News 2012 KTM RC8 R Race Spec | Preview

2012 KTM RC8 R Race Spec | Preview

2012 KTM RC8 R Race Motorcycle

For those serious about road racing, and want a machine “Ready to Race” directly from the factory, KTM returns for 2012 with its KTM RC8 R Race Spec.

The Austrian superbike is built on the same chassis and uses the same 75-degree, 1195cc V-Twin used on the street RC8 R, but features all the high-performance accessories needed to be ultra-competitive in road racing.

For 2012, the RC8 R Race Spec features new suspension settings, and a few minor updates to the V2 that produces 180 horsepower and 97.4 ft. lbs. of torque.

Following is the highlights of the 2012 KTM RC8 R Race Spec, which are the differences between the model and the standard RC8 R; for a preview of the standard RC8 R, click here.

As of this writing, KTM has not released an MSRP, but expect the RC8 R Race Spec to be around $20,000.

2012 KTM RC8 R Race Spec Highlights:

  • New suspension settings
  • New longer secondary drive (front sprocket from 16 to 17 teeth)
  • 75° V-twin EFI 1195cc
  • 180 Hp – 97.4 lb-ft
  • Equipped with Akrapovic Evo 4 titanium exhaust system for maximum performance
  • Enclosed is a thinner head gasket to increase compression and a cam adjustment tool to set new more aggressive timing
  • Racing air filter for increased flow
  • Race ECU is programed to match the new engine components and connected to a racing wiring harness for maximum power with minimum weight
  • Race slipper clutch designed to slip under heavy downshifts for maximum traction in race conditions
  • Racing electronic quick shifter interrupts the ignition for a fraction of a second and allows for quick upshifts under acceleration without the use of the clutch
  • GP style (reverse) shift pattern is standard equipment
  • WP 4618 Race Shock is fully adjustable with remote hydraulic preload adjuster
  • WP fork with TiAIN coating
  • Both suspension components are tuned specifically for the Race Spec chassis
  • Higher quality components provide additional adjustability and more consistent performance under race conditions
  • Forged Marchesini aluminum wheels mounted to Dunlop race slicks
  • Full racing bodywork painted in white/orange including racing bubble shield and racing seat

2012 KTM RC8 R Race Spec: Specifications:


  • Engine type: 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75°
  • Displacement : 1195 cc
  • Bore/stroke: 105/69 mm
  • Power: 180 hp @ 10250 rpm
  • Torque: 94.5 lb-ft @ 8000 rpm
  • Starter/battery: Electric starter/12V 11.2Ah
  • Transmission: 6 gears
  • Fuel system: Keihin EFI (throttle body 52 mm)
  • Control: 4 V/DOHC
  • Lubrication : Pressure lubrication with 3 Eaton pumps
  • Engine oil: Motorex, SAE 10W-50
  • Primary drive: 40:76
  • Final drive: 17:37
  • Cooling: Liquid cooling
  • Clutch: Wet multi-disc clutch, hydraulically operated
  • Engine management/ignition: Keihin EMS – Race Spec


  • Frame: Chromium-Molybdenum trellis frame, powder-coated
  • Subframe: Aluminum
  • Handlebar: Aluminum stump handlebar
  • Front suspension: WP-USD 43 mm – TiAIN coated
  • Rear suspension: WP-Race Monoshock with hydraulic preload
  • Suspension travel front/rear: 120/120 mm
  • Front brake: 2 x Brembo Monobloc four piston, radially bolted caliper, brake disc Ø 320 mm
  • Rear brake: Brembo two piston, fixed caliper, brake disc Ø 220 mm
  • Wheels: front/rear: Cast aluminum wheels 3.50 x 17”; 6.00 x 17”
  • Tires front/rear: 120/70 ZR 17; 190/55 ZR 17
  • Chain: 520 Race Chain
  • Silencer: Akropovic Evo 4 Ti system
  • Steering head angle: 23.3°
  • Wheel base: 1,425 mm
  • Ground clearance: 110 mm/4.3″
  • Seat height: 805/825 mm – 31.7″/ 32.5″
  • Tank capacity: approx. 16.5 litres/ 4.4gal – 3.5 litres/0.9gal reserve
  • Weight (ready to race): approx. 170 kg / 375 lbs. (without fuel)

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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