Perhaps it’s an understatement to say that many are awaiting the appearance of the production Aprilia RS660 since its launch two years ago at EICMA.
But to be more specific, many enthusiasts are eagerly hoping that the middleweight sportbike will be affordable, compared to the fully-loaded RSV4. That’s before mentioning that the RS660 looks beautiful and purposeful.
We’ve been following its development progress since then, first seeing it being tested on the track but there’s been no further news since then.
Lately however, the bike was spotted undergoing road testing on the road. The test mule wore complete bodywork, sans paint and markings. But more importantly, it wasn’t equipped with data logging equipment. According to Visordown, this meant that the bike was being tested in final production form.
Also noteworthy is the Honda CBR650R next to it. Now, we’re not sure if the two riders knew each other, but they did, it meant that Aprilia was testing the bike against a rival in the same category. Honda claims that the CBR650R’s inline-Four engine produces a healthy 70 kW (approximately 94 hp) and 64 Nm of torque. On the other hand, Aprilia says that they are aiming for the RS660’s parallel-Twin to pump out “more than 100 hp.”
We shall see what happens next from the manufacturer from Noale.
The Aprilia RS660 may just kick start the dormant middleweight supersport segment. At least, that’s what the manufacturer hopes. But are they serious in putting the concept into production? Patent filings in Australia seems to indicate as so.
The CAD drawings show a bike which adheres to the concept’s silhouette, with some differences.
Firstly, the forks look to be Sachs instead of the Ohlins fitted to the concept at EICMA 2018. The front brake calipers look to be “regular” monoblocs instead of Brembo Stylemas. The main reason for these has to be about cost savings, making the bike more affordable to the masses.
But bear in mind that Aprilia usually offers different versions of their bikes i.e. standard and Factory variants. In the case of the RSV4 and Tuono V4, the Factory variants are fully kitted out in the chassis and electronics departments. It could also be true for the RS660.
Good news is, the fairings take on aerobody applications. Going further, there’s been talk that the bike features an Aprilia Active Aerodynamics (A3) system. But what it does and how it works still remains to be seen.
Anyhow, the production model is slated to be released at EICMA this year. Hope we get to test the bike for its media introduction.
The upcoming Aprilia RS660 middleweight supersport bike garnered plenty of attention and anticipation since its unveiling at EICMA 2018.
As the Noale-based manufacturer said before, it’s basically an RSV4 minus the rear two cylinders. That turns the engine into a parallel-Twin.
Since then, Aprilia confirmed that the bike will make production and slated for 2020. That just leaves months to go before Intermot and EICMA 2019 for the purported official launch. So, there’s still plenty of work to do.
Lately, a video surfaced in the Aprilia Cup Facebook page claiming to be the RS660 prototype undergoing testing at the Imola racetrack. You can check out the video by clicking on the link below:
However, we’d like to point out that the bike sounded a whole like a V-Four and the fairing is that of an RSV4. However, if you could spot a rough-looking parallel-Twin just ahead of the rider’s shin. Our conclusion is that it could very well be the test mule for the RS660. Furthermore, the video is titled RS660.
As the 1000cc superbike market keeps shrinking, we are hoping to see the revival of middleweight supersport class. Not only that they are cheaper than the 1000s, their level of power is more accessible to a wider range of riders. Fingers crossed for the RS660 to be priced reasonably.
Remember the stunning 660cc sportbike concept which Aprilia showed off at EICMA last year? Sources whispered to Moto-Station in France that it will be available as a 2020 model. That means it could be ready by the third quarter this year!
It could very well be so, since the bike was caught testing at a track, also late last year. The spyshots even showed a race-ready version and a roadgoing one.
No performance of mechanical details have been released so far. There’s also speculation that the engine is based on the RSV4’s. However, if true, the 660’s engine is just without the two rear cylinders. Can we expect 100 hp? We may just, given Aprilia’s racing heritage. It should also include the APRC electronics package.
The more pertinent question among Malaysian bikers is price. Yup, always price before anything else. It depends on Aprilia to whether position this bike as a premium millionaire boys’ club material or superbike for the masses.
We do hope it’s the latter since we don’t have millionaire daddies.