KTM 450 Rally Replica back to dominate the dirt in 2023

Rally-inspired styling is the current trend in the adventure bike market. Competitors such as the Yamaha Tenere 700, Aprilia Tuareg 660 and Ducati DesertX rely on this rally adjacency to bolster their off-road prowess. However, KTM’s 450 Rally Replica doesn’t just dress the part, it has the CV to back up those looks.

A Dakar Rally victory may have eluded the Austrian brand since 2019, but Matthias Walkner, Sam Sunderland and Toby Price have still claimed the last three off-road world rally championships aboard the 450 Rally. The 2023 KTM 450 Rally Replica builds on that racing and title platform by retaining the same compact Chromoly steel frame and Pankl drivetrain used by the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team.

Team Orange’s 449cc SOHC fuel-injected single-cylinder engine nestles perfectly into this racing frame, and a standard Akrapovič exhaust system sharpens factory power pulses and centralizes mass. The Keihin engine management system, 44mm throttle body and Twin Air filter work together to optimize performance. KTM even tuned the ECU maps for maximum punch while retaining the smooth throttle application of the 450 Rally Replica.

With a 48mm closed-cartridge WP XACT PRO fork up front and a fully adjustable WP XACT PRO shock at the rear, the special-edition model is ready to tackle the toughest terrain. To aid in these campaigns, KTM tunes the cast-aluminum swingarm for the ideal flex characteristics, while the linkage system benefits from stability and bottoming resistance.

Based on feedback from elite rally drivers, the design team designed a cockpit that distinguishes between comfort and performance. The bike’s narrow midsection, ergonomic contact points and carbon fiber navigation tower make life in the saddle and on the pegs a lot easier.

As 450 Rally Replicas are rendered, KTM will limit production to just 70 units. The Ready to Race brand has yet to announce pricing or availability, but we can expect MSRP to hover around the €25,900 (US$30,986) MSRP of the 2022 model. Whether you’re a privateer racer or an ardent backcountry explorer, the 2023 KTM 450 Rally Replica doesn’t just have the rally looks, it also has the rally capability to dominate the dirt.

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