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Aprilia RS660 Expected For March 2021 NZ Release

Updated: Oct 14, 2020

Aprilia has revealed the final details of the hotly anticipated RS660, with the local delivery now expected for March 2021.

While we had hoped we would be seeing the Aprilia RS660 in New Zealand in the next couple of months, the bike’s NZ distributor has confirmed we should now expect to see the hot new middleweight in March thanks to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Company spokesman, Michael Beckhaus, told official production is yet to start on the parallel twin Aprilia, but we can still expect to be amongst the first markets in the world to receive the RS660.

“Production starts in January 2021 for the RS, meaning we should land them in March, he said.

“At this point we don’t have any confirmed pricing, but we still expect an RRP of somewhere around $20k.”

With the indicated Australian price recently announced as $18,500-$19,000 that rough estimate for the NZ price seems to put the twin-cylinder Italian up against the Japanese 4-cylinders supersports.

If so, that is a tremendous value for money considering the pedigree and tech behind the RS660.

Based around an all-new chassis with a new parallel-twin engine developed from Aprilia’s V4 superbike engine, the RS660 puts down a claimed 100hp and 67Nm of peak power while tipping the scales at just 183kg.

An electronic tech-fest, the RS660 features all the trimmings we’ve come to expect from Aprilia’s flagship models including a quickshifter, APRC, TFT display, multiple rider models and more.

Styling of the new RS makes clear the RSV4 DNA used throughout development, with the RS660 set to be offered in three colour schemes; Apex Black, Lava Red, and the hot new Acid Gold.

While delivery is even further off, Beckhaus also mentioned we should also see the Tuono version of the RS660 arrive in 2021 as well, however he could not give us specifics as to time frame or pricing at the time of writing.


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