- KTM RC 890 track-only prototype spied
- It might spawn a large-displacement RC model for the masses
Spy shots of KTM’s large-displacement fully-faired motorcycle have surfaced on the internet. The absence of headlamp and license plate convey that it’s a track-only prototype and reports suggest that the bike is powered by the same 889cc motor which does duty on the new 890 Duke. The motorcycle in the spy images can be seen sporting a green trellis frame, grey-painted bodywork, racing slicks and a tail-mounted fuel tank.
This could be an indication that the Austrian bike maker is working on the large-displacement version of the RC for the masses. Ever since KTM discontinued the RC8 in 2016, the largest faired motorcycle it has is the RC 390. KTM pulled the plugs on the much-hallowed RC8 because it thought that a 200bhp motorcycle for the streets is superfluous. Although KTM has a presence in the MotoGP world championship, where it has been performing quite well, the company thinks that a MotoGP race replica will be too expensive to afford for a majority of buyers.
So, even if a bid-daddy MotoGP-derived sportsbike is out of the question, we might soon see something based on the spied race prototype which will expand KTM’s RC portfolio.
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