The Aprilia RS 660 is all set to infuse life into the dying 600cc supersport segment, as it's only days away from its global debut.
The 600cc Supersport segment is a vanishing space, for there're not many players in it. Those that have tried to breathe some life into this segment lately include a handful of names, such as the updated versions of the Kawasaki ZX-6R, Yamaha R6, or the very limited-edition Triumph Daytona 765. However, Aprilia is now going to rejuvenate the segment with an all-new motorcycle. The motorcycle has been officially confirmed, and it’s coming to the EICMA 2019 that’s just around the corner!
The bike in question here is the RS 660. Now, last year, Aprilia showcased the concept of this bike at the very same venue. However, over the last 12 months, Aprilia engineers have turned it into a reality and the production model is now ready. Aprilia is keeping all the details close to its chest at the moment – obviously! – but the company is doing its bit to ‘tease’ motorcycle enthusiasts in the buildup to the official unveiling. As a result, they’ve just released a dimly lit image, revealing the silhouette of the bike. From what we can tell, the production version is sticking to the sharp and sleek profile of the concept, which is good news. Plus, given the fact that it’s an Aprilia, you can rest assured that it’s going to be a thing of beauty.
But what lies underneath? At the moment, details are sparse, but it’s believed to be a twin-cylinder 660cc engine that’s derived from the 1,078cc V4 motor, which powers the firm’s heavyweight litre-class motorcycle, the RSV4 1100. The power output of the RS 660 is going to be in the range of 100 – 110bhp, although this is purely speculative at the moment. What’s more, the motorcycle is also expected to debut with active aero winglets, which, if true, will make it the first production motorcycle to feature such technology. Also, expect the motorcycle to come loaded with a raft of electronic riding aids.
More details will be out when Aprilia drops the veil on the RS 660 at EICMA 2019 next week. So, stay tuned…