Sportbike enthusiasts, rejoice—Aprilia’s 600cc contender is coming to our shores. Bikerbox, the Italian brand’s distributor in the Philippines, has announced that the RS 660 is now available for pre-booking.
Perhaps one of the most anxiously awaited sportbikes in the 600cc category, the RS 660 promises to deliver a new riding experience that’s both sporty and practical. Powered by a 660cc twin-cylinder engine with 100hp and 67Nm of torque, the middleweight strikes a balance between the triple-digit horsepower and canyon-carving performance of a 600cc supersport, and the usable practicality of a twin-cylinder-powered sport tourer.
Housing the compact engine is a brand-new aluminum frame that utilizes the engine as a load-bearing element, forming a compact and lightweight yet rigid structure. Complementing this is an adjustable suspension setup with a 41mm inverted Kayaba fork in the front and mono-shock in the rear. Radial mount brakes and a radial master cylinder, both made by Brembo, confidently bring this 183kg machine to a stop.
The RS 660 inherits a couple of party tricks from its bigger sibling, the RSV4, the first of which is its ‘double fairing.’ Similar to the aerodynamic winglets on the 1,100cc RSV4, the fairing on the 660 is structured in a way that provides downforce and stability at speed.
The second party trick is the Aprilia Performance Ride Control, or APRC. APRC refers to the RS 660’s comprehensive electronics suite, which is paired with a six-axis inertial measurement unit that measures lean angle and bike position, and communicates with the bike’s electronics to make adjustments. APRC includes traction control, wheelie control, cruise control, quick-shifting, engine braking, engine mapping, and five different riding modes: Commute, Dynamic, Individual, Challenge, and Time Attack.
All these electronic aids can be adjusted through a TFT dash that also doubles as an infotainment system. The full-color display can be switched between Road and Track modes. Speaking of color, the RS 660 comes in three: Acid Gold, Lava Red, and Apex Black.
The promising new middleweight is priced at P860,000, and is estimated to arrive in April or May of 2021. Those who pre-book a unit before December 31 with a downpayment of P200,000 can get the bike at a discounted price of P798,000.