INSIGHT: KTM’S 2023 450 RALLY REPLICA
We all know that KTM as a brand is best known for its long-standing mantra: “Ready To Race”. And perhaps there’s no better example of that philosophy than the Austrian company’s 450 Rally Replica; a machine bred directly from the race weapons that have carried KTM to so much success in the Dakar Rally and FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship over the past two decades.
Check out KTM’s recent PR that highlights the machine’s top-shelf componentry, plus listen to what KTM 450 Rally Replica riders, Mason Klein, Bradley Cox and Benjamin Melot, had to say about this limited-edition, out-of-the-crate race weapon.
The KTM 450 Rally Replica comes from the lessons and development achieved through dominance of the Dakar Rally this century, as well as a number of victories and titles in the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship. This is unfiltered and refined technology engineered to abuse stopwatches. It will endure even the harshest requests from the most skilled and grizzled rally campaigner.
The KTM 450 Rally Replica is ready to cater for the racing demands of privateers, upcoming or more experienced racers alike. To prove the point, we asked KTM 450 Rally Replica riders Mason Klein, Bradley Cox and Benjamin Melot to share their feedback.
The bike’s superiority comes from a series of state-of-the-art components that accentuate its racing spirit. Chief among those is the advanced WP XACT Pro suspension that provides the ideal mix between acute feel, traction and consistent performance. Weight is minimal and the surge from the 450cc SOHC single-cylinder engine is refined by the compact Akrapovič exhaust system that also assists the centralisation of mass.
The engine makes use of a cutting-edge Keihin management and the ECU maps have been adapted and optimised to allow ideal power delivery. A Pankl transmission is of the same spec as the one used by Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, and the use of a compact chrome-moly steel frame also comes straight from the race team’s spec.
Ergonomics are sculpted for competition, giving the rider the closest connection possible to both the bike and terrain while putting ability and stability to the fore. Every aspect of the 2023 KTM 450 Rally Replica has been through the rally and racing wringer. There is simply no better guarantee of making the finish fast.
2023 KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA – HIGHLIGHTS
- Limited-edition Ready To Race model
- Unrivalled 450cc SOHC fuel-injected engine
- Race-spec chassis developed through competition
- WP XACT Pro 48mm closed-cartridge fork (Cone Valve)
- WP XACT Pro fully adjustable shock
- Premium-quality Akrapovič exhaust system
- Purposely designed for multi-stage cross-country competition