2012 KTM RC8R Track 2012 Powerful V2S

Based on the KTM RC8R Track that finished sixth in our shootout last year, this new full-fairing racer comes without any of the street hardware such as headlights, blinkers, mirrors, plate holder and DOT tires – lessening the amount of effort that riders will have to invest in converting a standard KTM RC8. A strictly limited number of bikes for those who want to use their 1190 RC8 R exclusively on the racetrack. Factory-homologated for Superstock and built to be "ready to race" by the KTM Racing Division, with all the goodies from the KTM PowerParts range that make the potential for race success even greater. And equipped, of course, with everything that makes the KTM superbike so successful.

2012 KTM RC8R Track
KTM RC8R Track with its 132 kW (177 hp) of power, the V2 on the RC8 R Track can be considered as the measure of all things for ultra-sporty twins, with maximum performance, predictable characteristics and high reliability. The KTM engine impresses with an extremely broad rev range and spontaneous throttle response, while supplying supreme ride quality. 100% titanium Akrapovic EVO 4 exhaust system for optimised torque and power progression, as well as a weight saving of almost 6 kg.

The main reasons for the outstanding performance of the RC8 R Track's V-twin with 75° cylinder angle are the ultra-modern cylinder heads with flow-optimised ducts and cam follower drive, each with two overhead camshafts for four valves. Valve timing is adjustable via the camshaft gears. The electronic Keihin engine management system with twin throttle valves regulates the modern electronic fuel injection system on the RC8 R Track, focussing on maximum power with predictable engine characteristics and spontaneous responsiveness with controllable throttle response.

2011 KTM RC8R Track
 KTM RC8R Track
The forged piston structure on the KTM RC8 R Track, borrowed from Formula 1, results in a high piston loading capacity, despite the extremely short and lightweight design. In this way, the reciprocating weight can be minimised andthe responsiveness and free-revving nature of the engine maximised.

The KTM RC8 R Tracks thin-walled, 7.3 kg (16.1 lb.) lightweight tubular space frame made from high-strength chrome-molybdenum steel, sets standards in dimensional stability and lightweight construction. Its optimal stiffness distribution results in fantastic precision and unparalleled stability. The intricately made light alloy swingarm makes a significant contribution to the outstanding traction of the RC8 R Track. The position of the swingarm can be adjusted by means of an eccentric on the lever linkage. In this way, compression can be minimised and squatting prevented when accelerating out of corners.

The progressiveness of the linkage provides the shock absorber with refined responsiveness and still with sufficient reserves at peak loads. The position of the swingarm can be adjusted to the rider's riding style and weight on the easily accessible eccentric on the linkage, and squatting on acceleration prevented. Adjustable in spring basis as well as rebound and compression damping, the set-up ranges on the RC8 R Track's high-quality WP upside-down forks allow adaptation to all road and weather conditions. A WP steering damper keeps the forks on track, even in extreme conditions.

 2012 KTM RC8R Track Engine
 2011 KTM RC8R Track Speedometer
The RC8 R Track's 46/18-WP Race shock absorber has already celebrated race victories in the IDM Superbike championship. It provides all the setting options and enormous potential of a genuine racing shock absorber. The RC8 R Track's brake system with highest quality Brembo® components functions perfectly, sensitively and steadily, thanks to racing brake pads, even under toughest conditions. At the front, two radially-mounted, four-piston brake calipers and two 320 mm (12.6 in) and 5 mm (0.2 in) thick, semi-floating brake discs provide massive stopping power.

Super-light Marchesini forged aluminium wheels make the Track's handling more responsive. The suspension, grip and of course lap times benefit from these expensive and prestigious parts. The Track is also equipped with ultra-grippy slicks - for the pursuit of personal lap records. Fully fuelled, the RC8 R Track weighs little more than 180 kg (397 lb.). Its silencer is positioned underneath the engine not only for a more favourable centre of gravity, but also to minimise crash damage and improve the aerodynamics. The result: easy handling and razor-sharp precision.


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