KTM unveil 2023 KTM 450 SX-F Factory edition
The conclusion of another year and fast approaching dates for brand new racing calendars can only mean one thing: the chance to get as close as possible to Red Bull KTM Factory Racing equipment, prestige and potential with the arrival of the 2023 KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION. The latest limited-edition version of the company’s outstanding dirtbike comes as the AMA Supercross campaign gets ready to launch ahead of the longest and most spectacular season to-date.
The 2023 KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION is a fully optimised and race-ready sculpture of the current KTM 450 SX-F that created a fresh standard in the industry for handling, power, engineering and competitiveness upon its presentation during the summer of 2022. The SOHC 4-stroke engine delivers a knockout 68 hp and weighs less than 27 kg. The motor oozes usable torque from every square centimetre and is harnessed through launch control, a Quickshifter, two maps, a redesigned airbox, exhaust system and a series of other modifications befitting a motorcycle expected to fight for title success.
The altered ergonomics have improved the rider ‘triangle’ for tight centralisation and enhanced feeling. The innovative ‘anti-squat’ concept of the frame and chassis (with reinforced aluminum subframe) compliments the revised engine position for increased centralisation. The whole bike is augmented with cutting-edge hardware from WP Suspension and the forks and rear shock can be adjusted easier than ever thanks to the tool-free configuration. The suspension benefits from refined settings, which have been mined from all the R&D work and data sourced from Motorsports.
The new generation of KTM SX-Fs blasted out of gates and straight into contention during 2022. Cooper Webb and Marvin Musquin were both searching for AMA 450SX podiums and victories while the KTM 250 SX-F saw the quarter-liter incarnation immediately racking up Grand Prix wins and ultimately the 2022 MX2 world title with Tom Vialle; who now takes the bike into AMA 250SX Supercross for ’23.
For the 2023 KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION, KTM has applied a litany of KTM PowerParts to boost the function, the aesthetics and the exclusivity of the model. The bike is immediately distinctive due to the orange frame and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing graphics set. These details define the KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION on any track or trail. Elsewhere the orange factory racing seat, wheels, triple clamp, carbon skid plate, carbon front brake disc and guard come with an Akrapovič slip-on exhaust kit, Hinson clutch cover, WP start device and ODI lock on grip set among other additions.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing will soon roll into action. The stadium lights will flick on and illuminate the 2023 AMA Supercross season from January 7 at the Angel Stadium, Anaheim in California, before visiting 12 states for 17 rounds and then wading into the three-race spectacle that is the inaugural SuperMotocross contest in October. Those riding and racing the 2023 KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION might not reach the speed or skill of Musquin, Webb, Aaron Plessinger or Vialle but they can look the part and reach the nearest performance specs to nudge nearer to the dream.
2023 KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION HIGHLIGHTS
// Factory racing seat (orange)
// Factory wheels (black rims, orange hub, orange sprockets, black spokes)
// Akrapovič ‘slip-on’ line // Semi-floating front brake disc
// Factory racing front brake disc guard (carbon reinforced version)
// Factory racing skid plate (carbon reinforced version)
// Factory racing triple clamp (orange anodized)
// Factory start device (wp)
// ODI lock-on gray grip set
// Hinson outer clutch cover
// Vented airbox cover
// Orange sprocket
// Golden chain
The 2023 KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION will be produced in limited numbers and with worldwide distribution. Enquiries and pre-orders can be made at any Authorized KTM dealer, with shipment expected for December 2022.
For any additional information visit ktm.com.
Words: Press Release