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KTM unveils exclusive RC 8C track weapon

2022 KTM RC 8C
2022 KTM RC 8C

KTM has taken the covers of its latest track weapon, the RC 8C, with the ultra-limited edition hand built bike limited to just 100 examples. Rolling out of pit lane and directly onto the starting grid, it’s a limited production track-only motorcycle.

Built to satisfy the apex-slaying needs of orange-bleeding track warriors, dedicated to putting in fast lap times with unmatched hyper-focused precision, the KTM RC 8C is undeniably ready to race.

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It is a purpose-built, lightweight racing prototype which uses the familiar LC8c engine from the KTM 890 DUKE R in a bespoke, track-ready chassis, bristling with high-end racing componentry.

In essence, the KTM RC 8C allows customers the opportunity to own a machine that is as close to a Factory race bike as possible – without the drawbacks of needing a specialist race team to maintain it.

Under the lightweight, KTM RC16-inspired carbon Kevlar reinforced GRP bodywork lies a 95kW, 889cc LC8c DOHC 8-valve parallel twin, bolted into a dedicated 25CrMo4 steel tubular frame, augmented by a selection of WP Pro Components at either end.

Upfront, a hand built 43 mm WP APEX PRO 7543 closed cartridge fork made from high quality, lightweight material is used.

Developed with the experience gained from KTM Factory Racing efforts across a number of international championships, the suspension is assembled in the same department which builds and maintains the suspension of the KTM RC16.

This suspension setup guarantees the best performance for race-oriented motorcyclists and professional racers. The fork also boasts zero hydraulic stroke limitation, meaning riders can continually control the damping properties.

A WP APEX PRO 7746 shock with preload adjuster takes charge of matter at the rear, and can be easily adjusted to suit all riders, and almost any situation by means of separate high and low-speed compression and rebound settings.

2022 KTM RC 8C
2022 KTM RC 8C

Being a track-only motorcycle, every detail is dedicated to race craft. From the quick-release tank and body panels, to the lightweight Dymag wheels and Pirelli SC1 race slicks, the KTM RC 8C makes its intentions known.

Maximum braking performance is taken care of by Brembo race-spec equipment, with Brembo Stylema front brake callipers grabbing 290mm fully floating brake disks with aluminium rotors fastened by titanium screws.

At the rear, a Brembo two piston calliper with a 230mm fully floating disk mounted directly on the hub. The KTM RC 8C is also fitted with a Brembo 19RCS CORSA CORTA radial master cylinder, which features a host of innovations.

The most significant of these is the fact rider’s can tailor the bike point exactly where they want it, with an easily accessible selector on the top of the master cylinder itself.

Ensuring data is collected and collated, the KTM RC 8C makes use of the AIM MXS 1.2 RACE dashboard and data logger with integrated GPS function. All information is displayed via a 5.0-inch TFT display with integrated data recording.

The exclusive KTM RC 8C will be available for pre-order from the 22 July at 4pm (CEST), which is midnight, Australian time. Alongside the KTM RC 8C itself, customers also have the opportunity to join the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing test team at a customer event.

Limited to only 25 customers, the exclusive event will give you a once in a lifetime opportunity to ride with the likes of Dani Pedrosa and Mika Kallio, as they give you tips during a full day at Circuito de Jerez.

All those opting for the KTM RC 8C race track experience, will additionally receive the KTM RC 8C race track package. This adds an extra set of Dymag wheels (front and back), extra sets of disc brakes, tyre warmers, KTM race carpet and front and rear paddock stands.

For further information, contact your local KTM dealer.

2022 KTM RC 8C
2022 KTM RC 8C
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Andrew Jenkin is a motoring enthusiast, with a passion for two and four wheels. It's pretty much a given there'll be at least two motorbikes in his garage and he needs no excuses to hit the open road. Andrew grew up reading magazines like Street Machine and Heavy Duty and has a love for all things performance.

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