KTM reveals 2019 450 RALLY REPLICA | News
KTM has revealed its customer version of the KTM factory rally machine which they claim is almost identical to those ridden by Dakar winners Walkner, Toby Price and Sam Sunderland.
The KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA features a 450cc SOHC fuel-injection engine that KTM claims now provides increased engine power, thanks to a newly designed cylinder head, extended durability and an improved transmission that are complemented by a new engine management system, which includes a newly developed throttle body. A new air filter box offers more room for the electrics and battery whilst also enhancing the centralization of masses – a key point in the development of this new machine. The 2019 KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA enjoys a brand-new chassis, tested and developed with factory riders for the perils and style of Dakar we have seen in recent years, as it combines improved agility with enhanced stability for braking, whilst retaining the incredible straight-line stability that the KTM rally machines are renowned for.
A new swingarm in conjunction with a reworked linkage and shock absorber, along with WP XACT PRO 48mm closed cartridge suspension with sophisticated Cone Valve technology, provides improved traction when accelerating, as well as increased bottoming reserves. New bodywork utilizes sophisticated aerodynamics to increase rider comfort while improving the visibility past the innovative carbon tower, which houses the navigational elements of the bike, to the front wheel. A new, softer seat, revised fuel tanks, and new Akrapovič exhaust, which also contribute to mass centralization and improved weight distribution, reiterate the design goal of a lightweight, agile, comfortable and stable bike.
Stefan Huber (KTM Factory Rally Team Leader): “The all-new KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA is based on our already-successful new factory machine that we began racing at the end of last year, which was specifically developed to win the Dakar. With the latest generation, our goal and focus was to develop a bike around the style of our current factory riders, who required something with more comfort, more agility and improved stability. We looked for an improvement in handling, a lower weight, as well as a bike that also meets the demands of the conditions and intensity that we now find at Dakar. The KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA machine is almost identical to those raced by our athletes, and is available for customers to get the opportunity to own and ride a really premium, purpose-developed rally machine with high-quality components and maximum innovation. It’s been truly revised from the ground up, and we are looking forward to seeing these bikes being raced by our customers.”
All of the 75 units limited production of the KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA have already been reserved at a price of EUR 26,000 ($42,000 AUD). A service and support package is available at the Dakar Rally at an additional cost for all models of KTM rally bike. Please ask your local KTM dealer for more information. Please note the service packages are limited.