KTM has announced an upspecced version of its popular junior sports bike, the RC390, aimed at young racers looking to compete in Supersport300 championships around the world.
The new RC390R, of which just 500 will be made for sale around the world, features uprated and fully adjustable WP suspension, a more extreme riding position, machined levers and shorter intake trumpets to improve the spread of power from the 373cc single cylinder engine. The Austrian manufacturer will also make up to 50 race kits for competition use, which provides race teams with 230 individual parts to turn the RC390R into a potential race winner.
The RC390 has been a common sight on racetracks as part of the one-make RC390 Cup series taking part around the world, however the KTM was conspicuous by its absence from the inaugural Supersport300 World Championship last year – where twin cylinder models from Honda, Kawasaki and Yamaha proved the bikes of choice.
KTM entered the final round of the 2017 series with a prototype bike, which did well but was not homologated for racing purposes. The R model, which has largely been developed by British former Grand Prix ace Jeremy McWilliams, will come at a cost though. No prices have been announced yet for the UK, but the German price will be 8,500 Euros (£7,400), with another 11,000 Euros (£9,600) for the optional race kit.