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Spy Shot Photos Scattered, KTM Allegedly Designed RC 8C Version of Road Legal

A few months ago, KTM officially sold 100 RC 8C 'track only' units and sold in just a matter of minutes. And it turns out that many of his fans were disappointed because they did not get the limited model. Answering the needs of its lovers, the Austrian manufacturer reportedly plans to sell similar units but in the Road Legal category.

KTM RC 8C
KTM RC 8C

Not wanting the lovers to be disappointed, Kronreif & Trunkenpolz Mattighofen is rumored to be designing the RC 8C 'Road Legal'. It was discovered after German media, motorradonline.de spread some 'spy shot' photos of the RC 8C that are completely legal for highway use. From the images that are spread, the model does not wear the typical orange color of KTM, but is wrapped in an all-black panel.

Based on scattered photos, it is clear this version of the highway looks similar to the RC 8C except for a few components. Among them is the use of a tubular skeleton that looks similar to that of the 890 Duke. That's inversely proportional to the track-only versions that use the technology of Moto2 and Moto3. A reasonable move, considering the frame is too expensive to mass produce.

KTM RC 8C
KTM RC 8C


The rear swing arm of the prototype clearly comes from the 890 Duke, where the linkage strut area has been significantly reinforced and the double mount area extended. In addition, the right swingarm is shaped like a banana, giving more room for exhaust.

Spoked filigree alloy wheels appear to be from the 890 Duke R. As well as the brake system, it has MotoGP-style brake ventilation. The rear shock absorber seems to be fully tuned. While at the top of the fork bridge, the RC8 carries a steering damper mounted crosswise. Radiators are also enlarged according to the motor for road use.

From an aesthetic point of view, it's hard to say how it turned out. They're all painted black. Even so, the fairing side panel with two vertical ventilation slots and the tank joint looks similar to the RC 8C. Even the jagged line in the steering stub area was adopted from the track model.

KTM RC 8C
KTM RC 8C


The small double headlights come from the RC390 and still look very temporary. The biggest difference between the RC 8 C and this model is certainly in the tank. It doesn't have a tank at the back and it's just in front. The exhaust system, which provides a catalytic converter at the bottom of the machine, is completely new. Positioned higher and farther back as well as a new steering stub ensures a sportier seating position. A famous TFT display of the sister model can be seen in the cockpit.

Asking about the mechanical heart, there is no official statement from the manufacturer. But the built-in two-cylinder looks like the Duke 890 R. Bolej so it offers 121 hp and 99 Nm of torque. There may be a performance benchmark here. The weight of the new sport version should not exceed 189 kilograms of the dry weight of the Duke R.

This street version of the RC8 C may have a different name when it launches. Even so, this mid-range series paved the way for KTM in the motorsport championship. Because the Supersport World Championship has just been equipped with new engine regulations. This can be an ideal way of playing for KTM. Ducati has been registered here with the Panigale V2. The RC8 for the highway could come for the 2023 season and it is likely to cost around 13,000 euros ($13,000). 

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