KTM have released official pics of the 2011 RC8R superbike, which gets new paint schemes (white/orange and black/orange) and a revised engine that now produces 175 horsepower and 127Nm of torque. The RC8R’s 1,195cc V-twin engine gets a new crank (with different mass distribution, for smoother running), a newly developed dual-plug ignition for improved combustion, lower fuel consumption and reduced emissions.
The 2011 KTM RC8R also gets revised suspension settings for improved performance on the track, as well as enhanced ride comfort. Finally, there’s the new LED daytime running lights, high gloss paint jobs and super-sticky Dunlop SportSmart tyres that complete the package.
Pricing and availability details for the 2011 RC8R to be announced soon. In the meanwhile, in an interesting aside, Indian two-wheeler manufacturer Bajaj Auto have increased their stake in KTM to 38% and are working with KTM to develop new bikes for Asian and European markets.
With no word on ABS and/or traction control, can the KTM RC8R keep up with machines like the S1000RR, RSV4 Factory and ZX-10R...?