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December 6, 2016
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KTM Planning Track-Only Production Version of RC16 MotoGP Prototype

From the inauguration of KTM’s new RC16 MotoGP project the brand made clear it would eventually sell a track-only, customer-spec model somewhere in the six-figure range.

Now, KTM CEO Stefan Pierer, has teased out more details about the “Ready to Race” RC16 to Germany’s Speedweek.

Mika Kallio raced the KTM RC16 at Valencia as a wild card.

Pierer says KTM intends to build at least 100 consumer-spec RC16s, while promising to keep the machine as close to it’s screaming MotoGP monster as possible. The bikes will share a 1000cc, 90-degree V4 engine, however the consumer version will be derated to 240 hp in the name of reliability, a short throw from the race bike’s 270 hp.

“We want to be as close to the MotoGP bikes as possible,” said Perier.

Despite being one of the most premium track-day bikes ever made, KTM will try to keep pricing in a sensible range when the RC16 debuts for layman consumption in 2018. Perier has promised pricing will undercut Honda’s €188,000 MotoGP derived RC213V-S.

Bradley Smith will race for KTM for the RC16’s first full season alongside Pol Espargaro.

“I definitely want to get a much lower price for this production racer than Honda offers. I would like to see that we are heading towards 100,000 or 120,000 euros. Affordable driving is our philosophy. ”

Regardless, the sound is worth the price of admission alone…