KTM RC 8C offers an orange slice of the GP action

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KTM have taken their 'ready to race' motto to a whole new level with the RC 8C – a carbon-kevlar clad racing machine powered by the engine from the 890 Duke R naked.

Developed with Krämer Motorcycles, as well as the KTM Factory Racing team, the RC 8C is designed to be out-of-the-box fast and give amateurs the GP experience, without a pit crew behind you to do all the work.

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Every element has been designed with trackdays and racing in mind, from the quick-release body work to the bespoke crash protection.

A rear view of the KTM RC 8C

At the heart of the bike is the 899cc parallel twin from the 890 Duke R, which puts out 126bhp and 74.5lb.ft of torque. There’s a new air intake for improved throttle response and a custom exhaust (with quiet baffle if needed) but other than that, the motor is stock to make servicing simple.

The engine sits inside a hand built steel frame, itself wrapped in GP-inspired bodywork complete with aerodynamic wings. Chassis components are top-notch including Dymag UP7X forged alloy wheels, Pirelli Diablo Superbike slicks, fully adjustable WP Apex Pro 7543 forks and an Apex Pro 7746 shock. It comes with racing-spec Brembo brakes including the 19RCS Corsa Corta master cylinder that allows riders to tailor their exact bite point, just like on a GP machine.

The bike ships with AIM MXS 1.2 Race electronics that give access to more data than you can imagine – both through the 5in dash and when hooked up to your laptop.

So what’s the price of all this loveliness? We can’t soften this so we’ll just say it: £30,999 plus extra for the 'Race' and 'Trackday' packages, which are TBC. KTM are only making 100 of the new model and if you were hoping to get your hands on one you're probably out of luck as they sold out in just five minutes!


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Jordan Gibbons

By Jordan Gibbons

News Editor, owns some old bikes. Should know better.