KTM Chairman says that a 1000cc V4  that makes 240bhp is coming for 2018! – look out Honda RC213V-S…

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KTM has said that it WILL make a 1000cc V4 MotoGP-bike-that-you-can-buy for 2018.

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And it’s going to make 240bhp!

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Speaking to the German publication SPEEDWEEK, KTM Chairman Stefan Pierer (above) said: “Next year we well be racing with the RC16 (pictured above and below) but a year later we will tackle it.

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“We want to build at least 100 bikes and also offer this product at a very affordable price.

“This motorcycle will not receive any road approval, it is only intended for use on track. We want it to be as close to the MotoGP bikes as possible.

“270bhp will, of ourse, not be available for a customer bike, but 240bhp should be available reliably.”

In terms of cost, Pierer says that the KTM customer racer will cost significantly less than Honda’s £137,000 (Euro 188,000) RC213V-S bike (pictured below).

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Pierer said: “I want to achieve a much lower price for this production racer than Honda has for its bike. I would like to see that we are heading towards 100,000 or 120,000 Euros.”

Although KTM has confirmed that the design for the new motorcycle does not yet exist, it has said that the Project Manager, Wolfgang Felber, is already assigned.

Tony Carter

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