The 2020 KTM RC16 features updated aerodynamics and a new chassis
The motorcycle is fitted with a V4 making over 265 hp. The development was concentrated mainly on new aerodynamics and a new chassis to focus on winning races.
The 2020 KTM MotoGP bike was revealed through a streamed presentation on KTM’s digital platforms.
The RC16 motorcycle was under development by test rider Dani Pedrosa. The new bike features an improved aerodynamic package and a new chassis for the 2020 MotoGP season.
The engine is a V4 that revs up to 18,500 rpm to deliver over 265 hp. The electronic system is provided by Magneti Marelli and the electronic package includes a Drive-by-Wire system, Engine Braking, Quickshifter, Traction Control, Wheelie Control, Pit Lane Limiter and Launch Control. The top speed is over 340 kph.
The chassis and gearbox
The 2020 KTM MotoGP bike is fitted with a new steel frame, carbon fibre swingarm, WP front/rear suspension, seamless shift gearbox, an Akrapovic racing exhaust system and forged magnesium wheels. The RC16 has a 22 litres fuel tank and a dry weight of 157 kg.
The motorcycle is equipped with Brembo brakes which come in two options – two 320 mm or 340 mm carbon brake discs for the front fitted with Brembo aluminium callipers.
The 2020 KTM MotoGP bike will be ridden by Pol Espargaro and rookie Brad Binder who is replacing Johann Zarco in the KTM MotoGP Team.
It’s the first MotoGP season for Binder as he raced last year in Moto2 for the KTM satellite team Tech3.
Binder said he doesn’t feel any pressure from the Austrian brand to start racing in the MotoGP class. It’ll be interesting to see how the rookie will adapt to the RC16 bike and how many podium finishes can Espargaro make in the 2020 MotoGP season.
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