Is this the end of RC8 ?
Snapshot: KTM will not be producing street legal superbikes anymore; according to Stefan Pierer a 200bhp is too dangerous for the streets.
As soon as I came to know of this development, the first thing I remembered was Tony Stark’s speech from Iron Man. “I had my eyes opened, I came to realize that I had more to offer this world than just making things that blow up. And that is why, effective immediately, I am shutting down the weapons manufacturing division of Stark Industries” quips the self proclaimed playboy genius billionaire philanthropist in the first installment of his mega hit movie series, stated by the CEO of KTM “Stefan Pierer”
If you are growing up dreaming of owning a KTM RC8 someday, this news might shatter your dreams. As recently Stefan Pierer the CEO of KTM stated that superbikes are deadly for streets and riding a 200 horsepower motorcycle in the streets is pointless. Though we found that this news actually makes sense but we were wondering why only the RC8 is single out then?
In a recent interview the CEO of KTM stated that “if your Superbike is reaching 200 horsepower or more, it’s impossible to argue that it belongs on the street. It really doesn’t, anymore”!
Pierer further added that, “We’d like to produce a successor to the existing RC8 V-twin… In which case, let’s do the following: We’ll stick to making a Superbike, but only for closed course usage. So it won’t be homologated for sale as a street bike. So then to produce that we will take the best prototype development arena available, which is MotoGP. And for the 2016 season there will be new rules introduced when the playing field will be leveled with a standard electronic system, so then KTM can challenge Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki and Aprilia on an equal basis. So that’s the concept for development. We’ll call it the RC16 and it will also be available for the normal customer for track days or private use on track, but it won’t any more be homologated for the street. It’ll be a really serious sports and race item for closed course use only.”