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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 - crowned with the IDM manufacturer's title 2010. A power pack like no other.

With its 129 kW (173 hp), the V2 on the RC8 R Race Spec 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.

The main reasons for the outstanding performance of the RC8 R Race Spec's V-twin with 75° cylinder angle are the ultra-modern cylinder heads with flow-optimized ports and cam follower drive, each with two overhead camshafts for four valves. Valve timing is adjustable via the camshaft gears.

The forged piston structure on the RC8 R Race Spec, 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 minimized and the responsiveness and free-revving nature of the engine maximized.

The electronic Keihin engine management system with twin throttle valves regulates the modern electronic fuel injection system on the RC8 R Race Spec, focusing on maximum power with predictable engine characteristics and spontaneous responsiveness with controllable throttle response.

The RC8 R Race Spec'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, mono-block four-piston brake calipers and two 320 mm (12.6 in) and 5 mm (0.2 in) thick, semi-floating brake rotors provide massive stopping power.

The RC8 R Race Spec's thin-walled, 73 kg (161 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.

Telescopic fork: Adjustable in spring preload as well as rebound and compression damping, the setup ranges on the RC8 R Race Spec's high-quality WP upside-down forks allow adaptation to all track and weather conditions. A WP steering damper keeps the forks on track, even in extreme conditions.

Swingarm: The intricately made light alloy swingarm makes a significant contribution to the outstanding traction of the RC8 R Race Spec. The position of the swingarm can be adjusted by means of an eccentric adjustment on the lever linkage. In this way, compression can be minimized and squatting prevented when accelerating out of corners.

Linkage: The progressiveness of the linkage provides the shock absorber with refined responsiveness yet still has sufficient reserves to handle peak loads. The position of the swingarm can be adjusted to the rider's style and weight using the eccentric adjuster which is easily accessible on the linkage, which can help prevent squatting during acceleration.

The RC8 R Race Spec'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.

Wheels and tires: Super-light Marchesini forged aluminum wheels make the Race Spec's handling more responsive. The suspension, grip and, of course, lap times benefit from these expensive and prestigious parts. Completely in keeping with the species, the Race Spec is equipped with ultra-grippy slicks — for the pursuit of personal lap records.

Centralization of masses: Fully fuelled, the RC8 R Race Spec weighs little more than 180 kg (397 lb.). Its silencer is positioned underneath the engine not only for a more favorable center of gravity, but also to minimize crash damage and improve the aerodynamics. The result: easy handling and razor-sharp precision.

Setting options: The RC8 R Race Spec offers all the options required for ergonomic adjustment of a racing vehicle to its rider: It is supplied with a racing seat and a multiple-adjustment racing footpeg system. As on the series production bike, the handlebar can be mounted at two heights and two angles, and the subframe at two heights.

  • Multi-adjustable racing shock absorber from WP Suspension for uncompromising race tuning
  • KTM PowerParts anti-hopping clutch for effective prevention of rear-wheel chatter when braking heavily
  • Akrapovic EVO 4 exhaust system for optimized torque and power progression, as well as significant weight reduction
  • Automatic shift mechanism for lightning-quick shifting without load interruption
  • Slicks for optimum grip on the racetrack
  • Complete racing fairing, no headlight and a monoseat
  • KTM PowerParts multi-adjustable footpeg system for even greater ground clearance when leaning into corners.
  • Hinged hand levers as a precaution against ground and enemy contact
  • No indicators or lighting and a slimmed-down, racing cable harness for reduced weight
  • Racing foam seat providing even better hold and freedom of movement for dedicated racetrack use
  • Racing 520 chain/sprockets for minimum power loss on the way to the rear wheel
  • Racing brake pads for fade-free deceleration, even in the toughest conditions
  • Paddock stand for service and repair work
  • Orange starting number panel for taking part at track days or racing events
  • Design: 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, 75° V arrangement, liquid-cooled
  • Displacement: 1,195 cm³ (72.92 cu in.)
  • Bore: 105 mm (4.13 in.)
  • Stroke: 69 mm (2.72 in.)
  • Performance: 129 kW (173 hp)
  • Starting aid: Electric starter
  • Transmission: 6-speed, claw shifted
  • Engine lubrication: Dry-sump lubrication with 3 rotor pumps
  • Primary gear ratio: 40:76
  • Secondary gear ratio: 17:38
  • Cooling system: Liquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump
  • Clutch: Wet multi-disc clutch / hydraulically operated
  • Ignition system: Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment
  • Frame: Tubular space frame made from chrome molybdenum steel, powder-coated
  • Forks: WP Suspension Up Side Down 4354
  • Shock absorber: WP Suspension 4014 VP
  • Suspension travel front: 120 mm (4.72 in.)
  • Suspension travel rear: 120 mm (4.72 in.)
  • Brake system front: Twin-disc brake with radially mounted four-piston brake calipers; floating brake discs
  • Brake system rear: Single-disc brake with two-piston brake caliper; fixed brake disc
  • Brake discs - diameter front: 320 mm (12.6 in.)
  • Brake discs - diameter rear: 220 mm (8.66 in.)
  • Chain: 5/8 x 1/4” (520) X-Ring
  • Steering head angle: 66.7°
  • Wheelbase: 1,425 mm (56.1 in.)
  • Ground clearance (unloaded): 110 mm (4.33 in.)
  • Seat height (unloaded): 845 mm (33.27 in.)
  • Weight without fuel approx.: 173 kg (381 lb.)
For Race Track use only



Engine Type
2-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, 75 deg. V arrangement
1195 cc
Bore and Stroke
105 x 69 mm (4.13 x 2.72 in.)
Liquid cooled
Electric starter


Front Suspension
WP Suspension Up Side Down 4354; 120 mm (4.72 in) travel
Rear Suspension
WP Suspension 4014 VP; 120 mm (4.72 in) travel
Front Brakes
Twin-disc brake with radially mounted four-piston brake calipers; floating brake discs; 320 mm (12.6 in)
Rear Brakes
Single-disc brake with two-piston brake caliper; fixed brake disc; 220 mm (8.66 in)


1,425 mm (56.1 in)
Seat Height
845 mm (33.27 in)
Dry Weight
173 kg (381 lb.)


6-speed, claw shifted
Final Drive