Announced at the Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori (EICMA) or Milan Motorcycle Shows back in 2018, Aprilia’s contender for the middleweight sportbike market has just been released.
For the longest time, riders looking for a 600-class sportbike could only choose between the harsh, track-focused 600cc in-line-fours, or the mild-mannered, beginner-friendly 650cc machines. The Aprilia RS 660 offers the best of both worlds: triple-digit horsepower, a full electronics suite, and track-ready components in a not-so-harsh, street-friendly package.
A liquid-cooled 659cc DOHC parallel-twin engine brings this purebred Italian sportbike to life. Essentially the front half of the 1,100cc RSV4 superbike’s V4 power plant, this mill makes a claimed 100hp at 10,500rpm and 67Nm of torque at 8,500 rpm. The power is conveyed to the chain-driven rear wheel by the Aprilia Quick Shift six-speed transmission.
The powertrain is housed by an aluminum perimeter frame, which is kept aloft by an inverted 41mm Kayaba fork up front and a single fully adjustable shock absorber in the rear. Brembo radial-mount calipers on both front and rear brakes help provide stopping power.
An extensive list of Aprilia rider aids keep the bike’s performance in check: adjustable traction control, wheelie control, bi-directional quick shifter, cruise control, and an inertial measurement unit that calculates lean angle data for a more appropriate anti-lock braking system intervention.
Emphasizing how Aprilia expects it to be used both for daily rides and track days, the RS 660 features five ride modes. The street-focused options are the self-explanatory Commute, Dynamic for sporty rides, and Individual, which lets the rider customize the experience. For track sessions, there’s Challenge and Time Attack, which allows experienced riders to fine-tune and tinker with even more settings. These electronic doodads are accessible through the full-color thin-film-transistor dash, which also has an optional smartphone connection feature that manages calls, voice commands, and on-screen navigation.
Instead of having full-on winglets like the RSV4, the RS 660 is equipped with what Aprilia calls a “double fairing” that integrates aerodynamic features, produces downforce at speed, and funnels hot air away from the rider. The model comes in three colors: all-black, a purple and red homage to Aprilia’s racing heritage, and a flashy Acid Gold.
If the specs and dashing Italian looks aren’t enough to tempt you, maybe the competitive pricing will. The RS 660 has a price tag of $11,300 (approximately P549,000).