2020 Aprilia RS660 to enter Malaysia at year-end

2020 Aprilia RS660 to enter Malaysia at year-end

During the special preview of the limited edition Aprilia RSV4 X in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, there was good news for fans awaiting the Malaysia launch of the Aprilia RS660 sports bike. Queried by paultan.org during the question and answer session, Piaggio’s Asia Pacific head of marketing, Nicola Capello, said the RS660 will be launched in Malaysia by the end of 2020.

This middleweight sports bike was launched in EICMA last November and has yet to make its appearance in any market worldwide. However, interest in this sports bike has been high as it signifies Aprilia’s return to this sports motorcycle segment.

Taking design cues from bigger sibling the RSV4 and powered by a 660 cc parallel-twin, the RS660 will produce about 100 hp and weigh only 169 kg, according to Capello. “The RS660 is designed to be a fun bike, for all riders, and we think it will be a hit, especially in Asia,” he said.

Despite some aggressive styling, the RS660 is very much designed to be easy to live with on the road, with clip-on handlebars above the triple clamp centreline and foot pegs that do not fold the riders legs as far back as a pure race bike would. Lightness is also evident in the RS660 with a frame and swingarm made from aluminium alloy.

For suspension, the 41 mm diameter Kayaba upside-down forks are used in front and a monoshock at the rear, all fully-adjustable. Brakes are from Brembo, using four-piston Monobloc callipers clamping 320 mm discs on the front wheel.

2020 Aprilia RS660 to enter Malaysia at year-end

Aside from ride-by-wire, the RS660 also takes its electronics and riding aids suite from the RSV4, as Capello explained. This includes Aprilia Traction Control, Aprilia Wheelie Control, Aprilia Cruise Control, Aprilia Quick Shift (up and down), Aprilia Engine Brake and Cornering ABS.

Five ride modes are available to the rider – three for the street and two for the race track – giving clear intentions that Aprilia wants the RS660 to be a bike at home on street or circuit. In keeping with current motorcycle technology trends, the instrument panel is a full-colour TFT-LCD unit that includes connectivity to the rider’s smartphone.

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Coming with diverse and extensive experience in heavy engineering, Mohan enjoys making anything with wheels go fast, especially motorcycles. His weapon of choice is the Desmoquattro engine, and he has a penchant for anything with a dash of Italian design. Strangely enough, he insists he's a slow rider.



  • the driver on Jan 03, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    Definitely a hit, given the intentband short specs (100hp!) but it hinges on 3 other issues
    1. Price, if it costs anywhere near a Kawa 800 then game over
    2. Service centres availability
    3. Reliability, Aprilia does not have a great reputation

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  • Shazwan on Jan 04, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    Pity we don’t have our MV Augusta to show the world we also can do super bikes. Kasihan Malaysia, bought MV Augusta for Euro 500 million but sold it for 1 Euro

    This is the best business 101

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    • History Bender on Jan 07, 2020 at 12:45 am

      It is ok. Better than selling it and paying the buyer to take it like what Harley Davidson and AMG Mercedes Benz did to MV Augusta. We didn’t have to pay compensation so we untung already.

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  • Apart from being very beautiful, and probably very fun to ride, it is less powerful than any japanese 600’s, and probably more expensive too. i wonder how the market would react to it.

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