When KTM provides its SX and SX-F motocrossers an entire overhaul, the Austrian producer doesn’t make its cross-country motorbike shoppers wait a whole yr or extra for his or her fashions of curiosity to obtain the identical therapy. It helps that the XC and XC-Fs share a lot in frequent with their MX-focused counterparts by way of elements together with the body, subframe, swingarm, engines, suspension, and bodywork.
On the prime of the heap in KTM’s cross-country mannequin lineup is the 450 XC-F, which has confirmed to be fairly the weapon within the fingers of FMF KTM Manufacturing facility Racing riders akin to Dante Oliveria, who used it to win the 2022 AMA Nationwide Grand Prix Championship (NGPC) title, and likewise races it within the AMA West Hare Scramble Sequence (WHS). His youthful brother Mateo may even pilot KTM’s flagship cross-country racer in NGPC this yr in addition to the World Off Street Championship Sequence (WORCS).
After being given a 2023 KTM 450 XC-F to check, the very first thing we did was weigh it on our automotive scales. At 246 kilos moist, it gained 6 kilos over the earlier era (2019–2022) mannequin. On the Grime Rider dyno, the Austrian producer’s 450cc four-stroke engine produced 54.6 hp at 9,500 rpm and 33.0 lb.-ft. of torque at 7,000 rpm. When it comes to peak figures, that’s a rise of two.5 hp and reduce of 0.8 lb.-ft of torque in comparison with the prior platform. Now it’s time to take the all-new 450 XC-F to the paths and observe to see the way it performs within the dust.
2023 KTM 450 XC-F Engine Specs