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Could KTM RC 8C sign of more supersports coming from Austria?

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  • Could KTM RC 8C sign of more supersports coming from Austria?

    Just a few days ago, KTM dropped a bombshell on the motorcycling world. The wraps were pulled off of the limited-edition track-only KTM RC 8C and the world went nuts. While the motorcycle is bonkers, it makes one wonder if KTM is testing the waters with this one and if it can be followed up with a roadgoing version.

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    But first, let us talk about the KTM RC 8C. And before that, we have to talk about what is under the skin. The KTM RC 8C is based on the Kramer GP2 890R- the brainchild of Kramer who designed the bike around the 889cc LC8c parallel-twin engine supplied officially by KTM. The GP2 890R also got the WP suspension that all KTMs don proudly.

    So under the fairing that mimics that of KTM RC16 (KTM's MotoGP challenger), we have a Kramer GP2 890R which itself was a motorcycle built around a tuned LC8c engine from KTM. Confusing? It is bound to be. But finally, in the RC 8C avatar, this track maniac is an official KTM which it perhaps should have been from the start.

    Moving on, the KTM RC 8C's tuned 889cc LC8c parallel-twin which now makes 128 bhp of power and 101 Nm of torque. Now the numbers may not look too much as nowadays anything under 200 horses is scoffed at. But one must also consider the fact that this engine sits in a motorcycle that weighs a meagre 140 kg (dry). That is Moto2 levels of power-to-weight ratio!

    Being a track-only motorcycle, the RC 8C gets quite a bit of serious adjustability. The steering head angle, set to 23.3 degrees by default, is adjustable by 1 degree in either direction. You can either get quicker steering by decreasing the angle or more stability by increasing it. The triple clamp also allows the offset to be adjusted to either 26mm or 28mm.

    In addition to those, the pegs, bars, seat height, and rear suspension height are also adjustable. Then we have the generously adjustable 43mm WP Apex Pro 7543 closed-cartridge forks at the front and Apex Pro 7746 shock at the rear. Even the bite point of the Brembo Stylema brakes is adjustable making sure that the motorcycle can be tailored exactly to the riders' requirements. Finally, Dymag wheels and Pirelli Diablo slicks complete the package.

    On the KTM RC 8C, you get an AIM race dashboard with a 5" TFT display and GPS-based datalogging. Lap times, throttle position, acceleration and a plethora of other information can be accessed and analysed. While an up/down quickshifter seems like a 'standard accessory' on this motorcycle you even get a rain light if you want to continue your track session while being lashed by the rain.

    As mentioned earlier, it is a limited-edition motorcycle and only 100 will be made. Another predictable fact is that it isn't cheap. $38,999 translates to nearly INR 30 lakhs when converted directly is the price you have to pay... if you are one of the 100 lucky ones that is.

    Oh hey, for some extra money, you can be one of the 25 customers who will take delivery of their bikes at KTM’s MotoGP test at Jerez from October 7-9, where you’ll get to ride alongside GP test riders Dani Pedrosa and Mika Kallio, who’ll provide riding tips. Those buyers will also get front and rear paddock stands, an extra set of Dymag wheels with rain tires, spare brake discs, plus a set of tire warmers, as well as hospitality and a hotel for the three days of the test.

    Anyway, this is a curious motorcycle for reasons more than one. Despite being a track-only motorcycle based on an already existing racer by Kramer, it points to the wheels that may be turning at KTM. After the discontinuation of the RC8, RC 390 is the largest supersport in KTM's lineup. With the 890 Duke and 1290 Super Duke R, KTM surely has a solid base to make a solid supersport.

    A new KTM RC 390, the RC 8C, and KTM's recent success in MotoGP could very well serve as catalysts to KTM coming back to the high-capacity supersport market. If you really think about it, it is not such an outrageous thought. Anyway, fingers crossed.

    Last edited by NewsReaper; 07-24-2021, 10:48 AM.