Yes we did! By limiting itself to a 350cc capacity, KTM intends to transfer the sensational success of the 350 SX-F in the Motocross World Championship to the Enduro segment. The basic tenet of combining the low weight of a 250 with the power of a 450 will give the 350 EXC-F the edge. Combining massive performance with awesome agility makes for efficient, energy-saving rideability, which is at least as important in Enduro competitions as it is in Motocross races.
The power of a 450, the agility of a 250
Due to its sophisticated design with an electronic fuel injection and state-of-the-art engine management, the 350 EXC-F Factory's DOHC single has nearly the same output as a 450cc power pack. At the same time though, it is as compact as a four-stroke 250 and has the low weight and dynamic response of the smaller capacity. To make it even easier for the rider to fully exploit the advantages of this innovative engine, the brand new factory bike also joins the fray in the 2011 Enduro WC with newly designed bodywork and a completely new chassis.
First the World Championship, then serial production
Entering racing competitions well ahead of mass production is a proven tradition with KTM. Only after the best off-road riders in the world have gone through with a merciless testing regiment on all kinds of tracks and in any weather, and given their approval, the KTM off-road competition models are good enough for the Enduro enthusiasts of the world. Experience from Enduro sports and feedback from the most successful offroad factory team take a direct influence on KTM's serial production.