Friday, November 09, 2007

2008 KTM 1190 RC8: Ready to Rumble!

Yes! More of this please...

Pics: Motoblog

The much-awaited KTM 1190 RC8 is being shown at the EICMA show in Milan, and we think the Austrian superbike absolutely rocks! ‘The KTM 1190 RC8 embodies the ultimate desire of the entire company to create unique, technologically high performance sports motorcycles, whose effect is felt through the entire body long after the rider has climbed down from the machine,’ says a KTM press release, and the 1190 RC8 should indeed fit the bill.

While the prototype on which the RC8 is based was first shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2003, KTM only decided to put the bike into production in 2005. And in just 30 months, the 1190 RC8 is ready. The bike has been fitted with KTM’s second-generation 1148cc, 8-valve, DOHC, 75-degree ‘LC8’ V-twin, which makes an impressive 155 horsepower and 120Nm of torque. With the bike weighing in at less than 200 kilos, the power figures should make for some interesting performance numbers…

Mated to a six-speed gearbox, the RC8’s engine features Keihin’s electronic fuel injection, and an advanced CAN (Controller Area Network) bus system, which allows the KTM engine to directly communicate with the bike’s digital instrument unit. The chassis – light and stiff – is a chrome-molybdenum tubular steel unit. The swingarm is made of anodized cast and sheet metal, and high-spec WP suspension components are used – 43mm multi-adjustable USD forks at front, and a multi-adjustable rear shock that also features independent high- and low-speed compression damping adjustments.

With 155bhp and kerb weight of less than 200kg, the 1190 RC8 should indeed be fun!

Ergonomics are said to have been optimized for the street as well as the racing circuit, and a lot of adjustability has been built into the bike in this regard, so individual riders can make the bike adapt to their needs. Ride-height, handlebars, seat, footpegs and all operating levers are adjustable, and we think this is definitely a step in the right direction!

Brakes are Brembo units, with radially-mounted four-piston monoblock calipers gripping twin 320mm discs at the front. 17-inch alloy wheels are used, and tyre sizes are 120/70 at the front and 190/55 at the back. An Akrapovic racing exhaust, carbonfibre wheels and fairing parts and many other bits are available as optional extras for the 1190 RC8.

Yes, we’re deeply impressed and we can’t wait to see how the RC8 performs when pitted against Japanese, German and Italian litre-class superbikes. In the meanwhile, you may want to visit the official KTM RC8 website for details on pricing and availability.

A video of the amazing RC8 in action...

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2008 Aprilia SMV750 Dorsoduro, and the amazing FV2 concept!
First pics and specs: Fireblade-powered Honda CB1000R
Unleashed: The mighty Ducati 1098R!
Get ready for the Moto Guzzi Stelvio...

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