Aprilia is on a roll. After making its presence felt in the middleweight sport categories with the fully faired RS 660 and naked roadster Tuono 660, it has come up with the Tuareg 660 in the same space. A proper dual purpose adventure motorcycle, the all new Aprilia Tuareg 660 has brought back the ‘Tuareg’ nameplate which Aprilia used to have for a small capacity adventure motorcycle back in late 1980s.
Design and Features
The overall stance and design of the Aprilia Tuareg 660 looks very purposeful of a proper adventure motorcycle, with its stance and design somehow being on the lines of Honda Africa Twin. It gets a sleek triangular all LED headlamp setup at the front, with it getting three-part daytime running LED design. The headlamp gets a tall adjustable windshield above it, the lower corners of which come attached with small LED turn indicators.
The Aprilia Tuareg 660 has a high ground clearance and a lean design, which is evident when you view the motorcycle from the sides. The angular and slim fuel tank, broad tank extensions, large engine cowl at the bottom, exposed trellis frame and an upswept exhaust are some of the major highlights of the motorcycle. To make it fit the adventure tag, Aprilia has fitted the Tuareg 660 with off-road spec tyres over aluminium-made spoke wheels.
At the back, the Aprilia Tuareg 660 has a sleek LED tail lamp with a tapering down design at the tip of the tail piece. The sides of the pillion seat, which is a part of the single long piece seat, gets luggage mounts.
In terms of equipment, the Aprilia Tuareg 660 is bestowed with handlebar crash guards and a 5-inch TFT colored instrument console. The console shows a host of data and supports four different riding modes, one of which is purposely dedicated to off-road riding. The bike also features APRC technology pack, which consists of riding aids, such as cruise control, switchable ABS, traction control, engine map and engine braking control.
The new Aprilia Tuareg 660 shares its engine with the other two 660cc offerings from Aprilia, the RS 660 and Tuono 660. However, for the Aprilia Tuareg 660, the engine has been heavily reworked for better performance at lower and middle rpm ranges. The four stroke, liquid cooled, parallel twin, 659cc engine here makes 80 bhp of maximum power and 70 Nm of maximum torque. The engine has been coupled to a 6-speed gearbox.
A long travel suspension combination is a given trait for an adventure motorcycle, and the Aprilia Tuareg 660 thankfully is blessed with one. The motorcycle comes with 43mm upside down hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and a progressive linkage monoshock at the rear, both of which get suspension travel of up to 240mm. When it comes to brakes, the bike comes equipped with dual discs with Brembo calipers at the front and a single disc at the back
Thanks to a light weight dual part tubular steel frame with the rear sub-frame being a bolt-on unit, the Aprilia Tuareg 660 tips the weighing scale at 187 kg. For making it touring friendly, Aprilia has given an 18-liter fuel tank to the Tuareg 660.
Variants and Color Options
The Aprilia Tuareg 660 has been previewed in a color combination of white with blue and red highlights, which is very similar to the livery of Aprilia Tuareg Wind 125 from yesteryears. More color options and number of variants are expected to be unveiled at the time of the launch.
The Aprilia Tuareg 660 will be officially on sale in the global markets by the end of 2021. Given how much hype that the yet-to-be launched RS 660 and Tuono 660 have already created, the Aprilia Tuareg 660 too will arrive in the Indian market following the global launch.
Once launched in India, the Aprilia Tuareg 660 will take on the Suzuki V-Strom 650 and Triumph Tiger 850 Sport. In addition, globally, it will take on motorcycles like Yamaha Tenere 700 and KTM 890 Adventure as well.