While the much awaited Aprilia RS150 and Touno 150 production have been delayed if not cancelled since the concept was shown in 2018, there is good news for Aprilia fans as Piaggio India Managing Director and Chairman Diego Graffi said on September 1 that the company is working on a track-focused Aprilia Tuono 400.
He also revealed that the company has a 300 to 400cc India-specific bike in development, that will be made entirely in India. It will be a new platform for Aprilia that looks to be going head to head with the KTM 390 and Bajaj 400 models.
The Tuono V4 is Aprilia’s hyper naked bike in its model line-up since 2011. The original Tuono was first introduced in 2002 based on the RSV Mille. It basically shares the same engine and chassis as Aprilia’s top superbike. It is also rumored that a Tuono 660 will be introduced shortly after Aprilia’s new middleweight sportbike RS660 early next year.
A Tuono 400 will be a good addition to expand Aprilia’s market share not only in India but also the rest of Asia and the world.
It is worth noting that KTM is now the largest European motorcycle brand largely because of the 200/390 Duke models that it co-developed with Indian maker Bajaj more than 5 years ago.
A made in India Tuono 400 within the price range of the KTMs will surely be an attractive proposition for Filipinos. However, we do not expect this model to introduced until 2022.
What do you think? Are you excited?
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