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Aprilia unveils the RS 660 at EICMA 2019
EICMA 2019

Aprilia unveils the RS 660 at EICMA 2019

The Italian superbike manufacturer wows with the RS 660; also showcased was the Tuono 660 concept

By Afzal Rawuther

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Aprilia has unveiled the RS 660 at EICMA 2019. One of the most anticipated motorcycles for the 2019 EICMA show, the 2020 Aprilia RS 660 is set to turn the middleweight twins category on its head.

With over a hundred horses from the 660cc parallel-twin engine, in a package that weighs only 169kg (dry), the RS 660 sure promises to be a powerful motorcycle.

The 2020 Aprilia RS 660 also comes with the brand’s APRC electronics suite, which means IMU-powered traction control, wheelie control, and cornering ABS, along with an up/down quickshifter, cruise control, and switchable power modes.

The highlight of the motorcycle is the 660cc parallel-twin engine, which uses a 270° crankpin design. The Aprilia RS 660 shares a lot of DNA with its class-leading elder sibling, the RSV4 when it comes to engine architecture.

The basic shape of the Aprilia RS 660 hasn’t changed too much from the concept version, although some of the lines have been refined.

The double fairing design resembles that on the Aprilia RSV4 superbike. The extra fairing does provide downforce that is aimed at providing stability at high-speeds.

Aprilia unveils the RS 660 at EICMA 2019

The fairing design is also shaped to enhance rider comfort, with the main task being to pull hot air away from the rider, as well as helping to move air around the rider during high speeds.

The parallel-twin engine is a fully stressed member of the chassis, which helps keep weight down and improve rigidity.

Suspension duties are handled by Kayaba forks at the front while the braking comes all from Brembo, and includes dual 320mm discs at the front.

Aprilia unveils the RS 660 at EICMA 2019

Other goodies include LED headlights, daytime running lights with a cornering function, a 5″ TFT dash, and multimedia connectivity.

Aprilia unveils the RS 660 at EICMA 2019

Also showcased was the Tuono 660 Concept. Staying true to form, the Tuono, like its elder sibling, borrows all its mechanicals from the supersport RS 660. It, however, gets a raised seating position and a wider handle bar.