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2011 KTM RC8R Superbike First Look

Tuesday, November 2, 2010
The 2011 RC8R chassis features a completely new suspension and damping set-up for the suspension.
The structural architecture of the 1195cc 75-degree Twin is unchanged  including the 105mm bore and 69mm stroke  though changes to the cylinder head result in 175 horsepower and 93.7 lb-ft of torque.
Cylinder head changes to the KTM RC8R Twin churn out more horsepower and torque, for a claimed 175 ponies and 93.7 lb-ft of torque.
KTM brings more power to the table with its 2011 RC8R Superbike. The Austrian marque had previously announced a race-ready version of its Twin-powered superbike, dubbed the 1190 RC8R Track, at the earlier INTERMOT show in Cologne. For Milan, the Orange and Black announces changes to the base RC8R with  horsepower up to a claimed 175.

The structural architecture of the 1195cc 75-degree Twin is unchanged, including the 105mm bore and 69mm stroke. Internal modifications to the four-valve heads feature a “newly developed dual-plug ignition.” Other changes includes a new crankshaft spinning in the crankcase. The mods add up to an impressive 10 horsepower leap over the previous generation RC8R, with 175 horsepower and 93.7 lb-ft of torque (previous version claimed 165 horsepower and 90.7 lb-ft torque).

The chassis features “a completely new suspension and damping set-up” for the suspension. A revision to the rear shock linkage is also touted, along with a wider array of suspension adjustment settings. Other tweaks include a new gear shift linkage and LED running lights.

Visually the RC8R benefits from a stunning new paint scheme. Stay tuned for more technical details as they are made available.

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Turtle -Price  January 12, 2011 02:13 PM
Does antone know how much this will cost in the US?
Jaybond -Superbike Racing  November 8, 2010 06:55 PM
The KTM RC8-R was already a force to be reckoned with in the German IDM Superbike series, but what the heck they are still contemplating to enter WSBK? I thought KTM has already mentioned some years back that they will finally do it in 2011, but as we are already approaching end of 2010, and still no official announcement..
rosso_corsa -love these twins  November 6, 2010 01:28 PM
KTM is well behind the other sportbike companies, huh? I'd bet you couldn't handle half of that 175HP on this bike safely.
R34 -KTM  November 3, 2010 04:53 PM
Wish they would enter WSB already...
Michael -No thanks KTM  November 2, 2010 11:45 PM
KTM is well behind the rest of the serious Superbike companies. They may have nice colors but there is nothing to show against BMW Ducati Kawasaki Honda Aprilia Suzuki Yamaha. They are in par with Benelli, MV Agusta and others, which are only fanfare and colors but no serious juice!
kevin -drool  November 2, 2010 06:31 PM
But don't wreck it! KTM needs to roll this engine out to their other big street bikes.
HokieNinja -Awesome  November 2, 2010 12:35 PM
I'm in love! Thank you KTM, the added power should help it compete with the other liter bikes this year, but you definitely win already in the looks department.
motousa - adam -this bike looks...  November 2, 2010 12:23 PM