Joining the likes of Ducati, Honda and Aprilia in giving us a taste of the MotoGP.

KTM is the brand new entry to the MotoGP championships and is the current calendar season has been their first stint at the premiere world of motorcycle racing. The Austrian company has successfully managed to make a competition bike but are still waiting to taste podium success.

Now though, the company seems to be busy with making one for their road customers. From the very first day, KTM never made it a secret that the literal "Ready to Race" motto machine KTM RC16 will also be offered to the ’admiring the sport’ customers too.

With KTM finally running on the current MotoGP calender, its production racer is up next. Exterior High Resolution Wallpaper quality
- image 733871
KTM RC 16 MotoGP

Yes, you read that right. A MotoGP spec motorcycle anyone could buy. And when I meant anyone, just a 100 of us out there. Only a limited 100 pieces will be produced by the Austrian company and wants to offer it at an ‘affordable’ price.

Now ‘affordable’ here is a very disturbing word, especially to a majority of us. What they meant is that they want to cut close to the Aprilia RSV4 FW-GP that came in at a shattering $ 188,000. Honda’s RC213V-S costed a bombing $184,000. Yes, a six-digit figure for a two-wheeler. The thought itself makes me feel tired. Phew..

With KTM finally running on the current MotoGP calender, its production racer is up next.
- image 733884
With KTM finally running on the current MotoGP calender, its production racer is up next.
- image 733883
Aprilia RSV4 FW-GP Honda RC213V-S

Similarly, the Ducati Desmosedici RR, the Italian version of their GP6 MotoGP championship bike would have costed us a cool $72,500. If you ask ’Was that all worth?’, Well, let me remind you that all the 213V-S and the RR were sold!!

But KTM here looks to be getting it down to a six-figure price of $ 110,000 and be sure that this motorcycle will not receive any road approval; it is only intended for closed racetracks. It’s got to. Else some lunatic will succumb to its calling!. Trust me, it sure can do that

With KTM finally running on the current MotoGP calender, its production racer is up next. Exterior High Resolution Wallpaper quality
- image 733873
With KTM finally running on the current MotoGP calender, its production racer is up next. Exterior High Resolution Wallpaper quality
- image 733874
With KTM finally running on the current MotoGP calender, its production racer is up next. Exterior High Resolution Wallpaper quality
- image 733875
With KTM finally running on the current MotoGP calender, its production racer is up next. Exterior High Resolution Wallpaper quality
- image 733876

This track only edition will not carry the petrifying 270 hp powerplant, rather a more ‘humble’ 240 hp engine. Now, to tickle your mind, think about this - the mad supercharged Ninja H2 carbon will give you 207 hp. Go figure.

Although no official technical specs or rendering images have surfaced, we know that the KTM boss has already appointed Mr. Wolfgang Felber, KTM’s Technical Head as the Project Manager for the production version for the KTM RC16 Project.

With KTM finally running on the current MotoGP calender, its production racer is up next.
- image 733882
Ducati Desmosedici RR

The company will make use of the same 999cc V4 petrol engine and tune it to a 240 bhp atrocity. It will have a 6-speed constant mesh transmission with a slipper assist and quick shifter. You can envisage all electronic gizmos to aid the rider in maneuvering the beast and keeping him safe when he decides to go berserk.

Expect the best of traction control system, auto-blip, multiple riding modes, launch control and the likes. It sure is going to get a lot of carbon fiber treatment and special alloys. High-performance WP sourced suspension units and carbon ceramic brakes with radially mounted Brembo mono-block calipers will don this motorcycle.

With KTM finally running on the current MotoGP calender, its production racer is up next. Exterior High Resolution Wallpaper quality
- image 733879
With KTM finally running on the current MotoGP calender, its production racer is up next. Exterior High Resolution Wallpaper quality
- image 733878
KTM RC 16 MotoGP

If we were to pretend I could actually afford one, was I convinced of its value being worthy of the price tag? Yes, IF I also owned a racetrack or had one at my disposal by 2018.

For the rest of us, sticking onto our mopeds for the grocery run suits. Cheers.


Source: Speedweek

What do you think?
Show Comments
Motorcycle Finder: