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The New KTM RC8 Superbike!
Photos Courtesy of KTM.
Photographers: H. Mitterbauer (Studio
photos). P. Friedl (Track photo). R.
Schedl (KTM On-track).
More: Stefan Nebel
named as KTM RC8 test rider (below)
KTM 1190 RC8: Official Superbike premiere in
KTM first released some computer-generated
images of the RC8 in 2005 and although they
looked very intriguing, we weren't sure if the
images were an in-hour design exercise or if the
bike would really be developed. Well, lo
and behold, here it is, two years later, and in
almost identical form to the original concept!
KTM, the "leader in the production of sports
motorcycles", now celebrates a milestone in the
company history with the world premiere of the
first ever “Made in Austria” Superbike, the KTM
1190 RC8. The bike was introduced in
November 2007 at the EICMA
international motorcycle fair.
KTM CEO Stefan Pierer unveiled the 1190 RC8 on
Tuesday, November 6 at 13.00 hours to herald a
new era in the company history. KTM presented
the series version of the most elaborate
development project ever undertaken by the
company, which is at the same time the most
powerful series motorcycle ever developed in
“The RC8 is the perfect embodiment of the
collective know-how and the sporting passion of
our development teams", he said. "In addition, they have
proven that KTM is capable of pushing through
its own model strategy and in doing so, being
absolutely true to our clear brand philosophy,
also on the road.”
The world’s leading manufacturer of off-road
bikes has already proved itself with its
innovations and has also caused a sensation with
its outstandingly dynamic factory riders on the
road racing circuit. Now KTM takes another
crucial step towards having a complete range of
unmistakable sports machines.
At the heart of the 1190 RC8 is the
completely newly developed supersport
two-cylinder based on the well known LC8 range
of engines, which, with a top performance of 155
hp and a maximum amount of torque of 120 Nm
delivers an overwhelming amount of power to the
A unique light tubular steel frame,
highest quality suspension and brake components
and unusual technical solutions such as the
exhaust positioned under the bike complete the
1190 RC8, which weighs just 200kg with a full
tank. The result is a Superbike that truly lives
up to its name in every sense of the word.
With this brand new development, KTM also takes
a new direction in the bike’s appearance. The
concept of chief designer Gerald Kiska continues
the notion of integrating high quality
technology into the bike in a purist and very
As a genuine KTM, the 1190 RC8 also
exhibits its pure motor racing genes even from a
distance. The new KTM Superbike, available in
both color variations of orange/black and
white/black will be available starting in March
just in time for the start of the new motorcycle
season. We will post more details as they
Here are some photos of this
fantastic-looking machine, and...
...Here's a bonus:
this really nice high-res, 6MP photo
(.zip format) of the KTM RC8 on track,
taken by photographer P. Friedl. It
works great as a desktop wallpaper
computers, first save the photo in a
folder and unzip it, then right-click on
the Desktop and select "Properties".
Select the "Desktop" tab and navigate to
the photo and select the photo, then
choose "Stretch" and it should cover
your Desktop with wall-to-wall action!
RC8 - wBW
Lightbox - Click photo to view.
Date of Publication: November 11, 2007
Stefan Nebel New Test
Rider for KTM's RC8
January 24, 2008 - KTM is delighted to announce
the appointment of Stefan Nebel, one of
Germany's most impressive Superbike talents as
the official test rider for the new KTM RC8
With this appointment, on of the worldwide
leading companies in the production of sports
motorcycles takes one more step forward in the
street bike sector, thus underlining that KTM
intends to be "Ready to Race" also with the
ambitious RC8 project.
recently launched RC8 is KTM's most ambitious
development project to date and it is appropriate
that a rider with Stefan Nebel's skills and race
track experience should be at the helm of this
Nebel, born in 1981 and by his own admission,
most at home on the Nürburgring and Brands Hatch
racing circuits has clocked up an impressive list of
results in Superbike competition in Germany and in
He won the Superbike IDM series in 2003 and again
in 2005, his best ever season in the international
German Superbike championship. The same year
he took pole position at Magny Cours and was third
across the line in the FIM Superstock race. In
2006 he finished fifth in the Super Bike IDM, a
result he repeated in 2007.
Nebel has also performed impressively in the
World Endurance 24h at Le Mans, the World Endurance
8h in Suzuka and the World Endurance 24h at
Oschersleben, Germany. He also tested for
MotoGP in 2006.
KTM is confident that with Stefan Nebel, the RC8
has a test rider that can help the company's
research and development department further refine
the bike in preparation for successful future
performances on the race track.
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