With the new Aprilia RS 660 being released and reviewed over the past few weeks, it was only a matter of time until we saw what the Italian manufacturer had in mind for the 2021 RSV4; the most highly regarded motorcycle in their lineup.
The new RS 660 showcased some new body styling that we have not seen the brand incorporates in the past. The new LED headlight assembly, new front end, new body lines; all led us to the puzzling question of “how is this going to translate to the RSV4? Is this a one-off design? Will Aprilia bring any of these design cues to the larger bikes in their lineup?”
The RS 660 is built around – literally – half of the RSV4 engine, taking the V4 configuration and chopping it in half to produce an inline 2 configuration. With such similar DNA, will the exterior of the bikes reflect the internal similarities?
Instagrammer ‘Motomaniaci‘ took some sneaky photos of what looks to be the new 2021 RSV4, and you guessed correctly because it appears like the front end as well as the side fairings share a strong resemblance to its new little brother.
The RSV4 and Tuono have been neglected on the design front for quite some time now, so it’s great to see Aprilia taking the introduction of their new motorcycle to bring some much-needed styling updates to the older models. The upcoming Tuono 660 may set the course for an updated Tuono V4 as well. Only time will tell.
These spy shots are all we have to go off of currently, and we’re going to have to wait for Aprilia to open the hatch on the official details of the new models when the time comes.