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KTM’S 2023 ENDURO MODELS: UNVEILED

4 weeks ago | Words: Andy Wigan | Photos: KTM Images

Just as we saw with KTM’s 2022 MX model range a year ago, the Austrian brand’s 2023 enduro models, revealed earlier this week, only get refinements: fresh looks and some tweaked suspension and mapping settings.

Compared with the predominantly orange plastics on the 2022 enduro range, their 2023 counterparts get a white rear guard, white fork protectors and more white in the radiator shroud graphics (the “white, purple and orange color scheme come together into a seamlessly blended palette” and “pays homage to the early ‘90s enduro models”, according to KTM’s PR) – which makes them look closer to KTM’s 2022 MX models. Interesting also is the fact that the frame has changed from black to orange for 2023 – a move that typically signals that these models will be the last of the current generation.

The 2023 KTM EXC and EXC-F models will be landing on KTM dealer floors in Australia and New Zealand from July 2022. Prices are yet to be confirmed.

Here’s a cool little promo vid about KTM’s 2023 enduro range, and the full transcript of KTM’s PR about the new bikes…

KTM has dominated enduro competition for a number of decades, with the newest iteration of the 2023 KTM EXC and EXC-F models set to continue the trend. Boasting an updated design, orange-coated Chromoly steel frame, race-proven WP XPLOR suspension at each end, and real Ready To Race credentials, the 2023 KTM Enduro range is the one to beat.

Offering the most extensive Ready To Race competition Enduro line-up on the market, starting with the enduro underdog KTM 150EXC two-stroke and topping out with the class-leading power KTM 500EXC-F four-stroke, the 2023 KTM Enduro range caters to all riders and terrain.

New for 2023, an all-new graphic design and white, purple and orange color scheme come together into a seamlessly blended palette. This color scheme was specifically chosen by the designers to pay homage to the early ‘90s enduro models, setting the 2023 KTM Enduro range apart from anything else on the trails.

The looks are further emphasized with the use of a race-inspired orange-coated Chromoly steel frame. Not only does this echo the styling on full-factory race machines, but also provides the perfect backbone to set off the 2023 graphics pack.

In terms of engines, the two-stroke model range once again takes its place and is the leader in the paddock, making use of KTM’s patented Transfer Port Injection (TPI) technology. Not only has this ensured fewer emissions and fuel consumption, but also provides smooth and strong power delivery from the bottom right through to the top end of the rev-range.

The four-stroke model range provides the most concise offering of models, starting with the KTM 250EXC-F and KTM 350EXC-F and topping out with the powerhouses KTM 450EXC-F and KTM 500EXC-F. All models in the four-stroke range benefit from class-winning engines, engineered to deliver massive torque down low with class-leading power delivery at higher RPMs.

These are flanked by the ever-popular KTM EXC SIX DAYS range, which offers a special tribute to the upcoming 2022 FIM International Six Days Enduro in France, combining the very latest in innovation with an extensive list of race-derived parts as standard.

Every motorcycle in the range gets fully adjustable WP XPLOR suspension as standard, with the advantage of a Progressive Damping System (PDS) on the rear. The PDS layout – a staple across KTM EXC and EXC-F models – offers lower maintenance due to fewer moving parts, but provides more ground clearance, with less chance of hooking up when climbing logs or rocks.

As always, and thanks to KTM’s global network of dealers, the availability of support and parts needed to compete at the highest level are easily accessible, with the added availability of dedicated KTM PowerWear and KTM PowerParts designed to allow for the highest levels of performance, protection, and mobility for all off-road riders and racers.

The 2023 KTM Enduro range is derived from years at the top level of off-road racing and brings together a dynamic combination of race-bred performance, ergonomics, and technology ready to tackle any terrain.

For more info and images of these 2023 EXC and EXC-F machines, check out KTM’s website.

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