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2023 KTM RC 8C Sports Motorcycle Review Specs

The 2023 KTM RC 8C Sports Motorcycle’s only function is establishing orange dominance at the start line. It is a track weapon designed for a certain kind of rider who spends most of their time with their elbows on the deck that’s why it is a proud member of the list of Top Ten Best KTM Bikes in 2023. This is a genuine READY TO RACE prototype with a limited run of 200 units meant to break lap records.

2023 KTM RC 8C Sports Motorcycle

2023 KTM RC 8C Sports Motorcycle – Features and Specs

Ultra-fine Adjustment

With its millimeter-perfect adjustments, the 2023 KTM RC 8C Sports Motorcycle is tailor-made for riders of all shapes and sizes. In addition to adjusting the triple clamp offset and steering head for quicker turn-in or more stability at high speeds, the handlebars and footpegs may be modified to suit the tastes and sizes of various riders.

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2023 KTM RC 8C Sports Motorcycle

Data logging

Data is speed on the track. An AIM MXS 1.2 RACE data recorder and dashboard are included on the 2023 KTM RC 8C Sports Motorcycle. A 5-inch TFT display with built-in data logging and GPS controls all this. The AIM Race Studio keeps track of everything so you can analyze it quickly and easily in the future. After logging, the data may be evaluated for free in AIM RaceStudio. Here, the pit crew and riders may monitor vital engine data, lap timings, throttle position, and track position in real time.

Fine-tuned Performance

An ultra-potent, lightweight, and compact 889 cc LC8c engine that can produce more power and achieve a higher rev limit of 12,000 RPM is what propels the 2023 KTM RC 8C Sports Motorcycle to its peak performance. An interior overhaul has been performed on the engine.

2023 KTM RC 8C Sports Motorcycle

A few examples include the following: a combustion chamber that has been machined, a 48 mm throttle body, new intake and exhaust valves made of titanium, connecting rods that are titanium, cylinder head ports that have been machined, and a 48 mm throttle body. Another measure used to keep this machine cool while charging is the inclusion of an additional oil cooler.

Air intake

The 2023 KTM RC 8C Sports Motorcycle possesses impressive lung capacity better than 2022 KTM RC 8C. Its innovative air filter box, equipped with a Twin Air filter, enhances air intake and throttle response to the fullest extent. A new fuel pump and a precise engine management system were also installed to accommodate the ram air intake system. Another feature that allows air to be driven directly into the machine’s core is its channeled body panel design. In addition, air provides tremendous off-the-line power.


A carbon silencer cover and a lightweight complete Akrapovič race exhaust complement the 2023 KTM RC 8C Sports Motorcycle’s performance. The latter adds a distinctive sound to the KTM RC 8C and goes well with its “READY TO RACE” attitude.

2023 KTM RC 8C Sports Motorcycle


The designers and aerodynamics experts behind the KTM RC16 also worked on the RC 8C. You won’t find a more authentic replica of a Grand Prix motorcycle—replete with stability winglets—than this one, made of ultra-strong yet lightweight GRP with carbon Kevlar reinforced fairings. At high speeds, they maintain stability, and when downforce is most required, they provide it. A swingarm scoop helps with downforce and cools the rear tire significantly.

Rider Ergonomics

For maximum speed, it is essential to duck below the screen when traveling down the straight. The footpegs, handlebars, and seat of the 2023 KTM RC 8C Sports Motorcycle form the ideal ergonomic triangle, which is a relief. With the seat height adjustable via an eccentric subframe mount, clip-on handlebars, and footpegs, you can always find a comfortable position to lean in and put your elbows in.

Carbon Fender

An air scoop directs airflow over the brakes and into the radiator for improved cooling, while the carbon fiber front fender has a rapid lock mechanism. Made of sturdy carbon fiber, it offers optimal stability and optimum braking performance—just what you need after a lengthy, high-speed straightaway.

2023 KTM RC 8C Sports Motorcycle

Wheels & Tires

With its lightweight Dymag UP7X forged aluminum wheels covered in Pirelli Diablo Superbike racing slicks, the 2023 KTM RC 8C Sports Motorcycle has the track’s lightest wheels. A 120/70R17 NHS SC1 up front and a 180/60R17 SBK SC1 out back are standard, with the option to switch to a 200/55/R17 if necessary. Plus, the axle configuration and quick-change assembly allow you to replace the wheels without taking the brakes out, which means you can pit quicker.

Master Cylinder

With many technological solutions taken straight from the master cylinders used in MotoGP, the 2023 KTM RC 8C Sports Motorcycle is equipped with an innovative and adjustable Brembo 19RCS CORSA CORTA radial master cylinder. A readily accessible selection on top of the master cylinder allows riders to fine-tune the “bite point” to their liking.

The NORMAL option offers a more gradual sensation, while SPORT gives an authentic, dynamic, race-ready reaction. The Ratio Click System (RCS) is another feature of the Brembo 19RCS CORSA CORTA that allows the rider can easily alter the fulcrum-to-piston distance from 18 mm to 20 mm by rotating a single adjustment screw.


Only the finest WP Pro Components will suffice at this degree of polish. The hand-assembled suspension package is made in the same facility that makes the KTM RC16, and it has been updated since the RC 8C was released in 2022. A completely adjustable WP APEX PRO 7543 closed cartridge fork, which is 43 mm upside-down, controls the front end. On the back, you’ll find an equally remarkable WP APEX PRO 7746 Shock that allows you to modify the length, rebound, and compression.

2023 KTM RC 8C Sports Motorcycle

Fuel Tank

The rear subframe and seat unit house the 4.2-gal (16-liter) gasoline tank, ensuring optimal weight distribution. Additionally, the gasoline line connection has been thoughtfully designed to make draining the tank a breeze. Because of this, we can evaluate fuel usage accurately on the track and empty the tank for transfer or pit repair with the same ease as putting the pack off the line.

Slipper Clutch

The pressure-lubricated, lightweight slipper clutch of the 2023 KTM RC 8C Sports Motorcycle has better cooling and less friction than competing systems. When the engine’s back-torque is too high, the slipper clutch opens to help with acceleration and deceleration. You may save energy when riding thanks to the former, which stops the unsteady chatter of the rear wheels while braking hard or slowing down, and the latter, which makes shifting gears easier by reducing the effort your hand needs.

Quickshifter +

Racers may click up and down gears without touching the clutch lever due to KTM‘s renowned QUICKSHIFTER PLUS technology, allowing lightning-quick shifting. It translates to sharper shifting with higher precision and settings tailored to the 2023 KTM RC 8C Sports Motorcycle.

2023 KTM RC 8C Sports Motorcycle

2023 KTM RC 8C Sports Motorcycle – Technical Specifications


Torque 98 Nm
Transmission 6-speed
Cooling Liquid-cooled
Power In KW 99 kW
Starter Electric starter
Stroke 68.8 mm
Bore 90.7 mm
Clutch PASC™ anti-hopping clutch, mechanically operated
Displacement 889 cm³
EMS Bosch EMS with RBW
Design 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, parallel twin
Lubrication Forced oil lubrication with two oil pumps


Tank Capacity (Approx.) 16 l
Front Brake Disc Diameter 290 mm
Rear Brake Disc Diameter 230 mm
Front Brake 2x radially mounted 4-piston caliper
Rear Brake Two piston caliper, brake disc
Chain 520
Dry Weight 142 kg
Frame Design Chrome-moly tubular space frame, powder-coated
Front Suspension WPXACTPRO7543
Ground Clearance 191 mm
Rear Suspension WPAPEXPRO7746
Seat Height 820 mm
Steering Head Angle 66.7 °
Suspension Travel (Front) 120 mm
Suspension Travel (Rear) 120 mm

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