KTM plans to shed its off-road image with an innovative V-twin 170bhp superbike designed to take on the best in WSB or Grand Prix.
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The Austrian company will launch two road bikes using the LC8 engine – with a tuned 170bhp version lined up for a sports bike. And KTM will showcase its change of direction with a race bike in WSB or MotoGP.
The first two models will be the 950 Adventure and the Duke 950. The Adventure is a 104bhp monster trailie due to go on sale this winter for around £8000, and the 120bhp Duke will go on sale,similarly priced, in 2004.
Claus Holweg, KTM’s chief four-stroke engineer, told MCN: " It's all top secret. But if the project did exist and we decided to go WSB racing, then you will hypothetically see it around 2004.
" If our marketing guy choose MotoGP as the place to race then we'll have to use a different engine as a V-twin is not competitive there.
" We are currently looking at using a 990cc V4, which would produce the same power as our rivals – if not more. But unfortunately you would be looking at 2005 or 2006 at the earliest before it ever got on a race track. "
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