KTM RC8, KTM RC8 preview, KTM RC8 specs

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KTM RC8: Preview

With decades of experience in the fast lane, KTM entered the streetbike category with an array of sporting and touring machines. The company has several championships including the Dakar that proves their great technical expertise.

Found back in 1934, Kraftfahrzeuge Trunkenpolz Mattighofen (KTM) entered the Indian market with the Duke 200 streetbike in collaboration with Bajaj Auto. Having a racing heritage, the KTM motorcycles deliver best in class power-to-weight ratio. Even the Duke 200 pumps out as much as 25 bhp max power with a 200 cc engine, while the Honda CBR 250R gives 1 bhp more in excess of the 50 cubic displacements.

A motorcycle with the same racing heart but a difference is expected in India by June 2012. KTM entered the IDM German Championship with the RC8 superbike in 2009, and the factory rider Stefen Nebel won the title. The RC8 is powered by a 1148 cc V-twin engine and marks the debut of Austrian motorcycle manufacturer in Superbike category.

KTM launched the Super Duke 990 and RC8 990 at the Intermot event in Munich. Having run successfully on the tracks, the motorcycle was ready to make it into production.

The RC8 has styles and features that makes the Japs and Italians appear like feminine machines. It has sharp aerodynamic curves and bold graphics that makes the Austrian look fast even when its standing. With a humongous architecture and racing dynamics, the RC8 creates sensation on the go.

Frankly, the chiseled design and stealth appeal, makes us wonder if it belongs to the current era.

Being the first superbike design of KTM, the RC8 is different from previously seen KTMs. It has a steel trellis frame with cast aluminum seat subframe, giving the RC8 more stability and lower Center of Gravity.

On the front, 43 mm high-end inverted forks take the impact from the ground, while double-sided swingarm manufactured by WP carry the load on the rear.

It sports a windshield on the front, that is high enough to protect against wind and narrow enough to reduce the drag.

In addition, the RC8 provides full adjustability of footpeg and handlebar controls. The rider can adjust the rear ride height for better control on track or off it. With the subframe at top end and footpegs down low, the Austrian superbike gives more legroom than any other superbike in its class.

In fact, the list of items you can play with in the RC8 just go on. There is adjustable brake lever, clutch lever, handlebars, seat, footpegs, gear shifter, brake pedal and rear ride height. Another feature that is seen on most modern-day motorcycles is the separate gauges for street or track mode.

With a shift on the left clip-on, you can tweak with tripmeters, clock, fuel mileage, miles to empty, trip time and ambient temperature. The track setting has displays for lap timers, top speed, max rpm and race duration.


KTM RC8 is powered by a liquid cooled, 1148 cc V-twin engine, manufactured by Austrian engine manufacturer, Rotax. The 75-degree cylinder angle gives the RC8 one of the most compact designs. It gives the Austrian superbike an exploding 155 bhp power at 10,250 rpm. The race spec R version gets extra 15 horses at the same rev range.


KTM claims the peak torque to be 90.7 ft-lbs at 8000 rpm. Mated to the V-twin engine is a 6-speed manual gearbox with one-down, five-up configuration.

Throttle is just waiting to be opened, displaying negligible flywheel effect as the rev pointer moves up and down on the dial. For perfect shifting, the cluster is provided with optimum light shifter, which activates at peak rpm. To make the RC8 more powerful for racetracks, the Austrian company sported stiffer clutch springs that add to extra 5 horses.

However, its engine is not as refined as the Japs and Italians and oft you will find the front wheels leaving the ground. There is surging at low revs and higher rpm gives abrupt boost.

Adding to the racing dynamics of the RC8 are the top-end suspensions. Developed by KTM’s subsidiary WP, the race like suspension gets road ready with just minor tweaks.

The ride is aggressive and is very distinct from any other superbike. Its enormous power and quick maneuverability does not make it uncomfortable or unstable. KTM RC8 can flatter riders of all kind.


Price: Rs 16 lacs Displacement: 1195.00 cc Engine type: V2, four-stroke Engine details: Otto motor, 75° V arrangement Power: 177.00 hp  @ 4000 RPM Torque: 123.00 Nm @ 8000 RPM Compression: 13.5:1 Bore x stroke: 105.0 x 69.0 mm Fuel system: Injection. Keihin Ignition: Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment Lubrication system: Dry-sump lubrication with 3 rotor pumps Cooling system: Liquid Transmission: 6-speed manual, final drive: Chain Clutch: Wet multi-disc clutch / hydraulically operated Driveline: 17:37.

Primary drive: 40:76. 5/8 x 1/4” (520) X and ‑Ring chain. Frame type: Tubular space frame made from chrome molybdenum steel, powder-coated Front suspension: WP Suspension Up Side Down 4354 Front suspension travel: 120 mm Rear suspension: WP Suspension 4618 DACC Rear suspension travel: 120 mm (4.7 inches) Front tyre dimensions: 120/70-17 Rear tyre dimensions: 190/55-17 Front brakes: Double disc.

Radially mounted four-piston brake calipers; floating brake discs Front brakes diameter: 320 mm Rear brakes: Single disc. Two piston, fixed caliper Rear brakes diameter: 220 mm Dry weight: 173.0 kg Power/weight ratio: 1.0231 hp/kg Seat height: 845 mm (If adjustable, lowest setting). Ground clearance: 110 mm Wheelbase: 1,425 mm Starter: Electric Color options: White/orange

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