KTM's 450 Rally Replica is the definition of 'ready to race'

The KTM 450 Rally Replica is back for 2023 with race-winning credentials straight out of the box, and almost two decades of Dakar dominance behind it.

2023 KTM 450 Rally Replica

KTM has launched the 2023 450 Rally Replica, featuring race-winning technology that is ready to go right out of the crate. 

The bike features around 60 horsepower from the SOHC single-cylinder 450cc four-stroke, and a fuel tank that can hold around 35 litres.

That motor is enhanced by an engine management system from Keihin, and a race exhaust from Akropovic; the weight of which ensures a lower centre of mass - crucial for stability in deep sandy dunes and rough rocky areas. 

Suspended by WP XACT PRO suspension both front (48mm with Cone Valve technology) and rear (fully-adjustable shock), and featuring the same specification of steel frame and transmission (from KTM’s technical partner Pankl) as the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team uses, the riders who race the 450 Rally Replica confirm it is about as close as a production bike is going to get to a factory racer coming right out of the box. 

Bradley Cox, Ben Melot and Mason Klein all gave their opinions on KTM’s production rally machine in the video below.

Of course, it is important to remember that, although the paint was the red of GasGas, the machine with which Sam Sunderland won the 2022 Dakar Rally was developed in Mattighofen by the engineers of KTM. 

Previous to that, the Austrian firm’s factory rally project saw victories every year in the Dakar with the 450 between 2011 and 2019, with riders such as Sunderland (2017), Toby Price (2016 and 2019), Matthias Walkner (2018), Cyril Despres (2012 and 2013), and Marc Coma (2011, 2014 and 2015). 

Even before that, KTM won with the 690 Rally, and before that with the LC4 660R. In total, before Honda won in 2020 with Ricky Brabec, KTM won the Dakar Rally every year between 2001 and 2019.

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