With its 180bhp V-twin, adjustable chassis and suspension and stripped-out, lightweight raciness, the 2011 KTM 1190 RC8R Track really is ready to race...
It isn’t street legal, but the stripped-out, hopped-up KTM 1190 RC8R Track sure makes us wish it was. With sharp, angular styling, the RC8 sure looks good but the first superbike from Austria hasn’t really been able to keep up with its competition from Germany, Italy and Japan.
Now, while KTM aren’t really doing anything much about taking the RC8 to a level where it can compete with the likes of the S1000RR, RSV4 Factory or the 2011 ZX-10R, they’re making it easier for punters to go racing with this bike. The RC8R Track, which doesn’t come with headlamps, turn-indicators and other street paraphernalia, gets a new white/orange paintjob, Akrapovic EVO 4 exhaust, new fuel-injection mapping, Dunlop slicks, Brembo monobloc brake callipers, uprated WP suspension components with more adjustability and adjustable subframe, handlebars and footpegs. Oh, and to remind you that this is the racing-only version, it also has a thinner seat.
The KTM 1190 RC8R Track was unveiled recently at the INTERMOT motorcycle show in Cologne, in Germany, by KTM factory racers Martin Bauer and Stefan Nebel, who won the Manufacturers Title in the German Superbike championship (IDM) this year, on their 1190 RC8R machines. For aspiring racers who want a ready-to-race 180bhp V-twin-engined superbike, the RC8R Track could represent good value at about €17,000.
Of course, KTM haven’t forgotten street riders – the V-twin-engined RC8R superbike is back for 2011, with a few mods and new white/orange and black/orange paint schemes (see pics below). Packing 175 horsepower, the 2011 RC8R is no slouch and can roll with the best that Europe and Japan have to offer. Compared with the newer, faster and more high-tech Aprilia RSV4 Factory and BMW S1000RR, the KTM is now beginning to look a bit old, but for fans of the Austrian motorcycle marquee, the RC8R’s style and handling prowess should still be compelling enough reasons to warrant a visit to their nearest KTM showroom.