Saturday, March 22, 2008

KTM to launch ‘Adventure’ variant of the RC8

A dual-purpose 'Adventure' bike with the RC8 engine? Should be awesome!
Pic: BikeWalls

According to a report on Motorcycle USA, KTM boss Stefan Pierer has said that the company will launch naked (the RC8 Venom) and dual-purpose / adventure versions of the RC8. While there is no mention of exactly when this is likely to happen, the report does say that KTM have ambitions of becoming the biggest motorcycle manufacturer is Europe, producing 200,000 bikes per annum by the year 2020.

In keeping with their ambitious growth plans, KTM also plan to launch smaller bikes in collaboration with Bajaj, the second-largest bike maker in India. Single-cylinder 125s and 250s, and a 500cc v-twin, are likely to be launched soon, and these will be sold through the Bajaj network in India. However, it’s not clear whether these bikes will only be launched in India (and perhaps other Asian markets…), or also in Europe.

According to the report on Motorcycle USA, KTM’s new small bike range will be designed by KTM, will be built in India, and will be priced so that they can compete with Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, Chinese and Indian small bikes.

Finally, apart from bikes, KTM also want to focus on small-volume, high-performance cars like the X-Bow, eventually becoming the Austrian equivalent of Lotus, the revered British sports car company. So, well, looks like it’s exciting times ahead for KTM then…

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External links:
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