New KTM RC8C has raised our hopes for a road-legal mid-capacity supersport from the Austrian in the near future…
New Update – The supersport was sold out within four minutes and thirty two seconds. It is not known if KTM will make more of these or not!
Although KTM pulled the plug on its top supersport RC8 a few years ago, the super RC is now back to life with a fresh design and moniker. It’s the all-new KTM RC8C we are talking about.
The only catch is this new RC8C is not road legal. That automatically implies that this superbike is only allowed to sprint across the racing tracks only. Adding to the twist, this will be a limited edition superbike and only 100 units of this machine will be produced. The RC8C is priced at $38,999 which is close to 29 Lakh in INR.
The design uses components keeping in mind the track orientation of the RC8C. The bike gets a steel tubular frame, ultra-light aluminum wheel, dedicated airbox, and racing air filter.
The styling takes its inspiration from the Red Bull KTM and Tech 3 KTM MotoGP teams. That’s why the new RC8C packs 140 kg dry weight (that’s almost equal to RC125!) along with a carbon Kevlar-reinforced GRP body.
If we compare the weight of the new RC8C with the naked 890 Duke R, the former is only 27 kg lighter.
On the other hand, the limited edition KTM RC8C features the same parallel-twin motor as the 890 Duke R. The RC8C has an octa-valve, liquid-cooled 889cc engine at its heart delivering 128hp of output.
Being track machine, the RC8C comes equipped with an Akrapovič exhaust system right from the factory. For braking duties, it deploys Brembo Stylema calipers and Brembo 19RCS Corsa Corta radial master cylinder. These are all MotoGP-grade peripherals.
KTM RC8C – How To Preorder & Customer Perks
The pre-order process of the new KTM RC8C has started from yesterday ie 22nd July at 4 PM CEST (7:30 PM IST).
25 lucky RC8C owners will have the chance to attend the Red Bull KTM Factory racing test which will be held at the Circuito de Jerez in Spain.
Further, those customers who will opt for race track experience will have the chance to ride alongside MotoGP top gun Dani Pedrosa and KTM test rider Mika Kallio.
Along with track experience, the riders will also get extra Dymag wheels, a paddock stand, a set of brake discs, tire warmers, and a KTM race carpet. Does that mean we are getting a commercial, road-legal version soon…?