The ultimate track bike? KTM will sell you an RC16

1y ago

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If your a die-hard fan of KTM, you may be disappointed by the fact their RC8-R has been somewhat abandoned of late.

KTM released a bizarre statement in 2015 announcing they were to discontinue their top-level sportsbike as it was too dangerous for public roads. This was at odds with their SuperDuke 1290 which actually produced more horsepower.

Since then, if you wanted a big, fast European twin you'd be left with Ducati (and even they've stopped making the big two pot)

KTM has planned to release a limited-edition track bike based on their latest MotoGP bike. KTM boss Stefan Pierer said:

We want to build at least 100 pieces and also offer this product at a very affordable price. We want to be as close to the MotoGP bikes as possible. 270 hp will of course not be, but with 240 hp one must count reliably."

Stefan pierer - ktm ceo

Their V4 engine will need to be reigned in to a more reasonable 240 horsepower for reliability and longevity reasons. It will go head-to-head with Ducati's 1299 Superleggera and BMW's track-only HP4 race and KTM hopes to keep the price "affordable" at between €100,000-€120,000.

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  • I'm still wondering why they're not building something like an RC690 or RC990 since there's a lack of sport motorcycles with a power range betw. 100 and 150 hp. The engines are there, so why not build it?

    If you want to have a brand new sports bike, nowadays you have to decide between the small A2 friendly 45 hp bicycles or the mind blowing 200+ hp liter bikes, which isn't reasnable at all.

    1 year ago

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