Aprilia RS660 Con­cept

Light­weight and 100bhp? Count us in

BIKE (UK) - - NEW BIKES 2019 -

There was no pre-show teas­ing about the RS660 con­cept, and no-one at Aprilia seemed willing to say much about it, but the en­gine’s cast­ings ap­pear real, and the alu­minium twin-spar frame ap­pears to be pro­duc­tion ready. The spec sheet says 660cc and 100bhp and not much else. The rest is as you’d ex­pect, with ride-by-wire elec­tron­ics, in­te­grated aero­dy­nam­ics and a TFT dash. Much of body­work was car­bon fi­bre, and the colour match­ing of wheels, en­gine and fair­ing highlights look great. An at­trac­tive, light­weight 100bhp sports­bike is a tempt­ing propo­si­tion, though whether UK sized peo­ple can ac­tu­ally fit on the bike re­mains to be seen. Ques­tions such as ‘when?’ and ‘how much?’ are met with Ital­ian shrugs. Here’s hop­ing.

En­gine cases look and feel real. Frame is art In a world of crazy sports­bike power gures the 660 makes sense Bike says: ‘An at­trac­tive, light­weight 100bhp sports­bike is tempt­ing’

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