2011 KTM 1190 RC8 R Leaks Ahead of EICMA

10/29/2010 @ 1:49 pm, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

According to the folks at Hell for Leather, KTM is not only updating the 2011 KTM 1190 RC8 R with a bevy of eye-catching color schemes (see the drool-worthy gallery after the jump), but has also taken it upon itself to upgrade the Austrian bullet with an additional 7hp or so, bringing the RC8 R’s final total up to 175hp (torque gets a modest increase of 1.5 lbs•ft, totaling in at 93.6 lbs•ft).

Installing a new crankshaft, heavier flywheel, and dual-plug ignition, KTM hopes that the new 2011 KTM 1190 RC8 R will not only be more powerful than its predecessor, but also smoother and easier to ride. We found the 2010 KTM 1190 RC8 R to be one of the best bikes we’ve ever ridden on the track (we are partial to v-twins though), so the idea that the 2011 KTM 1190 RC8 R will build upon an already exceptional package tickles our fancy quite a bit.

Also new for the KTM RC8 R in 2011 is a refined color scheme that uses KTM’s famous orange kit as more of a highlight than dominate color. Basing the bike in either matte black or shiny white finishes, the 2011 KTM RC8 R might be the best looking RC8 to hit the streets yet. But if you’re looking for a real track weapon, may we suggest the 2011 KTM RC8 R Track, which has 180hp in total, and none of the lights, signals, emission concerns of the street-going version. It’s also rumored to be priced cheaper than the 2011 KTM RC8 R too.

Source: HFL

  • Ducracerx

    I think you meant lighter flywheels NOT heavier.

  • http://www.asphaltandrubber.com Jensen Beeler

    Nope, according to the boys at HFL, it’s a heavier flywheel.

    The idea being that the KTM RC8 R has so much power, that it can come on too choppy, which isn’t a great thing when you’re adjusting the throttle while leaned over.

  • keith

    the new color scheme makes me think GO GIANTS

  • http://www.edgeonmotorcycling.com kevin

    Orange and Black. Is that a Harley??

  • Jake Fox

    “We are partial to V-twins.” Is that the Royal “We”?

  • Will

    It’s still ugly.

  • joe

    Does KTM actually have a factory road race program?

  • http://www.asphaltandrubber.com Jenny Gun

    Yes, I believe they are fielding two bikes in the German Superbike series (IDM) for 2011, and have been campaigning the RC8 there for a couple seasons now.

  • MikeD

    Orange+White+RC8R=Hotness , i love the Hard Lines and Sharp Edges KTM uses. It looks like a F-117 Stealth Fighter.

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  • duke

    i’ll have one of each please

  • Morpheous

    That’s an ugly tail section, looks like some streetfighter assimilation. Also there is some questionable photshopping going on. Look closely at the exhaust exit tip in the first rear view pic(black model), then the other three. The first looks like a much bigger opening? The rest look like the tip from the Duke 690.