Aprilia is known for high-powered sportbikes, and that has always meant a bike with an engine displacement of 900cc or more. Now, it seems the Italian motorcycle manufacturer will bring a middleweight bike to the market. Aprilia will build the RS 660, according to a report form Moto-Station.
In an interview with a Piaggio representative (Piaggio owns Aprilia), it was revealed that the company continues to develop the RS 660 Concept, and a production motorcycle will come in 2020. According to the report, the company rep also said that a production version will make its debut at EICMA coming in November.
That’s definitely a confirmation, and we’re pretty excited. The middleweight sportbike market could use an Aprilia model. As RideApart points out. This is really part of a larger trend in the motorcycling world. More manufacturers produce smaller bikes now. I expected this trend to continue, but I’m a little surprised Aprilia is getting in on the action.
With that said, I assume the company will have no problem selling the bikes. The 660cc parallel-twin engine is essentially half of the RSV4’s engine. It should be a true performer. There’s no word on price, but I’d expect Aprilia’s middleweight sportbike to cost more than other bikes in the segment.
This shouldn’t surprise you as Aprilia’s bikes are always a little salty. From what I hear, though, they’re worth it. Personally, I’ve never ridden an Aprilia bike. Maybe the upcoming RS 660 will be the first? I’ll keep an eye out come EICMA for Aprilia’s official reveal.