Aprilia Tuono 457 may be the more interesting motorcycle in the entry level mid-size segment for people who like versatile motorcycles than full faired sportsters…
Aprilia’s RS models have similar streetfighter Tuono variants. This holds true for the RS660 (naked variant – Tuono 660), RSV4 (naked variant – Tuono V4). And in fact, when Aprilia showcased the RS150 at the 2018 Auto Expo as a concept, it was accompanied by its Tuono sibling.
Now, that clearly suggests that there could…. in fact there should be a Tuono 457 after the recent unveil of the RS457 that has got everybody talking. This was also, kind of, hinted by Marco Lambri, who is the Design Director at Piaggio during an interaction with Autocar. To this question of the possibility of the Tuono 457, Marco smiled and said…
Why not? Why not?
What makes this development very interesting is the possibility of getting the Italian semi-faired street bike right here in India. The biggest USP of Aprilia’s entry level mid-sizer is that, like the RS457, it will be made completely in India, right at the Baramati plant.
Needless to say that if there will be such a bike, it will share its underpinings with the full faired sibling. However, differences will be there since it will be presented for a new application. Being a street motorcycle, the Tuono will likely have a relaxed seating posture, semi-fairing and there is a possibility of Aprilia taking off a few features.
The next interesting bit to note is the possible price point. The oncoming of the Yamaha R3 (and the MT03) at an astronomical price tag has made the RS457 look more value that what it probably is! The RS457 costs Rs 4.10 Lac ex-showroom and quite naturally the Tuono will come cheaper – and it may sport a sub 4 Lac price tag. This is obviously under the expectation that Aprilia will not raise the price tag of the RS457 in the near future.
Nobody has any clue at what stage the Tuono 457 is, if it is under works and nor do we have a lot of idea about the possible launch timelines. But what is almost certain is that everybody would love to see such a motorcycle coming to production – but at a sense-making price tag!