With KTM expected to join the Moto GP grid in 2017, the manufacturer’s challenger RC16 has been spotted testing for the first time by the folks at Moto.it.
While most KTMs are single cylinders, their litre class siblings use a 75 degree V-twin. However, the RC16 will be using a V4 setup. The bike here can be seen with their signature steel trellis frame. The front suspension also reveals that they will be using WP units, their own subsidiary!
Keeping in line with 2017 MotoGP rules, the RC 16 flaunts 17 inch wheels and carbon brake discs. The Red Bull stickers also give a hint that the two brands might be collaborating in the Moto GP championship as well after several successful seasons at Moto 3.
The bike also sports Akropovic exhausts however the setup is strangely interesting. It has two mufflers, one under the seat and the other near the swingarm. We are yet to learn how that adds up to performance…
RC16 is expected to be sold as a track only version, however, a regular road-going version, possibly in a detuned state minus a lot of race-spec gadgetry is also expected to make way sometime later.
Now, there has been a report in the past citing KTM’s head Stephan Pierer, who has reportedly said that the RC8, current flagship, will be discontinued after the RC16 makes way (read it here). But for some reason, the design of the new Moto GP bike is not droolworthy….