(Likely to be called) Aprilia RS440 launch has officially been confirmed by the parent brand for India for this year. Time to rejoice…!!!
Piaggio, the parent brand of Aprilia Motorcycles, has completed 25 years in the Indian market. As a part of the celebration, the company has announced its future roadmap with a fresh new zeal. Among other products, the most interesting revelation comes in the form of a motorcycle!
Yes, Piaggio has officially said that it is entering a new segment with an Aprilia branded motorcycle. Nothing apart from this has been mentioned in the press release that the company has sent. Now, this takes us to the mysterious test mule that was snapped near Baramati – the company’s manufacturing plant (check it out here)!
The Aprilia motorcycle that is coming looks like a mid-sized, localized product with typical Italian pedigree that we have seen on the RS660 (that is also available but it is not locally made). Touted to be called as Aprilia RS440, the new motorcycle is expected to come with a near 400-450cc single cylinder (or a twin) engine with liquid cooling and hefty tech and loaded features.
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This will be the first time any Aprilia motorcycle will be locally made in India. All its current motorcycle models are imported from some other manufacturing facilities. The RS440, being an entry level mid-sizer, will play in the very crucial segment in India and rival the likes of TVS Apache 310, KTM RC390, Kawasaki Ninja 300 among others.
Considering the placement of its products we do not expect to see Aprilia playing the pricing card for this one – which, in simple terms, means that it may be a costly preposition. India’s Baramati plant could be the home for the locally made RS440 from where Piaggio may export it to various markets of the world.
The best news is that we do not have to wait for the product for too long as the company has officially announced that it will be launched sometime within this year. We hope to see it coming around the September-October period. Excited…?