New Aprilia RS660: 98bhp twin for 2020

John Milbank, BikeSocial Consumer Editor
By John Milbank
BikingMilbank BikeSocial Consumer Editor, John owns a BMW S1000XR, Honda Grom and a 1999 Kawasaki ZX-6R. He's as happy tinkering in the workshop as he is on twisty backroads, and loves every bike ever built (except one). He's bought three CBR600s, a KTM 1050 Adventure, Yamaha MT-10, two Ducati Monsters, several winter hacks, three off-roaders, a supermoto pit bike, a Honda Vision 50 and built his own custom XSR700. 

 

 

Described as a platform for a new generation of motorcycles, the 2020 Aprilia RS660 is the Italian company’s first in a range that will use the newly-developed parallel-twin motor…

 

How much power does the new Aprilia RS660 make?

The forward-facing 660cc parallel twin motor is Euro5 compliant and is said to be built around the concept and dimensions of the front two cylinders of the 1100cc V4 in Aprilia’s Tuono and RSV4. This design is claimed to transmit the minimum amount of heat to the rider, while creating the space for a slim and lightweight chassis.

Making 98bhp (74kW), it’s a DOHC engine with a 270° crank that the Italian engineers say is a record power output for a parallel twin of this capacity. The Yamaha MT-07 makes 74bhp (55kW).

Torque is said to be strong, but there are no official specifications for the bike yet, beyond the power output, as it’s still going through the homologation process.

 

What kind of chassis does the Aprilia RS660 have?

The new chassis is aluminium, as is the asymmetric swingarm, which pivots directly from the load-bearing engine. The rear shock is also a linkage-free design, while the steering is said to be stable on road and track, with a good turning circle for daily use.

We’ll have to wait until we can get the first review of the Aprilia RS660 in the coming months to know how it really handles, but if it carries more than just the moniker of the RS250 we remember so fondly, this thing – with its 41mm upside-down Kayaba forks, 320mm discs and radially-mounted and operated Brembo brakes – promises to be one of the most exciting bikes of 2020.

 

Does the Aprilia RS660 have cornering ABS?

Thanks to a six-axis IMU, the Aprilia RS660 has the following electronic rider aids:

  • Cornering ABS
  • Traction control
  • Wheelie control
  • Up and down quick-shifter
  • Engine braking control
  • Three road riding modes
  • Two track riding modes
  • Cruise control

Also included is a colour TFT display with connectivity to your smartphone for notifications and music control.

To say we’re excited about such a high-spec sports bike that has manageable power for the road is an understatement…

 

VIDEO - A closer look at the new Aprilia RS660

 

 

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