KTM will next week unveil a new track-only supersports model that is believed to be based on its Moto2 racing platform and powered by its 890cc twin-cylinder engine, a short teaser video has revealed.
The unofficially named RC 890 will be limited to just 100 units worldwide and offer “Moto2 levels of performance” according to the Austrian bikemaker, with its official debut marked for July 20.
While the teaser video stops short of showing the new model, audio of the exhaust note all but confirms that it uses the brand’s own twin-cylinder motor rather than the three-cylinder Triumph powertrain currently used in Moto2 competition.
Earlier this year, a spy shot published by Speedweek showing a KTM-powered racebike generated rumours that a new ‘RC’ model was in development, but the idea was later quashed as it was realised to in fact be a Kramer GP2 890 R.
Kramer Motorcycles is a boutique bike builder from the USA that develops hand-built race-ready track bikes using KTM components, including its 890cc twin-cylinder engine.
It is now understood that KTM is working with Kramer to develop the new KTM-branded track bike, as eagle-eyed viewers noted the steel trellis frame shown in the teaser video appears to be the same unit found on the Kramer GP2.
The highly exclusive new model is also expected to borrow styling and aero elements from KTM’s Moto2 competition bikes, as well as high-performance WP suspension and Brembo braking components.
With its large-capacity RC8 model long discontinued, KTM Australia now exclusively offers the RC 390 in its supersports line-up, with the 890 Duke R naked bike its flagship middleweight sportsbike offering.
The KTM 890 Duke R launched this year from $17,195 plus on-road costs, bridging the gap to the full-fruit 1290 Super Duke.
Affectionately dubbed the ‘Super Scalpel’, the new Duke is powered by an 890cc parallel-twin motor that is tuned to produce 121hp (90kW) and 99Nm.
With a variety of tweaks and weight saving, KTM will likely squeeze more ponies from this motor for its new Moto2-inspired track bike.
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