According to a various media report, Aprilia has started taking bookings for the RS 660 and Tuono 660 across the certain Asian markets. The bikes will be imported as completely built units (CBU) and are likely to be launched in the Nepalese market by second quarter of this year. Diego Graffi, CEO and MD, Piaggio Vehicles Pvt Ltd, said, “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 to other various market including Nepal.
To recap, both bikes Aprilia RS 660 and Tuono 660 share the same 659cc, parallel-twin engine powered by Aprilia's new Euro 5 (BS6) compliant which is derived from the Aprilia RSV4's V4 unit. The twin-cylinder engine of RS 660 produces 99 BHP and 67 Nm, while in the Tuono 660 it makes 94 BHP. Both bikes come with a 6-speed transmission. Aprilia offers the RS 660 in 1 colour option whereas the Aprilia Tuono 660 comes with 3 colour option. The colour scheme includes Concept Black, Iridium Grey, and the brand new, Acid Gold.
The RS 660 and Tuono 660 are equipped with hosts of features including a digital instrument cluster, up-down quickshifter, cruise control, traction control, adjustable wheelie control, engine brake control, cornering ABS with three settings, and 6-axis IMU. The motorcycle also comes with the Aprilia Performance Ride Control (APRC) which has has five ride modes – Commute, Dynamic, Individual, Challenge and Time Attack. Braking functions are performed by two 320 discs at the front and a 220mm disc at the rear.
The RS 660 sports bike and Tuono 660 naked streetfighter, both of which are expected to launch by the end of 2021 in the Nepalese market. As for competition, the Aprilia Tuono 660 will compete against the Triumph Trident 660 which is likely to debut by July 2021 in Nepal. Whereas the RS660 will go head-on against the Kawasaki Ninja 650, Triumph Street Triple R, and the upcoming Honda CB650R once they are launched in Nepal. Like most Aprilias, this pair of 660s will come to Nepal through India, meaning they will attract a pretty massive import duty. As a result, expect the Tuono to set you back by around NRs 20 lakhs.