The KTM RC 200 has long been the favorite of both sporty commuters and track day aficionados alike. It really is the first of its kind—a small-displacement sportbike that offered the ergonomics and handling properties of a full-fledged superbike. While the previous generation RC 200 was mostly used on the street, it was undoubtedly designed as a solid, beginner-friendly track tool. With sharp bodywork, a lightweight chassis, and a punchy motor, everything about the first-generation RC 200 was designed for both street and track use.
Now, for the 2022 model year, KTM has completely revamped the RC 200, bringing the little sportbike into a class of its own. Everything about the RC 200 is new, and has resulted in it being sharper and more performance oriented than ever before. KTM Philippines debuted the bike in the local market last March 19, 2022, in none other than Batangas Racing Circuit. The event saw eager attendees consisting of friends from the motoring media, fellow KTM owners, as well as special guest influencers.
The first thing that will strike you about the new RC 200 is definitely its looks. Gone is the subtle headlight and razor-sharp styling, and instead, we find a large, centrally mounted headlight surrounded by a bulbous front fairing. The entire body has been redesigned to offer a more ergonomic fit that makes the bike even better-suited for track riding. In terms of suspension, the new RC 200 receives premium 43 mm WP front forks mated to a preload-adjustable WP monoshock. While it doesn’t feature any adjustability, it does, however, feel adequately damped for both road and track use.
The new KTM RC 200 finally offers dual-channel ABS as standard. Furthermore, it allows the rider to choose ABS settings, and even has supermoto mode, allowing the rider to switch off ABS at the rear. This allows skilled riders to perform maneuvers such as slides, skids, and stunts in a closed and controlled environment. All these features can be configured via the bike’s new full-color TFT instrument panel, similar to what we find in the 390 Duke and 390 Adventure.
At the heart of the new RC 200 is a 200cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, single-cylinder engine. Updates to the powertrain consist of improved airflow, resulting in cooler operating temperatures and a maximum power output of 26 horsepower and 19.5 Nm of torque. KTM Philippines has pegged the price of the new RC 200 at P198,000. It’s available in two Ready to Race colorways consisting of black and orange, and silver and black.