The Aprilia Tuono 150 is the naked version of the RS 150, itself a concept based on the RS 125. Just like the RS 150, the Tuono 150 is the 150cc sibling of the Tuono 125. The design of the Tuono isn’t a traditional naked; the headlamp section is fixed, and in fact is just like the fully-faired version’s, meaning it doesn’t turn with the handlebar. There are small extensions below the headlamp unit as well, giving it a semi-faired look not unlike the Yamaha Fazer. Hardware spec is impressive: that 150cc engine is a liquid-cooled 4-valve, fuel-injected unit that generates around 18bhp. The RS150 concept also had a quickshifter for the six-speed gearbox, which means theoretically it is possible that the Tuono 150 will get it as well. Around the engine is a twin-spar frame, upside down front forks and ABS for the brakes that have radially mounted fixed callipers.
The Tuono will compete in theory with the likes of the Yamaha Fazer in the 150cc semi-faired category but with that list of features, the cost will be prohibitive. Even if it shortens the list by ditching the ABS and upside down forks, it will still end up in the Rs 1.3 lakh price bracket, where naked bikes like the Yamaha FZ25 exist. As such, we do not expect it to make its way to India any time soon.
The Tuono’s competition in the Indian market will be similar displacement nakeds like the Honda CB Hornet 160 R, Suzuki Gixxer FI, TVS Apache RTR 160 4V FI, and Yamaha Fazer FI. On price, however, it will be closer to the likes of the Yamaha FZ25, TVS Apache RTR 200 4V FI, and Bajaj Pulsar NS200.