In an interview last year, KTM CEO Stefan Pierer said that the Austrian manufacturer would stop producing street legal superbikes. That being said that as soon as the track only RC16 is available for customers KTM will stop with the RC8. The MotoGP replica will be available in limited numbers. The production would be limited to 100 units and KTM aims to offer the product at affordable prices. The power output from the 1000cc V4 engine will be limited to 240 hp as oppose to the MotoGP motorcycle’s 270 hp of power.
KTM will participate in the premier class of MotoGP in 2017. While the price for the race replica is still not announced, Pierer added that the motorcycle may cost between 100,000 to 120,000 euro. Honda RC213V-S, a replica of its MotoGP machine RC213V, costs nearly 185,000 euro.
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Speaking to the motoring portal Speedweek, Pierer said, “We want to build at least 100 pieces and also offer this product at a very affordable price. This motorcycle will not receive any road approval. It is only intended for closed racetracks. We want to be as close to the MotoGP bikes as possible. 270 hp will of course not be, but with 240 hp one must count reliably. 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.”