KTM RC 8C Is A Wild Track Bike That You Probably Can’t Buy

With only 100 units being made worldwide, we certainly can't buy one either.

KTM RC 8C
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KTM RC 8C

The KTM RC 8C is a full-tilt, limited production, track-only motorcycle. KTM claims that this hand built, “lightweight racing prototype” puts out 128 horsepower and 75 lb-ft of torque. Not bad considering it apparently tips the scales at only 308lbs.

The RC 8C’s 889cc LC8c engine is identical to the power plant in the 890 Duke R. By using production engine components, KTM claims engine maintenance will be easier for the 100 lucky individuals that get their hands on one.

KTM RC 8C

Suspension and Braking

The KTM RC 8C uses WP APEX PRO suspension on both ends of the bike. The RC 8C’s 43mm front forks are hand built alongside the racing KTM RC16’s suspension. Both front and rear suspension is as adjustable as you would expect. The forks have “zero hydraulic stroke limitation,” and the rear shocks have separate high and low speed damping adjustments to give the rider as much control as possible.

The KTM RC 8C scrubs speed off courtesy of 290mm discs and Brembo Stylema Calipers in front. The rear end uses a 230mm disc AND a two piston Brembo caliper. The Brembo master cylinder even uses a MotoGP derived bite-point adjuster.

A pair of Dymag forged aluminum wheels wear Pirelli SC1 racing slicks for maximum traction. The RC 8C’s carbon Kevlar reinforced body panels are even quick-release, just like the fuel tank.

The KTM displays race data to the rider using an AIM MXS 5″ TFT display. From its 100 unit production run, to the titanium Akrapovič exhaust, the RC 8C screams exclusivity. But 25 of the 100 buyers will have an even more exclusive opportunity.

Those 25 riders will have the opportunity to ride on track with Grand Prix racers Dani Pedrosa and Mika Kallio. In addition to tips from the pros, those select few customers will also get a track package with extra wheels, brakes, paddock stands and tire warmers.

KTM has not said how much all of this will cost, but it’s safe to say it won’t be cheap. Pre-orders open July 22nd, and needless to say the bikes you see above will sell quickly regardless of cost.