Aprilia Shows RS 660 Concept Sportbike With Active Aerodynamics At EICMA
APRILIA CONCEPT RS 660
CONCEPT RS 660 IS THE FIRST EVOLUTIONARY STEP IN A REVAMPING AIMED AT EXPANDING THE APRILIA RANGE UNDER THE SIGN OF SPORTINESS AND PERFORMANCE FOR FUN
CUTTING-EDGE AERODYNAMICS RESEARCH, PREMIUM TECHNICAL CONTENT, ADVANCED ELECTRONICS AND A NEW TWIN-CYLINDER ENGINE: RS 660 REDEFINES APRILIA VALUES FOR A NEW GENERATION OF RIDERS
Powered by the front half of a Tuono 1100 V4, the Aprilia Concept RS660 unveiled at EICMA is a lightweight parallel twin supersport bike with comfy ergonomics for the road and a frontal aerodynamic profile that changes angle to adjust the balance between drag and downforce.
Like most of the Italian company’s catalog, the Aprilia Concept RS660 is a stylish looking thing, and although it’s focused on being a “fun bike” that’s “thrilling for the road,” Aprilia is enjoying the chance to experiment with aerodynamic ideas “unrestricted by any regulations” that might pop up in racing.
Aprilia Concept RS660: a curious combination of road and race-focused features
As such, it’s a bit of an odd combination – the motor, a 660cc parallel twin that basically removes the two rear cylinders from Aprilia’s existing RSV4 and Tuono 1100, is firmly street focused, as are the ergonomics, which feature a large seat, high semi-handlebars and comfy riding position. That collection of traits would make for a neat little streetbike.
On the other hand, the carbon fairings and wickedly racy tail give the impression of a track machine with a lap-time focus. And the idea of having active aerodynamics on board to add downforce when cornering and reduce drag on the straights isn’t something that’ll make much difference at legal road speeds.
In all, the Concept RS660 is probably most notable as our first look at a new platform. That aluminum frame and swingarm, plus the 660cc parallel twin, will form the basis of a new range of streetbikes, presumably including something sporty that doesn’t look too dissimilar to this concept, and a naked machine. Aprilia says it plans to release the upcoming bikes in Europe, Asia and the United States.
Aprilia Concept RS660: on display at EICMA Milan
Aprilia hopes this frame and street-focused motor will open up new markets in Europe, Asia and America
Aprilia Concept RS660: 660cc parallel twin is basically a version of the Tuono 1100 V4 motor with the rear two cylinders lopped off.
Aprilia Concept RS660: looks like a ton of fun to ride
Aprilia Concept RS660: will form the basis of a new class of bikes for Aprilia
Aprilia Concept RS660: active aeros let the front panels move to direct air flow and adjust downforce and drag
Aprilia Concept RS660: a slim and lightweight middleweight sportster