- Sub-400cc Aprilia Tuono and RS models planned for India
- Likely to be ready in the next two-three years
- Expected to be priced above Rs 3 lakh
Piaggio has confirmed that it will be entering the 300-400cc segment in India with the sub-400cc iterations of the Aprilia Tuono and RS models. The development of this platform will commence soon and the final products will take around two-three years to be ready for debut.
As we had told you in September 2018, the Italian brand was pondering over launching 150cc versions of the Tuono and RS in India. The company was also expected to launch these products at this year’s Auto Expo. However, the CEO and MD of Piaggio, Diego Graffi, has now stated that it’s too late to enter the 125-150cc segment in India. Instead, the company sees a consistently rising potential in the 300-400cc space which comprises of products like the KTM 390 Duke and the TVS Apache RR310.
Aprilia currently has the GPR250 fully-faired motorcycle in the Chinese market. However, the company has clarified that the products to be developed for India will be entirely different. Although Piaggio has not revealed any information about the engine yet, we expect it to be a single-cylinder unit which will help in keeping the costs in check. In terms of styling, these Tuono and RS models will certainly draw inspiration from their larger naked and fully-faired siblings, the Tuono V4 1100 and RSV4 1100, respectively.
The sub-400cc versions of the Aprilia Tuono and RS are likely to be launched around 2022-2023. Similar to other products from Piaggio, expect these bikes to carry an exorbitant price tag, something north of Rs 3 lakh mark.