After initial successes at the track and in dealership showrooms, Aprilia is celebrating its new RS660 sportbike and Tuono 660 naked bike with special editions for 2022.
Aprilia RS660 Limited Edition
The RS660 first debuted back in fall of 2020. An interesting mix of cost-cutting and recycled performance parts (from Aprilia’s RSV4 line), this parallel twin-powered sportbike entered the value-oriented middleweight sportbike segment with more of an emphasis on sport riding than its peers (see our first reveal of the bike here). The result? Ten wins in 13 races in MotoAmerica’s Twins Cup.
That’s a record to be proud of, so Aprilia is releasing the RS660 Limited Edition. So far, we don’t know much about technical updates, only that it has “a standard equipment package that includes some of the racing content from the competition version that proved to be unparalleled in the Twins Cup.” There’s a single-seat tail-fairing cover (two-up seat included, if you choose to use it), as well as an oversized fairing and software that lets you set the bike into a quickshift racetrack configuration. Of course, it gets a swanky paint pattern, and the production run is limited to 1,500 specially-numbered units. No word yet on availability, but we’d expect early spring in US dealerships. Canadians may or may not have access.
Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory Edition
Aprilia’s Factory Editions are flagship products, tuned up with high-spec parts for maximum performance. That’s the deal here, with this version of the Tuono 660.
This take on the Tuono 660 has fully-adjustable Kayaba forks and Sachs shock, and drops two kilograms in weight due to a new lithium-ion battery. The final-drive is re-geared to be shorter, with 16-tooth front sprocket. Of course, the APRC electronics suite comes standard (adjustable engine braking, traction control and wheelie control systems, cruise control and a quickshifter). The bike also gets a refined multi-map cornering ABS system:
With its extremely contained weight and dimensions, the system can optimize braking and ABS intervention through the corners, thanks to a specific algorithm that constantly monitors various parameters such as lateral acceleration, the pressure applied to the front brake lever, and the lean, pitch and yaw angle, modulating the braking action to optimize the ratio between deceleration and stability.
Cool. Of course, there’s also a special paint job, unique to this bike, and a single-rider seat (pillion seat and pegs are included in the sale, in case you want them later). Frame, wheels and engine are still the same as the standard Tuono 660, though.
Expect this new bike to arrive in early-to-mid-2022 in both Canada and the US.