It looks like Aprilia is finally bringing its RS660 middleweight sportbike to production. First unveiled as a concept bike at the 2018 EICMA, the production machine has yet to see the light of day.
But it now seems that Aprilia is ready to pull the production trigger on the bike. The Noale, Italy manufacturer recently released a brief video showing the bike in action. At the end of the video is a banner that says in bold letters:
PRE-BOOKING FROM OCTOBER
The new Italian sportbike did not make its scheduled release date, and up until now, all we knew was that the bike had been delayed. The impact of COVID seems to be the most likely culprit. But now that bookings are open, it’s clear that the new machine is not far off.
We know a fair amount about the RS660. The new bike gets its power from a 660cc parallel-twin engine producing around 100 hp. Its front suspension is comprised of an upside-down Kayaba (KYB) fork with 41 mm stanchions. Braking components are courtesy of Brembo with a pair of 320mm steel discs, grasped by radial calipers with a radial brake cylinder.
At the back of the machine is an aluminum asymmetric swingarm. It attaches directly to the bike’s load-bearing engine.
As has become standard on many bikes, the RS660 has a long list of rider aids. Hop aboard, and you’ll find rider aids like traction, wheelie, cornering ABS, and cruise control. With five different selectable ride modes and user-adjustable settings for engine braking and engine mapping, the bike’s computer may get as much as a workout as a rider strafing apexes.
You’ll be able to make adjustments via the machine’s full-color, connected TFT display featuring Aprilia’s proprietary MIA multi-media platform. It provides smartphone connectivity as well as a navigation function.
Pricing for the new sportbike has not been announced.
All photo and video credit: Aprilia