Aprilia has been working really hard on building up the hype for its new middleweight sports bike, the RS 660. Earlier last month, they released a new teaser video for the upcoming model without revealing any details about its specifications. Now, the motorcycle brand from Noale releases its specifications and features ahead of its official global launch set this weekend.
The RS660 is the Italian marque’s first model in its middleweight platform. Before the bike was revealed as a concept in EICMA back in 2018, Aprilia had a huge gap to fill between its entry-level sports bike, the RS 125, and its powerful super sports model, the RSV4. Nowadays, the middleweight market is already considered a hotly contested segment that major motorcycle brands are taking notice of. The Aprilia RS 660 is finally falling to our hands as it makes its global debut this weekend.
The new RS 660 updates its look with a new triple LED headlight assembly with daytime running lights together with a double fairing design with integrated aerodynamic features made to trim both weight and drag. Borrowing style cues from the established RSV4 1100 super sports bike, it is powered by a Euro 5 compliant, forward-facing, parallel-twin, 4-stroke DOHC engine capable of churning out 100 hp at 10,500 RPM and 67 Nm of torque at 8,500 RPM.
Stopping duties are provided by 320 mm dual-disc with 4-piston Brembo radial calipers up front and a 220 mm disc with 2-piston Brembo radial calipers for the rear. The RS 660 is equipped with a 41 mm Kayaba upside-down fork for the front with adjustable rebound, compression, and spring reload together with a rear mono-shock with adjustable rebound and preload to keep bumps at bay. With ‘lightness’ and ‘compactness’ being described of the new Aprilia RS 660 by the press, It tips the scales with a 183 curb weight (169 kg dry) and has a tank capacity of 15 liters.
Aprilia confirms that it will come with all the electronic bells and whistles including traction, wheelie, and cruise control, together with a total of five riding modes. Commute (everyday riding), Dynamic (sports riding), and Individual (customized setting) are designed more for common road usage while Challenge (on-track racing sessions) and Time Attack (optimized for experienced riders for optimum performance) are riding modes made more for track usage. The new middleweight sports bike also features a six-axis inertial platform, using data from the rider to adjust the characteristics of the bike and amplify your riding experience for even better track times.
The Italian brand decided to take advantage of the V4 technology to guarantee top-class performance while taking into consideration the high piston stroke speeds relative to its displacement size. Aprilia offers the new RS 660 in Lava Red, Apex Black, and unveiled a new color option with Acid Gold. The house from Noale is also set to eventually introduce Tuono naked variant, a Tuareg adventure bike, and a track exclusive model RS Trofeo. Prices of the Aprilia RS 660 are set to begin at 11,200 Euros or roughly around Php 640,000 plus taxes and customs duties. We still haven’t heard any official word yet from Bikerbox Inc., the official distributor of Aprilia motorcycles in the Philippines as to when the new RS 660 will land on Philippine shores.