Amidst all the action at EICMA, Aprilia quietly pulled the wraps off its new racier version of the RS 660. Dubbed the ‘Aprilia RS 660 Extrema,’ the sportier and more aggressive version of the RS 600 sheds 3kg from its mass and gets more carbon-fibre elements.
Designed as a more track-focused motorcycle, the Extrema sheds its passenger seat and gains Moto GP-inspired winglets, which help with not only creating more downforce but also in taking the engine heat away from the rider. Apart from that, the bike looks mostly the same as the standard unit with the notable exceptions being the new carbon-fibre front fender and a belly pan, along with a new side-sling SC-Project exhaust system with carbon-fibre end cans.
For more track-intensive use, Aprilia has also packed the Extrema with PRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) package, which comes with traction control, wheelie control, engine brake control, and cruise control along with five power maps. The Extrema also gets a software patch which enables a GP-style shift pattern (one up and five down), without any mechanical change.
Powering the motorcycle is the same 660cc parallel-twin engine, with a 270-degree firing order. It makes 101.4PS of power, mated to a 6-speed unit with a bi-directional quick shifter. Mechanicals here consists of a twin-spar aluminium frame, suspended upon 41mm Kayaba-sourced USD forks at the front and a mono-shock unit at the back. Braking hardware consists of 320mm Brembo M4.32 callipers. As mentioned earlier, the Extrema tips the scale at 166kg, down by 3kg as compared to the standard model.
Aprilia is yet to announce the pricing of the RS 660 Extrema, but we expect it to cost a couple of lakh more than the standard models, considering the carbon-fibre elements used here. As far as its India debut is concerned we have our doubts. However, let’s just keep our fingers crossed for now.