Aprilia thrilled audiences at EICMA 2018 with the RS 660 concept. Recently, it’s been confirmed that the Italian brand is planning to display the final production version of the middleweight sport bike later this year at EICMA 2019.
French journalists from Moto-Station recently attended a couple of media events to test models from the Piaggio Group. During one instance, they asked a Piaggio spokesperson about the future of the Aprilia RS 660. The representative reportedly replied, “We [are continuing] the development of the RS660, it follows its path; there are no special reasons that would prevent it from arriving in 2020. At the upcoming EICMA fair in Milan, it will be presented in [its] final version.”
Aprilia's stunning RS 660 concept excited many last year at EICMA 2018. The prototype is powered by a 660cc parallel twin, derived from the Italian brand’s signature V4s. Aprilia developed the middleweight power plant as a stressed member for the RS 660’s lightweight frame. A parallel twin layout was chosen for its compactness and efficiency.
Motorcycle manufacturers all over the world are hopping onboard the global trend of offering smaller-displacement options for riders demanding accessibility and affordability. Needless to say, Aprilia will provide lightweight, flickable performance with its new sport bike. Whether the brand will homologate a supersport version for competition has yet to be seen. The production version of the RS 660 is expected to debut this November at EICMA 2019, prior to its release into the wild next year as a 2020 model.