Aprilia has finally launched the new RS660, it's new middleweight machine, in international markets.
New 659cc, parallel twin makes 100hp and 67Nm
Gets a raft of electronic aids and adjustable suspension
Bookings have begun in international markets
Aprilia RS660 design
Aprilia, in typical fashion, has come up with a sleek and sporty design for the new RS660. The production motorcycle borrows design cues from its bigger sibling, the Aprilia RSV4.
That said, the Aprilia RS660 carves out an identity of its own, apparent in its sharp twin LED headlamps and the DRL with integrated turn indicators, that seamlessly merge with the creases on the front fairing. The LED headlamp also has a nifty cornering lamp function.
The side fairing looks equally arresting with its cuts and creases, while the exposed aluminium frame stands exposed in a typical Aprilia sort of way.
The Aprilia RS 660's tail section is stubby, akin to that of the Aprilia RSV4.
While the overall design is quite striking to look at, what adds to this effect are the colour options- Lava Red, Black Apex and Acid Gold. The colour that pops out the most among the three options is Acid Gold.
As far as ergonomics are concerned, Aprilia RS 660 features relatively relaxed ergonomics, a comfier seat and useable power than the super committed RSV4.
Aprilia RS660 engine
It's not just the design but the engine too that has a bit of the RSV4 in it. And this we mean in a literal sense.
The new Aprilia RS 660's new Euro5 compliant, 659cc, parallel-twin engine is derived from the Aprilia RSV4's V4 engine. This twin-cylinder engine has a 270-degree firing order and produces 100hp at 10,500rpm and 67Nm at 8,500rpm.
Expect the upcoming Aprilia Tuono 660, which was displayed in concept form along with the production ready RS 600 at EICMA 2019, to feature the same engine.
Aprilia RS 660 electronics
As is the case with any modern-day performance Aprilia, the RS660 also features comprehensive electronic rider aids. Called the Aprilia Performance Ride Control (APRC) the six-axis IMU based system includes three level cornering ABS, adjustable wheelie control, traction control and engine brake control. It also gets an up/down quickshifter and cruise control. The motorcycle has five ride modes- Commute, Dynamic, Individual, Challenge and Time Attack. These modes can be accessed via the TFT dashboard.
Aprilia RS660 chassis
The Aprilia RS660's dual beam frame features a removable seat support subframe. It has a 1370mm wheelbase, 24.1 degree rake and 104.6mm trail, which should entail a flickable nature.
The suspension components include a 41mm Kayaba USD fork, adjustable for spring preload and rebound damping. At the rear, there is a monoshock that is also adjustable for rebound and preload.
Braking duties are carried out by twin 320 discs at the front with four-piston Brembo radial calipers and a 220mm disc at the back with two pistons Brembo.
Aprilia RS 660 price
Aprilia has launched the RS660 in international markets at £10,149 or Rs 9.7 lakh. Bookings for the motorcycle begin today onwards.
Aprilia has not paid much focus to its big bike range in India, but it does import some high capacity models as CBUs. However the sub 800cc RS 660 may have to come in as an SKD or CKD model, at the very least, and Aprilia has put its CKD plans on the back burner now.