Following on from the success of the standard Tuono 660, and its RS sibling, Aprilia has launched a new Tuono 660 Factory for 2022, which should arrive in Australian dealerships in September of next year.
The Factory versions of Aprilia sports bikes have always been flagship models, dedicated to the most demanding and skilled riders, who can appreciate the quality of the most sophisticated outfitting.
Now the Factory trim takes the Tuono to new heights, with a sensational weight/power ratio, in a lightweight, high-performance bike that’s built around the latest generation Aprilia parallel twin.
The Tuono 660 Factory also boasts more sophisticated suspension, featuring Kayaba forks with 41mm stanchions that are fully adjustable in compression, rebound damping and spring pre-load, while the Sachs shock with separate reservoir is also adjustable.
A lightweight lithium battery contributes to reducing the overall weight by roughly 2kg (the kerb weight is now 181kg) and also provides better engine performance.
The 660cc forward-facing twin with DOHC timing and four valves per cylinder is the result of experience gained with the very powerful engine that equips RSV4, from which the construction philosophy and basic concepts derive.
The engine has a load-bearing function and houses the aluminium swingarm in its rear section. Combustion is asymmetric and offset by 270 degrees, which translates into performance and sound similar to that of a V-twin.
Maximum power is upped too, from 70kW with the Tuono 660 to 75kW with the Factory version. The engine boasts even more drive in acceleration, thanks to the use of a shorter final drive, with a 16-tooth pinion gear.
Torque remains unchanged, with 67Nm, and the Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory offers a full suite of APRC electronic controls with a ride-by-wire electronic accelerator and six-axis inertial platform as standard.
The latter, thanks to the accelerometers and gyroscopes it contains, is able to recognise the bike’s condition with respect to the road, recording and processing the inputs and sending the data to a control unit that intervenes to optimise the control parameters.
The Tuono 660 Factory package includes traction control, wheelie control, cruise control, quick shift, and clutch-less downshifting. AEB and engine mapping are also fitted, and the Tuono 660 Factory also benefits from multi-map cornering ABS.
As with the Tuono 660, there are five customisable riding modes (three for road use, and two for track) to simplify life on-board. The rider needs only to choose the option that best interprets his or her needs to automatically obtain the best settings.
The Tuono 660 Factory is further enhanced with aggressive and sporty dark graphics and the presence of the single-seat tail fairing, painted in black and red, and supplied as standard with a passenger seat and foot pegs.