Have we just seen the unveiling of the ultimate track bike? The KTM RC 8C certainly fits the part on paper with its 128hp on tap, 140 kg dry weight (308 lbs), and high-spec components.
Though the exterior is all-new, we have seen much of the KTM RC 8C before, as the bike is really just a rebadge and massaged Kramer GP2 890R track bike, though the Ready to Race folks make no mention of the involvement of their German counterparts.
On the exterior, we can see that the KTM features MotoGP-inspired winglets on the fairing, chin scoop in front of the rear tire, and that the intake is a bit different from the Kramer model, with a different airbox design as well.
Our favorite part of the Kramer bike remains though, with the fuel tank actually being the bike’s plastic tail section, with 4.22 gallons of fuel storage.
The motor is of course the KTM LC8c parallel-twin engine, in its 890cc displacement, with an Akrapovic exhaust added to help the stock KTM motor breathe. All of this is held in a 25CrMo4 steel trellis frame, painted in orange.
Suspension is handled in house, with WP Suspension supplying its 43 mm WP APEX PRO 7543 closed cartridge forks and WP APEX PRO 7746 shock, which is fully adjustable with high-speed and low-speed compression settings.
Brakes are mostly a Brembo affair with dual Brembo Stylema calipers grabbing 290mm discs that are mounted to the forged aluminum Dymag wheels (shod in Pirelli rubber). At the rider’s fingertips is the Brembo 19RCS CORSA CORTA radial master cylinder.
Perhaps our favorite bit of kit is the AIM MXS 1.2 RACE dash, since we are supreme dash nerds. The AIM dash is a full data-logger and has a GPS tracker to math its 5″ TFT display.
Only 100 units will be built, and pricing starts at a steep $38,999 MSRP. For a lucky 25 of those owners, there will be the ability to join KTM’s test team for a private track day at Jerez, including training from Dani Pedrosa and Mika Kallio.
There is also an optional race track kit option, which include extra Dymag wheels (with rotors), paddock stands, tire warmers, and pit mat. Those attending the KTM track day will get the race kit included in their package.
The KTM RC 8C will be available for pre-order at on KTM North America’s website beginning July 22, 2021 at 7AM PDT.
Source: KTM North America