2017 KTM RC16 Officially Debuts

08/13/2016 @ 9:39 am, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

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The Austrian GP might be tomorrow, but today the news is all about MotoGP’s newest entrant, KTM Racing. The Austrian team used its home to debut officially its MotoGP program, showing the KTM RC16 MotoGP race bike in its officially Red Bull livery for next year.

The livery itself is what you would expect between at KTM/Red Bull collaboration, with the same blue and orange paint scheme as can be found on the Red Bull KTM Moto3 squad. The big difference of course is the rumored fire-breathing, 270hp, V4, engine, which Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro will attempt to tame.

At the MotoGP test at Spielberg, the KTM RC16 was two seconds behind the incredible lap times that the Ducati machines were capable of at the Austrian track, which bodes well for the project.

The bike’s next outing will be at Valencia, where Thomas Lüthi and Mika Kallio will ride with the MotoGP-regulars once again, competing as wild card entries.

The best apples-to-apples comparison though might be the subsequent MotoGP test at Valencia, where Smith and Espargaro will get their first rides on the KTM RC16.

So far though, the indications are good. In the meantime, if you’re looking for a new desktop background, these photos are MEGA high-resolution – because we love you.

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  • major tom

    I wonder what all that business is on the right handlebar, the somewhat vertical silver lever and the box screwed to the bottom of the throttle housing? it appears the brake lever adjuster is there too, looks busy….

  • BBQdog

    RC16 demo run tomorrow at 13.15 local time with two bikes (Mika Kallio and Alex Hofmann).
    Hope they broadcast it.

  • Statement Plus

    It looks better in their testing livery IMO. They shouldn’t have shrank the letters of Redbull and KTM. Or the bull. They went with the conservative route for the livery which is odd, as the large over sized letters on the test bike looks really good. If they just kept that design language and added the usual colours I think it would have turned out much better.

    Now it looks like a Redbull F1 team is fielding a MotoGP bike.

  • Kenny

    Well..you can’t say it looks like the Honda anymore

  • n/a

    Needs more orange anodized bolts.

  • Shawn Kitchen

    I’m really eager to see if KTM is successful with a steel trellis frame, given that the last time we saw one in MotoGP was with the Ducati, which Stoner (?) described as having great feel, but never being able to hit the same place on the track twice.

    Pretty chewed-up front right caliper. :)

  • stoichkov8

    thanks 4 the wallpapers/// really good looking bike

  • thepeterha

    why are KTM race bikes always blue/orange when production bikes are always orange/black?

  • MikeD

    LMAO.

  • Gary

    The RC16 just got moved from the “want” column to the “need” column on my balance sheet of life.

  • That could be an expensive development.

  • Gary

    I’m working on that one. ;-)