MILAN, ITALY -- KTM celebrated a company milestone at EICMA with the world premiere of the first made-in-Austria Superbike, the KTM 1190 RC8.
KTM CEO Stefan Pierer unveiled the 1190 RC8 Tuesday to mark a new era for the company, as KTM presented the series version of the most elaborate development project the company has ever undertaken. It is also the most powerful series motorcycle ever developed in Austria, the company says.
"The RC8 is the perfect embodiment of the collective know-how and the sporting passion of our development teams. In addition, they have proven that KTM is capable of pushing through its own model strategy and in doing so, being absolutely true to our clear brand philosophy, also on the road," Pierer said.
The 1190 RC8 is the completely redeveloped sporty two-cylinder based on the LC8 range of engines which, with a top performance of 155 hp and a maximum amount of torque of 120 Nm, delivers plenty of power. A light tubular steel frame, quality suspension and brake components and unusual technical solutions such as the exhaust positioned under the bike complete the 1190 RC8, which weighs just 200kg with a full tank.
KTM also took a new direction in the bike's appearance. The concept of chief designer Gerald Kiska continues the notion o f integrating high quality technology into the bike in a purist and very visible way.
The new KTM Superbike will be available in both color variations of orange/black and white/black starting in March.
Photos by H. Mitterbauer