Aprilia has shown off a lightweight RS 660 Extrema, along with an EV bike, the ELECTRICa project, at the EICMA show, the latter representing a possible vision of zero emissions two-wheeled mobility in the near future.
The ELECTRICa is the first electric two-wheeler from Aprilia, aimed at the next generation of motorcycle buyers.
Aprilia says it has been working on an electric prototype off and on for decades.
Because of climate change and a move towards electrification, commuting needs will change in future, and the charge is likely to be led by tomorrow’s youth. The ELECTRICa project is a lightweight, zero emissions bike that’s fun to ride and will be found in cities of the future.
The look is clearly Aprilia; at the front is a modern interpretation of the triple headlamp cluster typical of all Aprilias and the bike sports clean modern lines. Compact dimensions and a low saddle height mean it should be user friendly to a range of riders, aided by its light weight. Brake controls on both sides of the handlebar make the transition from scooters easier for riders of the ELECTRICa.
Its motor is mounted in the conventional place for a motorcycle and final drive is by chain. Other features include keyless start, LCD instrumentation, and active electronic riding aids. No information on battery size, charge time or motor output was made available, nor whether this will even go into production and if so when.
Arguably of more relevance to the now was the other bike on the Aprilia stand, the RS 660 Extrema which will jet in next year sometime.
The RS 660 is said to be the best selling sports bike in Europe currently, and so the company has developed a lightened version known as the Extrema. It is henceforth the sportiest version in the RS 660 model range.
Weighing in at 166kg compared with 169kg for the standard RS 660, it is claimed to set a new weight to power ratio in its class, at 1.66kg per hp.
Weight has been saved in key areas, primarily in its lightweight street-legal exhaust system by SC Project. This features a carbon silencer positioned on the right side. A black anodised aluminium silencer bracket permits the removal of the pillion footpegs, for further weight loss. The front mudguard and the new bellypan are both made of carbon fibre.
Instead of the pillion seat (which still comes with the bike), there is a single-seat tail fairing for a sleeker look.
In addition to the standard traction control, cornering ABS, engine brake, engine map, and wheelie control, all of which are adjustable, the RS 660 Extrema also has software that permits a quick shift set-up in the upside-down race configuration. So the gearbox can be configured for street or race use, making it more convenient for track days.
Pick the Extrema by its new white and red livery, and graphics that mix and match aspects of the Italian and a chequered flag.