The much-awaited KTM RC8 superbike is now getting closer to production, with KTM engineers being in the final stages of fettling and fine-tuning the bike before it hits the streets. The first RC8 prototype was shown back in 2003, so with more than four years of development time, it should sure be one hell of a machine when it finally comes out!
The RC8 project is important for KTM – so much so, that it’s said they put their MotoGP ambitions on hold for this bike. While the RC8 was originally designed around the lightweight, high-performance, 950cc LC8 v-twin, the engine capacity has now been upped to 1190cc. This, of course, is in keeping with 2008 WSBK regulations, which allow twins of up to 1200cc to compete in the series.
In 2008, KTM are likely to go racing in World Superbikes with the racing version of the RC8 – the RC8-R – which will take on the likes of the Ducati 1098R, the BMW HP2 Sport, the new V4-powered Aprilia and of course the entire Japanese contingent.
Like with other KTM bikes, the RC8 will be fitted with a lattice-type tubular steel chassis, aluminium swingarm, WP suspension components, Brembo brakes with radially-mounted calipers and a low-slung exhaust system. For more pics and details, just wait till the EICMA show kicks off in Milan on the 6th of November…!
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