Aprilia put the water-cooled in-line two-cylinder in the recently presented RS and now also in the new Tuono (Italian for “thunder”). It basically plays the more versatile device of the series. Thanks to the upright seating position, minimally smoothed power peak and smaller fairing, but more wind protection, the Tuono should survive everyday life more robustly. Might get there.
Wonderfully angular Aprilia
Above all, the fully adjustable suspension of the Aprilia works binding, spreads wide between comfortable response on broken road surfaces and tight reserve under brisk pace. Incidentally, the manufacturer has also launched a 35 kW version. So far, so universal.
And then there is the second Aprilia bloodline. Those of the 54 world championship titles. Sure, the 660 two-cylinder doesn’t hit the chain with the force of a grizzly paw, it needs its 4000 revs and up. But the crankshaft trick with the offset crank pins (270 degrees ignition offset) gives the in-line engine something wonderfully angular, lively, alert.
ABS and Quickshift only at extra cost
This is matched by the posh and playful turning in and the error-free biting brakes. At the front, two 320-millimeter discs turn, into which two radially bolted four-piston calipers pinch. Something like this works in an equally cleanly dosed and saucy way, so it can enter and exit curves.
Cornering ABS and the Quickshift switching aid builds Aprilia only at an additional cost. But the Tuono is available from 10,550 euros – a price with which it plays in the middle class. gosh.
Vehicle data and price: Aprilia Tuono 660
• displacement 659cc
• perfomance 70 kW (95 hp) at 10,500 rpm
• Max. Torque 67 Nm at 8500 rpm
• Top 215 km/h
• tires v./h. 120/70 ZR 17 / 180/55 ZR 17
• seat height 820mm
• curb weight 182kg
• tank capacity 15L
• Price from 10,500 euros