Auto Expo 2018: Aprilia’s Yamaha R15 rivals, the RS 150 & Tuono 150

We bring you the Aprilia RS 150 and Tuono 150, the Italian’s marques alternatives to the Yamaha R15. Aprilia teased us with these bikes, we hope they launch them soon!

Aprilia always has nice surprises in store for us. First it was the SR 150 scooter, a gem of a product that handled well and had enough oomph to outpace bikes of similar displacement. And now Aprilia have showcased the RS 150 and the Tuono 150, two sportsbikes that look lip smackingly good!

If you are unfamiliar with the brand Aprilia, then the names RSV4 and Tuono would be quite new and strange to you. Well Aprilia have won the Superbike World Championship (SBK) not once but four times in 2010, 12, 13 and 14 with the RSV4. The Tuono is a direct descendant of the RSV4 but in a naked bike avatar.

Now coming to the Aprilia RS 150 and Tuono 150, they are mini bikes of their litre class siblings powered by 150cc engines outputting 18 Bhp at 10,000 rpm and 14 Nm of torque at 7,500 rpm. Both bikes are mechanically identical sharing the same liquid cooled fuel injected engines and differ only in body styles.

They also share the same suspension components, 40 mm Upside Down Forks at front and a mono-shock at the rear. A 300 mm front disc and 218 mm rear disc takes care of braking duties, with Bosch ABS available as standard. You can also spec your Aprilia RS 150 / Tuono 150 with a Quick Shifter, which should well shift gears quickly.

Seeing this promising spec sheet, the Aprilia RS 150 and Tuono 150 would be priced at the higher scale. But Aprilia can spring a surprise with the pricing the same way it did with the SR150. The company didn’t specify a launch date for the Aprilia RS 150 & Tuono 150, and might be gauging response, which isn’t lacking at all. So expect a launch by 2019.

 

Aprilia RS 150 / Tueno 150 Specifications

Engine : 150cc, four-stroke
Power : 18 Bhp @ 10,000 rpm
Torque : 14 Nm @ 7,500 rpm
Cooling : Liquid
Supply : Fuel injection
Front Suspension : 40mm Upside Down Fork
Front Wheel Travel : 110mm
Rear Suspension : Monoshock
Rear Wheel Travel : 130mm
Front Brake : 300mm disc with 4 piston caliper
Rear Brake : 218mm disc with 1 piston caliper
ABS : Yes (Bosch)
Front Tyre : Tubeless 100/80 ZR 17
Rear Tyre : Tubeless 130/70 ZR 17
Optional Accessory : Accessory Quick Shifter

Aprilia RS 150 Sports Bike Image Gallery

Aprilia Tuono 150 Naked Bike Image Gallery

 

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