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2023 KTM RC 8C monitor bike unveiled | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

Manufacturing of 2023 KTM RC 8C restricted to 200 items; updates to engine make it extra highly effective and sturdy.

KTM has launched the 2023 RC 8C track-only motorbike in worldwide markets, and there are solely 200 items up for grabs. For the uninitiated, KTM first launched the RC 8C in 2021 and the 100 items accessible then had been booked in 5 minutes. The 2023 model of the KTM RC 8C encompasses a raft of updates, that are mentioned to make it an much more potent monitor machine.

2023 KTM RC 8C: what’s new?

To start with, the 889cc parallel-twin engine has acquired a bunch of updates that make it not solely extra highly effective but in addition sturdy. The modifications embrace bigger throttle our bodies, titanium consumption and exhaust valves in addition to connecting rods. The pistons have a two-ring design and the compression ratio and gas strain sees a bump. KTM has additionally slapped on a brand new Akrapovic exhaust, leading to a 7hp bump in energy; the determine now stands as 135hp at 11,000rpm. The height torque, nonetheless, stays the identical, 98Nm at 8,250rpm.

Along with the rise in energy, KTM has additionally labored on bettering the engine’s sturdiness. The higher balancer within the cylinder head has been eliminated and the crankcase-balancer shaft has been adjusted. A brand new oil-cooler has been added for higher thermal administration.

KTM has additionally revised the WP Apex Professional suspension on the bike, and the bottom setting is now softer than earlier than, making the journey extra comfy over bumpy sections of a racetrack. 

The bike’s digital cockpit encompasses a GPS information logger whereas the KTM RC16-derived switches on the handlebar are used to toggle via the menu. There’s a quickshifter as effectively, with GP-style reverse shift sample.

As for the bodywork, whereas they’re the identical, aggressively styled panels, replete with the wing that’s all harking back to the KTM MotoGP machine, the orange paint has been changed by a brand new satin black shade. 

2023 KTM RC 8C: The monitor particular

Other than the above talked about modifications, the remainder of the bike is just about the identical. Beneath the bodywork is the Chromoly steel-trellis body that’s sourced from Kramer, an organization based by ex-KTM engineers. The bike rides on Dymag cast wheels, shod with Pirelli SC-1 slicks, and braking duties are taken care of by Brembo Stylema callipers. The Brembo 19RCS Corsa Corta grasp cylinder controls the aggression of the brake response, enabling the rider to regulate the way in which the bike slows down. Talking of changes, the clip-on handlebars are span- and height-adjustable, whereas the foot pegs’ place may be adjusted as effectively. 

The opposite perks of shopping for this track-only machine is a particular monitor day at Valencia in 2023. On a first-come-first-serve foundation, 30 prospects out of the 200 can expertise their RC 8C on the monitor underneath the steerage of ex-GP racers. A particular workforce of engineers from KTM and WP suspension might be current to assist prospects arrange their bikes to benefit from the monitor day. 

2023 KTM RC 8C: Value and India launch

The monitor solely KTM RC 8C has been priced at a whopping GBP 34,999 (round Rs 33.22 lakh). The bike is, nonetheless, unlikely to make it to India, contemplating that the 2021 mannequin didn’t make it right here both and that there was no official communication from the corporate relating to the identical.


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