Aprilia has revealed the key details about its hotly anticipated Tuareg 660 middleweight adventure bike.
Hot on the heels of Yamaha’s popular Tenere 700, the Tuareg 660 is the third model from Aprilia’s fresh middleweight platform, built around that 660cc twin engine.
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Designed to be lightweight and capable in the rough stuff without losing the sporty nature of the Italian factory’s RS and Tuono, we’ve finally got our hands on all the information about the new version of the iconic machine ahead of its official release.
Using a detuned, but higher torque version of the 660cc parallel twin found in the RS and Tuono, the Tuareg 660 tops out at 80hp with peak torque coming in at 70Nm, which is a substantial 8bhp more power on tap than the larger capacity Tenere.
That’s not all – the Aprilia Tuareg 660 will keep its weight down.
Okay, so it’s not as light as its rival, tipping the scales at a dry weight of 187kg, compared with the Tenere 700’s 180kg.
Aprilia will also offer its APRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) to give the Tuareg 660 a more sporting dynamic on the Tarmac, plus four riding modes (two customisable), ABS that can be deactivated for both wheels, traction control, cruise control and engine mapping, all accessible via a 5-inch TFT screen.
As well as being a light chassis, the Tuareg 660 offers 240mm long travel suspension, a wheelbase of just over 1500mm wheelbase, plus a 43mm diameter fork with single shock absorber.
Aprilia is yet to say when the Tuareg 660 will hit the road but we’re not expecting to have to wait too long to ride one out on the trails.
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