Straight outta Compton … errrr, make that Italy, we’ve got news of a new factory race bike program from Aprilia, based on the company’s tasty new RS660 parallel twin sportbike.
The new Aprilia RS660 Trofeo comes from the Factory Works program, with considerable upgrading, with more muscle, less fat, and better handling. Aprilia says it’s the most affordable bike from that program, keeping with the RS660’s theme of attainability.
Noale put a new exhaust and race-tuned ECU on the bike, boosting engine output to a healthy 105 horsepower, more than any other machine in this middleweight twin class. Since this is a race-only machine, Aprilia also removed the secondary air system and put on an SC Project exhaust. Emissions regulations? Never heard of ’em!
There’s also a a new Sprint air filter, aluminum guards for the alternator and clutch cover, and Aprilia deleted the thermostat. The TFT dash is configured to work with the bike’s new race-tuned systems as well.
Aprilia also put new suspension on the bike. The fork internals are updated, with a new Ohlins AP498 shock. Front and rear suspension are fully adjustable. The race-equipped RS660 comes with Pirelli Supercorsa V3 SC1 tires. The bodywork is fibreglass.
The frame itself seems to be unchanged, but Aprilia put a new upper steering yoke on the bike, along with new adjustable handlebars and footpegs. The idea is to give a lowered riding position, fitted to the racer.
Aprilia’s efforts add up to a bike with more power, a 153-kilo dry weight, and updated chassis. Will it be available in North America? It seems the factory plans this as a global offering, but we’ve heard nothing from Piaggo Group about Canadian/American pricing or arrival dates. The RS660 has shown up in MotoAmerica already though, and no doubt Aprilia would like to sell more of these in our market.