Aprilia finally took the wraps off its production-ready RS660 sportbike this week, and says it’s now ready to take orders.
For the past couple of years, Aprilia’s been teasing its new middleweight sportbike, the RS660. It’s an interesting bike, recycling some technology from Aprilia’s larger RSV1000 V4 superbike, along with some other more cost-effective design ideas that all work together to keep this middleweight machine’s price down. At least, that’s the idea.
The RS660 has a liquid-cooled parallel twin engine with 270-degree firing order, supposedly making 100 horsepower at 10,500 rpm and 49 pound-feet of torque at 8,500 rpm. Aprilia’s well-known for its comprehensive electronics packages built into its performance bikes, and the RS660 will be no different. It comes with traction control, adjustable engine braking, wheelie control, adjustable cornering ABS and cruise control. Aprilia also has a selection of five rider modes (Commute, Dynamic, Individual, Challenge, Time Attack). All of this is managed by the bike’s ride-by-wire system of course; the rider can change settings via the TFT dashboard. The RS660 has a six-speed gearbox; it also comes with an up/down quickshifter, although we’re unclear on whether that’s fitted as standard equipment.
The new sportbike has an aluminum dual-beam frame, with aluminum swingarm and removable subframe (all the easier for tinkering with things at the racetrack, of course). There’s a set of 320mm brake discs up front, with radial-mount four-piston calipers from Brembo. In back, there’s a single 220mm disc, with Brembo two-piston caliper.
The RS660 is rated at 183 kilograms for wet weight, which is pretty decent for a machine with this much jam. It’s not really intended to show down against the Japanese 600 supersports, though, it’s more of an all-round middleweight. Pricing is £10,149 in the UK, which works out to roughly $13,200 USD or $17,300 CAD. The bike is actually on Aprilia’s North American website already (check it out there), but there’s no pricing info yet. That’ll come soon, though, and we’d also expect more details on the Tuareg 660 project in the near future.