2022 Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory First Look

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

Fully-adjustable suspension, a LI-ion battery and six-axis IMU

Aprilia unveiled a new Factory version of the Tuono 660, equipping it with improved suspension and a lightweight lithium-ion battery.

The 2022 Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory is equipped with a 41mm Kayaba fork and Sachs shock with a remote reservoir that are both now fully adjustable. Aprilia says the new battery weighs roughly 4.4 pounds, resulting in the claimed curb weight decreasing to 399 pounds.

The 659cc engine is unchanged, claiming 100 hp at 10,500 rpm and 49.4 lb-ft. at 8,500 rpm, but Aprilia gave the Factory a shorter final drive thanks to a 16-tooth pinion gear (vs. a 17-tooth gear on the regular Tuono 660).

The quick shifter and six-axis IMU come standard on the 660 Factory (they are each $200 options on the base model), along with the cornering ABS and cornering lights.

The 2022 Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory is available in Factory Dark graphics and comes equipped as a single-seater with a tail fairing, though the pillion seat and footpegs are included.

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The Factory versions of Aprilia sports bikes have always been flagship products, dedicated to the most demanding and skilled riders, who can appreciate the quality of the most sophisticated outfitting.

And now, the Factory trim is also available for the Tuono 660, which makes for a Tuono with unparalleled dynamic qualities, the most efficient and fun to use on the road and a true generator of emotions, accessible to everyone. All this, while respecting the Aprilia 660 project that promises bikes with a sensational weight/power ratio that are lightweight, high-performance, and built around the brand-new latest generation Aprilia parallel twin.

With respect to Tuono 660, already widely recognized and appreciated by the public and critics for its outstanding chassis qualities, Tuono 660 Factory boasts more sophisticated suspension, better suited to sport riding. The Kayaba fork with 41mm stanchions is fully adjustable in its compression and rebound damping and spring pre-load, while the Sachs shock with separate reservoir is also adjustable in its compression and rebound damping and spring pre-load.

There is an even better weight/power ratio, one of the main goals for all new Aprilia 660 models and already outstanding on the Tuono 660, thanks to the adoption of a light lithium battery that contributes to reducing the overall weight by roughly 2 kg (the curb weight is now 181 kg) and better engine performance.

A compact and lightweight latest-generation engine, 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 aluminum swingarm in its rear section. Combustion is asymmetric and offset by 270° to obtain irregular combustion which translates into performance and sound like that of a V-twin. The engine boasts even more drive-in acceleration, thanks to the use of a shorter final drive, with a 16-tooth pinion gear, one less than Tuono 660. The maximum torque remains unchanged, with 67 Nm at 8500 rpm, 80% of which is available from 4000 rpm, or 90% on reaching 6250 rpm.

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, can recognize the bike’s condition with respect to the road, measuring and processing the inputs that result from riding and sending the data to a control unit that intervenes to optimize the control parameters. The Tuono 660 Factory APRC includes ATC (Aprilia Traction Control), adjustable traction control characterized by high-performance intervention strategies; AWC (Aprilia Wheelie Control), the adjustable wheelie control system; ACC (Aprilia Cruise Control) to maintain a steady speed without using the throttle; AQS (Aprilia Quick Shift), the electronic gearbox that allows for very rapid shifting without closing the throttle or using the clutch. It is also equipped with the downshift function, to allow for clutchless downshifting; AEB (Aprilia Engine Brake), the adjustable system to control engine braking when closing the throttle; AEM (Aprilia Engine Map), with different mappings via which to alter the engine’s character and delivery.

Tuono 660 Factory also benefits from multi-map Cornering ABS. 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.

As with the Tuono 660, there are five customizable Riding Modes (three for road use and two for track use) to simplify life on-board. The rider needs only to choose the Riding Mode that best interprets his or her riding needs to automatically obtain the best settings in terms of traction control, wheelie control, engine brake, ABS, and the other managed parameters. Adoption of the inertial platform has also allowed for activation of the “bending lights” function, incorporated into the front LED light cluster complete with perimeter DRL (this pair of additional lights illuminate the entire corner, increasing visibility when leaning).

With its reduced surfaces effectively highlighting a dynamic, sport character, the bike’s design stands out for the innovative double fairing that serves as an aerodynamic appendage. The pressure of the air channeled between the two walls contributes to optimizing stability at high speeds and, at the same time, increases rider comfort by protecting against direct air flow, also deflecting the hot air extracted from the engine. The Tuono 660 Factory version is further enhanced with the aggressive and sporty Factory Dark graphics and the presence of the single-seat tail fairing, painted black and red and supplied as standard together with the passenger seat and footpegs. These pegs, like those of the rider, are the same as those of the Aprilia RS 660.

2022 Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory Specifications

Engine TypeAprilia forward-facing parallel twin-cylinder, four stroke, liquid-cooled with radiator and water-oil heat exchanger, DOHC with silent chain on the right side, four valves per cylinder.
Bore and Stroke81 mm x 63.93 mm
Displacement659 cc
Compression Ratio13.5:1
Horsepower100 hp (73.5 kW) at 10,500 rpm (claimed)
Torque49.4 lb-ft. (67 Nm) at 8,500 rpm (claimed)
Fuel SystemAirbox with front air vent. Two Æ48 mm throttle bodies, Ride-by-wire management
LubricationWet sump
TransmissionSix gears with Aprilia Quick Shift (AQS) up and down system
ClutchMultiplate wet clutch with slipper system
Secondary driveChain, drive ratio 16/43
Electronic management6-axis IMU, APRC suite that includes ATC (traction control), AWC (wheelie control), AEB (engine brake) AEM (engine mapping), ACC (cruise control)

5 riding modes (Road and Track, 3 pre-set and 2 customizable)

ChassisAluminum dual beam chassis with removable seat-supporting subframe
Front SuspensionKayaba 41 mm upside down fork with top out spring, aluminum pins to fasten radial calipers. Both stanchions allow for rebound, compression and spring pre-load adjustment. Wheel travel: 4.3 inches
Rear SuspensionAsymmetric aluminum swingarm. Single shock with top out spring and separate reservoir, adjustable in rebound, compression, and spring pre-load. Wheel travel: 5.1 inches
Front Brake320 mm dual discs, Brembo radial calipers with four horizontally opposed 32 mm pistons. Radial pump and metal braided brake hose
Rear Brake220 mm diameter disc; Brembo caliper with twoÆ 34 mm separate pistons. Master cylinder with separate reservoir and metal braided hose
ABSMulti-map Cornering ABS
Front WheelAluminum alloy 3.5” x 17”
Rear WheelAluminum alloy 5.5” x 17”
Front TireRadial tubeless 120/70 ZR 17
Rear TireRadial tubeless 180/55 ZR 17 (alternatively 180/60 ZR17)
Wheelbase53.9 inches
Length78.5 inches
Width31.7 inches
Saddle height32. inches
Rake/Trail24.1°/4.1 inches
Curb Weight399 pounds (claimed)
Fuel Capacity4.0 gallons
ColorsFactory Dark

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Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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