If you’re a powersports nut like we are, then you most likely follow other parallel worlds gas infused fun. If so and you follow off-road two-wheel action you then know KTM has propelled itself to the top of the off-road heap, surpassing the likes of Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, and Suzuki. The Austrian maker has been the bike to beat in Supercross and Motocross and has infused a new level of technology into the off-road motorcycle world. Now KTM is poised to introduce the first fuel-injected two-stroke in their EXC enduro bikes in 2018. As snowmobilers the idea of a high-tech fuel injected two-stroke certainly seems like yesterday’s news. The snowmobile industry has been building injected two-strokes for nearly three decades and undoubtedly is home to the most sophisticated injected two-stroke technology anywhere. Still news of KTM bringing an injected two-stroke to market is still newsworthy as it opens the doors for another possible two-stroke engine option for any would be maker, be it an existing manufacturer or one yet to come. Here’s the full release from KTM:
KTM is pleased to mark a major global milestone by announcing that it will unveil the world’s first serial production fuel injection 2-stroke Enduro machines at an official launch this coming May. The KTM 250 EXC TPI and KTM 300 EXC TPI models will be introduced to the global market as part of the model year 2018 lineup, while the 250 XC-W TPI model will be introduced to the U.S. and Canadian markets.
The Austrian manufacturer is well-known for its revolutionary advancements in technology and now the game-changer is finally here with 2-stroke fuel injection Enduro models being launched as part of the 2018 EXC range. With KTM’s unwavering commitment to being at the very forefront of offroad motorcycle sport, in which the orange brand has achieved many championship wins over the years, the latest, exciting development in technology has come to fruition.
It has been no secret that KTM’s Research and Development department in Mattighofen, Austria has been developing this technology, which offers considerable benefits over carbureted models including drastically reduced fuel consumption while also no-longer having the need to pre-mix fuel or alter the machines’ jetting. Not only that, the new 2-stroke TPI models offer a completely new experience in terms of power delivery and rideability, which once again demonstrates KTM’s commitment to its offroad roots, continuing on from the all-new generation of Enduro machines released last year. As market leaders in this segment, KTM believes the new 2-stroke fuel injection technology, known as TPI (Transfer Port Injection), is revolutionary. More information will be available during the international media launch, which begins on May 15, 2017.
“This is an incredibly exciting development for KTM. We have been developing 2-stroke fuel injection for some time, and our goal was to create competitive motorcycles with all the benefits of fuel injection, while fitting into our READY TO RACE mantra. There has been extensive testing and considerations for our Research and Development team to take into account during this process, so we are very motivated by this next step and world first in technology, as we take a major step forward in this segment. We are certainly looking forward to unveiling the new 2018 KTM 250 EXC TPI and KTM 300 EXC TPI machines in May. In Europe the bikes will arrive at the dealer floors in early summer. In the USA and Canada, the new 2018 KTM 250 XC-W TPI will be available in very limited quantities in late fall,” said Joachim Sauer, KTM Product Marketing Manager.