Aprilia enthusiasts, mark your calendars for September 7, as the highly anticipated Aprilia RS 440 is about to make its grand entrance. While Aprilia has kept many details under wraps, we’ve gathered some exciting insights into what this small-capacity supersport has in store.
Resembling the RS 660:
The forthcoming Aprilia RS 440 bears a striking resemblance to its larger sibling, the RS 660. Spy photos of a heavily camouflaged unit reveal a mean-looking LED headlight, reminiscent of the RS 660. Even the fairing seems to have been borrowed directly from the 660cc supersport, and considering the sleek design of the RS 660, this represents a promising move.
A Potent Powerplant:
Although it’s still early to confirm, leaked videos suggest that the Aprilia RS 440 will come equipped with a liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine. This engine could possibly derive from the RS 660’s powerplant, delivering an impressive 45 bhp. Such power puts it in contention with formidable rivals like the KTM RC 390 and the Kawasaki Ninja 400.
Cutting-Edge Electronics Package:
Anticipate a comprehensive electronics package in the upcoming Aprilia RS 440, likely including features such as traction control, a quick-shifter, and various riding modes, in addition to the standard dual-channel ABS. Aprilia might even surprise us with a high-tech TFT console to complete the package.
Spy shots have revealed that the Aprilia RS 440 boasts a bolt-on subframe, USD fork, and monoshock to handle suspension duties. Disc brakes at both ends provide reliable stopping power. Interestingly, the teaser image’s silhouette hints at TVS Protorq Extreme tires, adding to its modernity.
A Premium Price Tag:
Considering the array of features and Aprilia’s premium reputation, the RS 440 won’t come cheap. Expect a price range between Rs 4 lakh to Rs 4.5 lakh (ex-showroom). This positions it neatly between the RC 390 (Rs 3.2 lakh) and the Ninja 400 (Rs 5.14 lakh). With any luck, this Italian beauty should grace the streets by the end of this year or in January 2024.
Get ready to witness the grand unveiling of the Aprilia RS 440 on September 7. This supersport promises to deliver a thrilling riding experience, cutting-edge technology, and a design that pays homage to its esteemed RS 660 lineage. Stay tuned for more details as the big day approaches!