KTM is planning a track-only customer version of its RC16 MotoGP prototype racer.
Come 2017, KTM will be racing full time in the premier class of MotoGP. While the race motorcycles are being pounded around different racetracks for a final shakedown, KTM is already planning to launch a “customer version” of the motorcycle. What that means is that the Austrian manufacturer will be making a one-off race replica of its 1,000cc V4 R16 prototype.
In a recent interview, KTM’s chairman, Stefan Pierer, has confirmed that they are looking at making around atleast 100 units of the race replica motorcycle that will be sold to customers around the world. Of course, it will only be a track-only tool offering similar performance levels as of the MotoGP machine. That said, KTM will make a few modifications to the motorcycle's powertrain, which means it will be slightly de-tuned for relatively less skilled riders than the professional racers. The racing motorcycle is said to develop around 270bhp, so the customer version should produce around 240bhp.
Another point that KTM chief is hard pressed on is that the KTM one-off special is going to be a relatively affordable race replica as compared to Honda’s 185,000 euro (Rs 1.35 crore) worth RCV213-S. The customer version of the RC16 will be priced between 100,000 and 120,000 euros (Rs 72 lakh to Rs 87 lakh).
There aren’t any other details available about the motorcycle at the moment. It’s expected to be unveiled sometime later in 2018, once KTM completes its first year in MotoGP.
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