clues that these are more representative of a production model.

a motorcycle parked on the side of a road: The biggest changes from the concept model seem to be focused on covering up added emissions systems. © Provided by Cycle World The biggest changes from the concept model seem to be focused on covering up added emissions systems.

The main changes are all in the bike’s belly area and are likely to be a result of efforts to hide an emissions-legal exhaust system—something the concept model didn’t have to be concerned with. First, the whole belly pan is larger on the new design (left) compared to the concept (right), as well as gaining a more complex shape with an additional vent underneath, near the front. The belly’s sides rise higher, covering more of the exhaust, and the aerodynamic winglet extends further back.

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a motorcycle parked on the side: Aprilia’s Tuono 660 is likely to be unveiled sometime in 2021. These designs give a clue as to how it might look. © European Union Intellectual Property Office Aprilia’s Tuono 660 is likely to be unveiled sometime in 2021. These designs give a clue as to how it might look.

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Look further up and the exhaust header on the design drawing shows a distinct bulge as it heads into the belly pan—a clear indication there’s a catalytic converter mounted high on the downpipe, where it can reach operating temperature quickly to beat emissions limits. The heat of that cat may also explain the additional vent needed in the bodywork.

a row of parked motorcycles sitting on top of a motorcycle: The new Tuono will sport a detuned version of the RS 660′s 98 bhp parallel-twin engine when it debuts sometime in late 2020. © Provided by Cycle World The new Tuono will sport a detuned version of the RS 660′s 98 bhp parallel-twin engine when it debuts sometime in late 2020.

From the second angle, the differences are even harder to spot. There’s a change in the front brake master cylinder, but that sort of component isn’t likely to be considered an important element in the design. The styling patent also lacks the bar-end lever guards featured on the concept version. However, what’s perhaps clearest of all from these designs is that if you liked the look of last year’s Tuono 660 concept, you’re not going to be disappointed with a weak, watered-down production version when it finally comes to showrooms.

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In terms of specs, we already know that Aprilia fractionally detuned the RS 660′s 98 bhp engine—which is effectively the front bank of the RSV4 superbike’s V-4—for the Tuono. It will peak at 94 hp, but purely for legal reasons. In Europe, complicated motorcycle licensing rules mean that most new riders spend time on restricted “A2 license” bikes. These are limited to less than 47 bhp, and can’t be restricted versions of bikes with more than double that output (94 bhp)—hence the Tuono’s slight reduction in peak power compared to the RS 660, which won’t be eligible to be restricted for A2 license holders.

a motorcycle parked on the side of a road: The biggest changes from the concept model seem to be focused on covering up added emissions systems. © Aprilia The biggest changes from the concept model seem to be focused on covering up added emissions systems.

The RS 660 is expected to reach dealers in late 2020, with the Tuono following a few months later. In late 2021, Aprilia will unveil a third model in the range, the adventure-styled Tuareg 660.

a row of parked motorcycles sitting on top of a motorcycle: The new Tuono will sport a detuned version of the RS 660′s 98 bhp parallel-twin engine when it debuts sometime in late 2020. © Aprilia The new Tuono will sport a detuned version of the RS 660′s 98 bhp parallel-twin engine when it debuts sometime in late 2020.

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