Thursday, October 18, 2007

KTM RC8 in final stages of development

The KTM RC8 is coming. Get ready for the ride of your life!

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…!

Also see:
Aprilia working on 200bhp, V4-powered superbike for 2008...!
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Motorcycling has a HOT new ambassadress!
Ducati getting ready with 1098 F08 WSBK racer...
2007 MotoGP race reports, features, interviews and hi-res wallpaper!
KTM 125cc GP racer vs Suzuki GSX-R1000...
2008 KTM 690 sportsbike range revealed!

World Superbikes: Suzuki are not renewing their contract with Max Biaggi for 2008. The erstwhile 'Roman Emperor' may move back to MotoGP instead, with the Gresini Honda team!

The Doctor, meanwhile, is all set to move from Michelin to Bridgestone for the 2008 MotoGP season. More MotoGP news, features, racer interviews and hi-res wallpaper here!


Anonymous said...

holy crap! this bike will kick arse. the japs have trouble coming their way and that too from austria! who would have thought it possible? :-D

the_nemesis said...

KTM bikes are f***ing WILD and the RC8 seems no different. I can see fireblade and r1 owners quaking in their boots, hah!

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