Aprilia debuts its RS 660 sports bike

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Words: NZ Autocar
13 Oct 2020

Ever yearned for a sexy Italian sportsbike that’s not too full-on, well equipped and doesn’t break the bank? Aprilia might just have the machine for you in its new RS 660 sportsbike.

And if this seems a bit too mini-RSV4, there’s a whole family of bikes based around a new parallel twin 660 engine in the design works, including a Tuono and an ADV example dubbed Tuareg.

Likely as not there will be LAMS variant too, to go up against the class leading Street Triple 660, as the engine displaces 659cc. Oh, and a track special dubbed RS Trofeo. Looks like the Noale outfit has thought of pretty much everything!

The middleweight, which has just been launched globally, was first revealed in 2018 at the EICMA show, with the real thing following last year as a production prototype.

As the images show, this clearly borrows styling chops from the RSV4 1100, while the RS 660 comes with a triple LED headlight assembly, daytime running lights and a fairing that incorporates aerodynamic features to reduce drag.

The engine is pretty clever, being a parallel twin that’s essentially the front half of the RSV4 1100 (with which it shares an 81mm bore figure). It creates exactly 100hp (75kW) at 10,500rpm and the bike weighs in at around 180kg ready to ride.

Its peak torque of 67Nm arrives at 8500rpm but evidently 80 per cent is on tap by 4000rpm (and 90 per cent by 6250rpm). A detuned version of the engine evidently meets learner licence (A2) laws for UK use.

Expect the full APRC safety arsenal as well, including a six-axis inertial platform providing cornering ABS and traction, while there’s also wheelie and cruise control, along with three road ride modes, and two optimised for track day usage.

The five modes are named Commute, Dynamic, Individual, Challenge and Time Attack, for obvious reasons. All of this is conveyed to the rider via a TFT dash.

Other special features include cornering lights, self dipping headlamps, a double walled fairing for optimal stability, an open but sporty riding triangle with pegs set as low as possible, and a lightweight aluminium chassis optimised for agility.

Components include adjustable 41mm USD Kayaba forks, Brembo radial brakes, Diablo Rosso Corsa II rubber, and bidirectional quickshifter.

Aprilia describes the RS 660 as a honed race bike for the road. It even makes removal of wing mirrors and licence plate holder simple for track day outings.

Three colours will be on offer Acid Gold, Lava Red and Apex Black.

Based on UK prices we’d expect the RS 660 to kick off at roughly $15k here for the LAMS model, and around $20k for the higher spec, higher power variants. We await confirmation of that.



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