KTM has announced that it will launch the brand new KTM 250 EXC TPI and KTM 300 EXC TPI in Europe this coming May 15 while American markets will be introduced to the KTM 250 XC-W TPI. The enduro motorcycles will feature KTM’s revolutionary fuel injected 2-stroke engines, to combine the best attributes of the two separate technologies. KTM’s Transfer Port Injection (TPI) is the world’s first and much awaited serial production fuel injection for 2-stroke motors.
“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,” said KTM Product Marketing Manager Joachim Sauer. “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.
While the world has been working on 2-stroke fuel injection for years, major manufacturers may not have wanted to commit past research and development due to a reluctance in weight gain and pricing increase. With stricter emission regulations and Euro4 standards, the time must have been right for KTM to make such a move — especially when Euro5 rules loom in the near future of 2020. Other manufacturers of 2-stroke enduros are also expected to adopt fuel injection in order to meet requirements that continue to grow more complex.
The new 2018 KTM 250 EXC TPI and KTM 300 EXC TPI enduros will see an international media launch on May 15. They should arrive in European showrooms by early summer while the American and Canadian markets will receive limited quantities of the 2018 250 XC-W TPI come late fall.
Note: Motorcycle pictured above is the standard KTM 250 XC Enduro