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2012 KTM 450 XC-W Shootout Photo Gallery

See how the KTM 450 XC-W stands up to three other Enduro bikes in the 2012 450 Enduro Shootout. Read more in the 2012 KTM 450 XC-W Shootout.

Slideshow
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This year the Austrian team opted for an entirely new engine configuration. The single overhead cam mill gets a new cylinder head, inlet, exhaust port and combustion chamber.
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The XC-W is loaded with top components like wheels and brakes.
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With a very palatable 91 decibels from the stock exhaust, the XC-W is nearly the quietest.
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2012 450 Enduro Horsepower
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The Austrians decided to stick with the PDS shock for this model.
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From our perspective, the XC-W definitely doesn’t feel choked up or detuned. It’s the gnarliest out of the box and lives up to its Ready to Race slogan.
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Pretty much everyone agreed that the bars are a high priority target for aftermarket replacement. It’s a high quality aluminum bar with awesome Renthal hand grips, but the shape of it was unacceptable for even our shortest men.
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Most testers were happy with the suspension performance on bump absorption, but the PDS (no-link) chassis doesn’t feel at home on high-speed desert terrain.
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Some testers consider the binding from its dual-piston caliper, 260mm front rotor and single-piston, 220mm rear disc, too abrupt.
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2012 450 Enduro Torque
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The new engine makes mincemeat of its competition.
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2012 KTM 450 XC-W Dyno Chart
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At 261 pounds the KTM is lightest by a considerable margin.
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Technical terrain with embedded rocks is where
the XC-W shines.
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Massive horsepower and torque, light weight and extra fuel capacity let the KTM stack up very well on paper
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KTM peaks at 8400 rpm but maximizes torque output (31.78 lb-ft) at 7200 revs.
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Our testers couldn’t fault the new SOHC powerplant, but handling woes make this bike one of our least favorite to ride under the given conditions.
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The desert doesn't feel like the XC-W's home environment. This
bike is probably better than it seemed and it still came within
two points of winning the shootout.