Aprilia reveals production RS 660 at EICMA

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Words: Nile Bijoux
6 Nov 2019

We knew it was coming and here it is. Aprilia’s re-entry to the middleweight market, the RS 660 in full production trim.

It largely resembles the concept from last year. The polished aluminium frame is gone, replaced by a more accountant-friendly anodised chassis. Aprilia has swapped the long exhaust from the concept for a stubby underbelly unit to keep weight centralised. It’s Euro5 compliant though. A double fairing design aims to provide a similar effect to winglets, that being stability at high speeds. Aprilia says the fairing helps to pull hot air away from the rider as well, improving comfort.

The engine is a parallel twin forged from chopping an RSV4 donk in half and expanded to 660cc. It offers a healthy 75kW which only needs to push a 169kg package (dry), which should make the RS 660 a decent whip for sporty riding at the track and your favourite B road.

Electronics are right up there too, with the APRC suite making its way to the RS. That means IMU-assisted traction control, wheelie control, cornering ABS, an up/down quickshifter, cruise control and switchable power modes.

Front suspension is a Kayaba unit while the rear shock is unspecified. Braking is all Brembo, with 320mm discs on the front wheel.

Elsewhere are LED headlights with daytime runners, a five-inch TFT screen and multimedia connectivity.

The final question mark concerns pricing. We’d expect the 660 to sit around the 20k mark, given the new Kawasaki ZX-6R and Yamaha R6 are both roughly $19.5k. There are also rumours of a low-power variant to fit into A2 licencing overseas, which could slot nicely into the local LAMS scheme.

Love the idea of a middleweight performance machine but aren’t sold on the racey ergos of the RS 660? Aprilia also confirmed the Tuono 660, which is a naked version of the 660 platform. It has the same overall features as the RS (albeit with 71kW) but repackaged into a naked machine, much like the full-fat Tuono and RSV4.

UPDATE

Aprilia NZ has confirmed that the RS 660 will launch in New Zealand and Australia before anywhere else in the world, expected in November 2020. Price is yet to be confirmed but Aprilia NZ expects it to be in the vicinity of $20k.

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