Aprilia RS 660 is here to take on the Triumph Daytona 765 and Kawasaki Ninja ZX6R
At the EICMA 2019, Aprilia has unveiled the RS 660 which is powered by a new 660 engine developing 100 horsepower. This new segment in Aprilia’s line will also spawn a Tuono 660 in the near future. Same cannot be said for any naked variant of the bike as the company has not yet confirmed anything on that regard.
The Aprilia RS 660 will rival the likes of Kawasaki Ninja ZX6R as well as upcoming Triumph Daytona 765 sportsbike. The new middle-weight supersports features one of the sharpest fairing design which seamlessly integrates the LED headlights and LED DRLs.
An interesting feature of the RS 660 is the aerodynamic winglets which are a first in this segment. These wiglets are designed in such a way that they perform two functions – one to provide downforce at high speed and second to divert engine heat downwards away from the rider.
Powering the RS 660 is a newly developed liquid-cooled, 660cc parallel-twin engine with a 270° firing order for smoother operation. This powerplant pumps out 100bhp with an unknown amount of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox which comes with two-way quickshifter. With a dry weight of just 169kg, the RS will go head to head with the more powerful yet heavy Kawasaki ZX6R.
Coming to the electronics, Aprilia has packed in all the electronics aids available to any litre-class superbike. Starting with the 6-axis IMU which assesses the likes of ABS and traction control along with providing wheelie and stoppie control. Next, there are five riding modes, three for street and two for the track, Multi-level traction control, engine braking, cruise control and much more.
The Aprilia RS 660 is suspended on 41mm Kayaba USD forks up front and monoshock at the rear. Braking duties are taken care of by Brembo M4.32 monoblock callipers gripping dual 320mm discs at the front and a single disc with floating calliper at the rear.
Prices, as of now, are not yet revealed but if launched in India, the Aprilia RS 660 will price near about Rs 15 lakh as it will come as CBU.
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