With multiple Moto Guzzi styling elements, and what is clearly the engine from the new Aprilia RS 457, we suspect this retro roadster will in fact be branded as a Guzzi.Bernhard M. Hohne/BMH-Images When Aprilia took the wraps off its new RS 457 parallel-twin sportbike last year there was instantly speculation that it might lead to spinoffs. A Tuono 457 or Tuareg 457 would be logical extensions of the range, but this prototype, revealed in new spy photos, appears to be something very different and perhaps it won’t be badged as an Aprilia at all.
The engine in the machine is clearly the same 457cc parallel twin that debuted in the RS 457, which is to be manufactured in parent company Piaggio ’s Indian factory and puts out 47 hp, but in the new prototype it’s slung below a steel tube frame rather than the RS 457′s aluminum beam chassis. The alloy wheels, front fender and radial brakes appear to be borrowed from the RS 457, but the swingarm is also new and features an unusual single shock mounted far back on the right-hand side rather than the Aprilia’s central monoshock. We first got a glimpse of Aprilia’s RS 457 late last year.Aprilia On top of that new chassis is some very traditional-looking styling, with a fat-shouldered fuel tank and chrome-rimmed, circular headlight. Not the sort of thing Aprilia is known for, and a far cry from the aggressive shape that might be expected on a future Tuono 457 as […]