The 2023 KTM 450 Rally Replica is kind of a tease for us with mortal wallets.
Rally Replicas are damn near the unicorns of the moto world.
Never made in great numbers but always stunning to look at and coveted by riders all around the globe, rally replicas could (should?) someday become the adventure bike template from which all are based.
But until then, the vast majority of us will have to sit back and drool with envy because, with the KTM’s 2023 450 Rally Replica, only 70 have been made.
70 bikes for the entire world is a tough pill to swallow given I’d sell a non-essential body part to ride one. But, I honestly don’t think any part of my body is worth the 50-60 thousand dollars it’s likely to go for.
Check out the 2023 Austrian unicorn below.
2023 KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA
KTM PRESS PRESENTATION | 23/06/2023
The KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA comes from the lessons and development achieved through the 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 here.
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 450 cc SOHC single-cylinder engine is refined by the compact Akrapovič exhaust system that also assists the centralization of mass.
The engine makes use of cutting-edge Keihin management and the ECU maps have been adapted and optimized allowing 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 48 mm closed cartridge forks [Cone Valve]
- WP XACT PRO fully-adjustable shock
- Premium-quality Akrapovič exhaust system
- Purposely designed for multi-stage cross-country competition