Official: KTM Are Producing Fuel-Injected Two Stroke Engines!
That’s right, the Austrian wizards are putting fuel-injected two stroke engines into production, and they’ll be available from 2018 onward. This is one of the coolest things we’ve heard for a while. Why? Because we were fairly convinced that the days of the good old fashioned two smoker were done and dusted. However, KTM had decided to give their R&D department a mammoth task, and they’ve done it superbly well. Will this be a new dawn for the glorious two stoke engine? Maybe…
KTM have announced that the will be introducing their new fuel injection system (called Transfer Port Injection, or “TPI” to its friends) to its 2018 enduro range. We’re hoping to get the first official look at these sometime in the next couple of months…we were already looking forward to what they had on offer, but this blows our original expectations out of the water.
From what we understand the new fuel-injected two stroke engines will be available for the KTM 250 EXC TPI and the KTM 300 EXC TPI all over the world. However, the USA and Canada will be getting a third option: the KTM 250 XC-W TPI. Who said that Europe gets all the fun?
Why Go Through The Effort Of Developing Fuel-Injected Two Stroke Engines?
If you’ve never had a ride on a two stroke motorcycle, you’re missing out. Or rather you already missed out, since the supply and demand for these blue smoke shooting beauties has waned over the last few years. Heavy emissions laws, economic considerations and the general improvement of four stroke engines had irrevocably damaged the segment, or so we though.
This new innovation from KTM could very well help bring two strokes back into the limelight. The new fuel injection system promises better fuel consumption, an end to the days of pre-mixing yourself, and more power on that throttle. We’ve got no confirmation whether it gets the full Euro4 seal of approval, but the term “global” in the press release convinces us that the engines probably are. However, “global” could just mean Asia, where the two stroke still has a popular following. We’re hoping it means global in the proper sense of the word though…Because we want the two stroke to live again!
Here’s what KTM’s Product Marketing Manager, Joachim Sauer, had to say about it all: “This is an incredibly exciting development for KTM. We have been developing two-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, and in the U.S. and Canada, the new 2018 250 XC-W TPI will be available in very limited quantities in late fall.”
Where do we sign?