While the KTM RC8 R will be taking over the price point of the now defunct RC8 for 2011, the track-only 2011 KTM 1190 RC8 R Race Spec will in-turn take over the RC8 R’s role as the top-spec “ready to race” machine in the Austrian company’s line-up. Debuting at Intermot, details were scarce about the RC8 R Race Spec (called the RC8 R Track at the time), but we knew it would come sans headlights, turn signals, license plate holders, and anything remotely resembling sanity in a street bike.
Officially announcing the KTM RC8 R Race Spec for the American market, we see that this track weapon comes with a bevy of extra items to help justify its nearly $20,000 price tag. Assembled at KTM Factory Racing Department, the RC8 R Race Spec comes with a Akrapovic Evo 4 titanium exhaust, slipper clutch, quick shifter, and upgraded suspension among other track-oriented goodies.
Along with a thinner headgasket, race air filter, and reprogrammed ECU, the 2011 KTM 1190 RC8 R Race Spec is good for 180hp and 97.4 lbs•ft of torque, which should be more than enough grunt to haul the 405 lbs (without fuel) bike down your favorite track, and embarrass the inline-four rider of your choosing. KTM has tapped its in-house suspension team at White Power to equip the RC8 R Race Spec with its WP 4618 race shock, while setting up the front forks for track use out of the box. Wheels are forged Marchesini aluminum hoops, with rubber being provided by Dunlop.
You can have the 2011 KTM RC8 R Race Spec in any color you want, as long as its white with orange accents. Availability will begin in March 2011.