Aprilia RS 660 concept was revealed to the world for the first time at the 2018 EICMA earlier this year. The bike was quick to gather a lot of attention. Being an Italian, it surely is a gorgeous machine and it comes with Aprilia’s active aerodynamics. So by the looks of it, it was speculated that it would take Aprilia a long time to get this concept up and running for production. However, we were wrong as the Aprilia RS 660 has been recently caught testing for the first time.
A couple of pictures have surfaced that reveal the new RS 660 in flesh on a race track. And the bike looks quite production-ready. That is surprising! The photos reveal that there were two bikes undergoing the testing procedure. One was the street trim and the other one in race trim.
The Aprilia RS 660 is powered by a parallel twin-cylinder engine that is based on the mighty RSV4’s engine. The displacement of the engine is still unknown but we are expecting it to be under the 650cc mark. This would allow Aprilia to use the RS 660 to participate in racing events like the Isle of Man TT’s Lightweight TT class. As far as the power is concerned, we are looking at a figure close to 100hp.
Aprilia RS 660 is also loaded with Aprilia’s active aerodynamic technology. As the name suggests, it gives the bike capability to change its front aerodynamic profile and consequently the downforce. The RS 600’s carries an aluminium frame and its engine as a stressed member of the chassis. The whole concept makes the bike very compact, lightweight, and agile.
With the testing process of the RS 660 ongoing, chances are that Aprilia would launch the bike earlier than expected. We are eyeing for a late 2019 or early 2020 launch, and are pretty excited. Are you?