KTM’s ‘Ready To Race’ tagline has never been more apparent than in the Austrian brand’s most recent release: the limited-edition 450 Rally Factory Replica.
As the name implies, this version of the 450 Rally replicates the look, equipment, and performance of a KTM Factory racing machine, such as the ones used in the historic Dakar Rally. This competition-spec bike is ready to take on the rough-and-tumble conditions of cross-country racing right out of the crate.
This race-ready bike is powered by a reliable 450cc SOHC single-cylinder motor and receives several components that complement this. First is a PANKL Racing Systems gearbox that produces a more linear gear spread to make better use of the engine’s character. This transmission also carries the same gear ratios as the gearboxes on Red Bull KTM Factory racing machines. Also hooked up to the motor is a premium Akrapovic exhaust, which really lets the engine sing.
The competition chassis housing the 450cc thumper has been tuned to have perfect flex characteristics, which prepares the factory replica for high amounts of off-road racing stress. Included in the factory replica’s kit is a set of championship-winning WP XACT PRO closed cartridge forks with high-tech cone valve technology paired to a WP XACT PRO fully-adjustable rear shock.
Single petal-shaped brake discs mounted on front and rear spoked wheels bring this bike to a stop, and grippy block tires let the rally machine find purchase even on treacherous terrain.
A hallmark of Dakar Rally bikes is the distinctive robotic-looking windshield and headlight combo, which can also be found on this KTM. Another Dakar-appropriate feature is the multi-display setup with a tablet-sized screen.
Only 80 units of the 2022 KTM 450 Rally Factory Replica will be made available, with a price tag of €25,900 or approximately P1.5 million. If you manage to get your hands on one of these, a support and service package will be available if you choose to take it to the upcoming Dakar Rally.
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