Since the disappearance of the RC8 and the rise of KTM in MotoGP, the Austrians have now come up with the bike we’ve been eagerly awaiting for a while: here’s the RC 8C.
Before you, like us, check your bank balance and run to the KTM dealer, hold your horses. We are dealing with a rather exclusive gentleman here. First of all, this RC8 has absolutely nothing to do with the RC8 as we knew it. It’s not a 1,000cc (+) production V-twin superbike, but an extremely exclusive racing machine based on the parallel twin of the 890 Duke R. For the record, only 100 of these are made and if you’re quick enough (22 July at 4 pm go the counters open), keep in mind that you have to pay 35,500 euros.
Well, the C stands for Competition, which makes the natural habitat of this RC 8C immediately clear: The Circuit. Nothing more, nothing less. The 889cc parallel twin is good for 128 hp, is tuned for a slightly better acceleration and hangs in a specially manufactured CrMo steel tube frame. That looks to die for and knowing KTM it will ride that way. No expense has been spared in any case, as evidenced by the WP Apex Pro front fork (closed cartridge), WP Apex Pro rear shock absorber, Pirelli SC1 slicks, light Dymag wheels, carbon fairing (with quick releases), Brembo Stylema brake calipers, Akrapovic titanium racing system and an AIM racing dashboard that includes a built-in data logger. Now secretly hope that after kicking off with the spectacular RC 8C, KTM will also come up with a ‘normal’ RC8, for mortals like us…
Overview 2021 KTM RC 8C
- 100 pieces worldwide
- Hand-built and exclusively for track use
- 128 hp
- 140 kg dry weight
- Special racing exhaust with titanium Akrapovič muffler
- Special air box and racing air filter
- Customized 25CrMo4 Steel Tubular Frame
- WP APEX PRO shock absorbers front and rear
- Brake parts from Brembo racing collection
- Ultra-light aluminum Dymag wheels
Incidentally, those who buy an RC 8C can also opt for the ‘one-time customer event’ with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing test team, an exclusive track event at the Jerez circuit that is limited to 25 participants. Also present: Dani Pedrosa and Mika Kallio, who will assist you with tips & tricks. Participants also receive a Track Pack for their RC 8C on top: an extra set of Dymag rims, tire warmers, extra set of front and rear brake discs, and a racing carpet – just a matter of parking your bike in the pit box in style.
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