Some months ago, we mentioned that the Aprilia RS660 might be arriving in the country before the end of the year. While there has been no specific date given yet, Aprilia wants to make sure we’re still excited for its arrival. The brand has recently released a teaser of the new model on track to show off its performance.
Naturally, the current pandemic has delayed its arrival, like many other bikes that were due to arrive some months ago. The Aprilia RS660 is no exception, with delays of its arrival announced in markets like the US and India. Being a global problem, chances are the timeline for the Philippines has been affected as well.
The RS 660 was first unveiled at the 2018 EICMA as a concept bike. It was greenlit for production in 2019.
It’s powered by a 660cc parallel-twin derived from the front bank of the 1100 cc V4. Despite being only half of a V4, it produces 101 Ps (100 Hp) of power.
It’s got the performance specs to back it up. The front suspension features an adjustable upside-down Kayaba (KYB) fork with 41 mm stanchions. It has a pair of 320 mm steel discs, a pair of radial calipers and a radial cylinder, all by Brembo.
Behind is an aluminum asymmetric swingarm which pivots directly from the load-bearing engine. The rear shock uses a linkage-free design.
It also has an extensive list of rider aids from traction control, wheelie control, cruise control, quick shift, engine brake, and engine mapping. There are 5 riding modes in addition to various settings for traction, wheelie, and engine braking. Finally, it also has cornering ABS as standard.
These settings can be seen on the full-color TFT screen that includes the Aprilia MIA, which is a multimedia platform that allows smartphone connectivity and control through an Aprilia motorcycle. A navigation function is also included that allows the rider to view directions directly on the instrument cluster after having set a journey destination on the smartphone.
The new RS 660 will be offered in two liveries: one is black and red, while the other is the Reggiani Replica, which is a tribute to the 1994 RS250 championship motorcycle.