Premium motorcycle manufacturer KTM will be launching a production version of its Moto3 race bike, the Moto3 250 GPR in India by 2014. This for-sale-version machine will be known as the KTM RC 250 R. The bike was firstly showcased at the 2012 EICMA ((Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori or Milan Motorcycle Show) held last year in Italy. The machine grabbed many motorcycle enthusiasts' overwhelming attention over that period.
The KTM RC 250 R is a slightly modified version of the KTM Moto3 250 GPR race bike. However, the two wheeler is marginally less powered than the genuine variant of the GP bi-wheeler. Still, the RC 250 R gets all features used in the Grand Prix model. The RC 250 R become more valuable when you realize that this was the machine that pulled the German rider, Sandro Cortese to grand the inaugural Moto3 world championship title along with 5 triumphs in 2012.
"The basis of the Production Racer is not much different to our Grand Prix motorcycle. The GP bike is only adapted to suit the current Moto3 regulations, for example it runs with the regulation Dell,Orto electronics unit, has a maximum of 14,000 revolutions and has an Akrapovic exhaust system that allows 115 dB. OZ magnesium wheels, a factory braking system with dual brake disks from Brembo in the front and WP Suspension elements all save weight - but basically these are also components that can all be fitted to the RC 250 R Production Racer," said Wolfgang Felber, Head of KTM Customer Racing Sport.
The bike looks extremely ready to set for the race. It is featured with forged aluminium OZ wheels instead of magnesium. It also has Brembo brakes and WP suspension. There is also some big technical differences in the bike. The rpm has been reduced from 14,000 to 13,500 rpm. And the bike produces only below 50 hp power. The analysts think that the technical differences are made to result better fuel efficiency of the bike.
"After we had a real holeshot start to the season we have now established ourselves in the new Moto3 class as one of the major players and we even succeeded in winning the world championship title in the première season. Now for 2013 we want see our motorcycles even more deployed in the Moto3 World Championship," said Pit Beirer, Head of KTM Motorsport.
The machine is powered by a 249.5 cc, Single cylinder, 4-stroke, DOHC enngine. It is capable to generate maximum power of 49.6 hp at 13.000 rpm and maximum torque of 28 Nm at 11.000 rpm. Its engine is wedded with a 6 speed casette gear box.
The KTM RC 250 R will be launched in Indian after the launch of the Duke 390 which is expected to appear in India soon. Meanwhile KTM is also planning to launch the RC25, which a 250cc motorcycle based on its flagship bike, the RC8 sportbike.
KTM RC 250 R is a production version of the 2012 Moto3 Grand Prix World Champion bike.
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