Aprilia has a reputation for building some of the best and fastest sports bikes. Like most of its competitors, the company is always on the lookout for new technologies that would allow it to build even better bikes.
The Italian company is now looking to enter India’s most highly populated market – that of small-capacity motorcycles.
Now Aprilia is ready to challenge various other manufacturers, grabbing a share of the ‘entry-level’ segment motorcycle pie.
Source : Autocar India
Italian major Aprilia has been building a name for itself in the 450cc segment of motorcycles. Now, it’s all set to introduce an ‘entry-level’ model to take on the KTM RC 390 and Kawasaki Ninja 400.
Aprilia has been among the brands that have found themselves limited by the strict norms of BSIV.
The company, which has already brought in the new-gen RSV4 to India a few months back, will be looking to boost the market size in the entry-level segment with their new offering – Aprilia RS440.
The upcoming Aprilia RS440, expected to be launched sometime next year, is the company’s first-ever entry-level model, which will compete in the highly competitive 400 + cc category.
The brand has recently tested the new bike with the RS440 expected to commence production in 2024.
Word on the street (okay, on the Internet) is that Aprilia is testing a new sportbike in India, which looks similar to RS660. Based on the already existing 660cc platform, this 440cc platform will be a formidable competitor to any manufacturer that chooses to enter the segment.
Mainly because the company already has experience developing competitive parallel-twin engines.
The first spy picture of the motorcycle started doing the rounds on social media. However, news of its arrival was confirmed recently.
Aprilia RS440 will compete against the KTM RC 390 and the Kawasaki Ninja 400. It will get the have engine, a 440 cc unit producing likely about 44 BHP.
In addition, the ‘spy shot’ photo also reveals the ‘underbelly’ exhaust. Interestingly, the overall design of the Aprilia RS440 looks similar to the RS660, including the ‘swingarm’.a
To minimize the cost, we see a single disc brake instead of a twin on the RS660. But then it also has premium components like the USD forks.