KTM’s just revealed its latest race-ready 450 SMR – and it looks brilliant.

Time and time again the Austrian factory has proved it knows what it’s doing when it comes to creating seriously capable lightweight racers – and its new KTM 450 SMR Supermoto is no different.

Lukas Höllbacher took his KTM 450 SMR to the 2022 AMA Supermoto title (and came pretty damn close to claiming the FIM World Championship crown, too). And the latest model promises to be even better yet, thanks to feedback from the man himself.

One of the best things about it, is its 449.9cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine which kicks out a respectable 63hp (and for 2024, KTM has even managed to extend the amount of time you can go between services).

The chassis is pretty cool, too. The frame is hydro-formed, laser-cut and robot-welded, while the reinforced aluminum subframe was created by using computational dynamic studies. Suspension comes in the form of some 48mm WP XACT split front forks with quick access adjusters for compression and rebound, and there’s compression and rebound adjustable WP XACT shock at the rear.

Stopping is taken care of by some Brembo brakes. There’s a 4-piston radial caliper grabbing a 310mm disc at the front, and a single piston unit with a 220mm disc at the rear.

There’re loads of other nice touches, including two selectable engine maps, launch control, traction control and a quickshifter. Oh, and there’s some proper Metzeler Racetec SM K1 Supermoto rubber on lightweight ALPINA alloy rims.

Of course, all that kit comes at a price, and the 2024 KTM 450 SMR will set you back £11,249.

That’s a lot of cash for a 450, but when you consider you’re essentially buying a championship-winning machine, it all makes sense.

Source: morebikes.co.uk