The new Aprilia RS 660 and Tuono 660 will be brought to India via the CBU route around June-July 2021. Piaggio also has plans to expand its dealership network by adding 100 more outlets by end of 2021.
In an official round-table conference, Diego Graffi, CEO and MD of Piaggio Vehicle Pvt. Ltd., has revealed Aprilia’s future plans. During the conference, Graffi confirmed the launch of the Aprilia RS 660 and Tuono 660 in India around June-July 2021. Both the motorcycles will be brought into India via the CBU route. Aprilia has only just taken the wraps off the RS 660 in October, and it is great to see Aprilia bring it to India within a year of its global unveiling. Having said that, it doesn’t quite come as a surprise, given that India is the biggest market in the world for Aprilia.
The RS 660 is a fully-faired middle-weight offering that sports stunning Italian design cues. It gets a sharply cut LED headlamp with DRL, an edgy fairing, neat creases on the fuel tank, and an underbody exhaust. Just like it's the case in the litre-class category, the Tuono 660 will be a naked iteration of the RS 660. At the heart, both motorcycles will come with a 659cc parallel-twin, which develops 98.5bhp and 67Nm. Expect the 660 duo to have a good electronics safety net, including cornering ABS, adjustable wheelie control, traction control, quick shifter, and cruise control.
Aside from the RS 660 and the Tuono 660, Aprilia is also working to update their current scooter line-up. Expect an updated iteration of the SR 160 to be launched in the second half of 2021 as well. Additionally, Graffi also shared that there are no plans of bringing in a smaller SXR 125 as of now.
As far as its dealership network is concerned, Piaggio plans to add 100 new outlets by the end of 2021, and further increase it to a total of about 400 – 450 touch-points by the end of 2022. With the increased reach, Piaggio is also hoping to capture a larger share of the market and has a target to achieve sales of 1.5 – 2 lakh units annually, of the Aprilia and Vespa brands, in the next two years. As of now, the division between the two brands is 55-45 in the favour of the Vespa.