When Aprilia unveiled the highly anticipated RS 660 sportbike a couple of months ago, the middleweight sportbike segment was taken by storm by what could quite possibly be one of the best bikes in its class. Unlike its bigger brother, the RSV4, the RS 660 was designed as a more manageable and tractable bike with the ability to be ridden on a daily basis in relative ease, and still be able to shred the track and twisty roads on the weekends.
With that, Aprilia's transition towards smaller displacement machines seems to be dawning, as the company has recently confirmed the development of an even smaller RS sportbike slated for launch in the next couple years. Speculation hints toward the launch of an RS 400 sportbike, to complement the already rumored Tuono 400 which began to surface a couple of months ago.
Looking at things from a global point of view, Aprilia's shift towards smaller displacement machines isn't at all uncalled for, given the increase in popularity of smaller displacement motorcycles. Of course, this is emphasized by the extremely capable bikes that occupy this segment at the moment. If and when Aprilia decides to take the covers off the RS 400, chances are it will put other strong contenders like the KTM RC 390 and the Kawasaki Ninja 400 through their paces.
At present, Aprilia's low displacement model range, central to the beginner segment in the European market, consists of the RS150, which looks like a shrunken version of the RSV4, and the Tuono 150, an aggressively styled naked bike bearing the same styling cues as the big, bad Tuono V4 1100. As for the 400cc-class bikes in the pipeline, these machines are expected to be designed by Aprilia in Italy, but will be manufactured in their facility situated in India.