Christmas is just around the corner, and that means it’s the season for … 2023 motocross model updates. To that end, we’ve just got a note confirming the KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition will be here in Canada in early 2023, if you want a machine that’s built to run with the pros.
This is not a complete overhaul of the 450 model; we got that for 2022. Instead, KTM says it tweaked last year’s machine, with new fork and shock settings. There’s a new Akrapovic slip-on titanium exhaust , and Hinson provides a clutch cover. None of these changes are particularly expensive to make, but they build on lessons learned from racing the bike in ’22.
Now, KTM’s factory teams and other racers are prepping for 2023, with AMA Supercross about to begin, along with the new SuperMotocross World Championship. To that end, this machine comes with a factory racing package that includes a trick seat and wheels, a semi-floating front brake disc, a factory start device (sourced in-house from WP). There’s a carbon-reinforced skid plate, an orange-anodized triple clamp, and lock-on grips from ODI. The airbox cover is vented, and KTM added even more bling with a gold drivechain.
Flashy stuff indeed! The bike is supposed to be on Canadian showroom floors in about a month. KTM hasn’t provided an MSRP yet, but then, they rarely do—that’s usually an “ask your dealer” arrangement. More info in the press release below:
SAME STANDARDS, NEW BENCHMARK: MAKE THE DIFFERENCE WITH THE 2023 KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION
CHAMBLY, QC. – The conclusion of another year and the fast approaching dates of a new season of AMA Supercross racing can only mean one thing: the arrival of the 2023 KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION and the chance to get as close as possible to Red Bull KTM Factory Racing equipment, prestige and race-winning potential. The latest limited-edition FACTORY EDITION comes as the U.S. racing campaign gets ready to launch the longest and most spectacular season to-date with the SuperMotocross World Championship.
The 2023 KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION is a fully-outfitted and READY TO RACE incarnation of the current KTM 450 SX-F, the machine that forged a fresh standard in the industry for handling, power, engineering and technology upon its release in the summer of 2022. The SOHC 4-stroke engine delivers knockout power across the RPM range and weighs less than 60 lb (27 kg). This compact powerplant oozes usable torque from every cc of displacement and is harnessed by innovative electronics like launch control, traction control, two selectable maps and an industry-leading Quickshifter.
The new generation of KTM SX-Fs blasted out of gates and straight into contention during 2022. The altered ergonomics they showcased improved the rider ‘triangle’ for tight centralization of mass and enhanced control. The innovative ‘anti-squat’ concept of the frame and chassis (with reinforced aluminum subframe) complimented the revised engine position for increased centralization. The whole bike was augmented with cutting-edge hardware including an all-new WP shock with tool-free adjustment. For the 2023 KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION, the reworking and refinement continue with new settings on the WP XACT fork and shock, resulting from the development and continuous testing of the R&D and Motorsport departments.
The 2023 KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION is a work of competitive art. While KTM has applied a litany of KTM PowerParts to boost function and performance, the aesthetics of this exclusive model are second to none. 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 starting line. Further, the orange factory racing seat, wheels, triple clamps, carbon skid plate and front brake disc guard, WP start device and ODI lock on grip offer that unbeatable factory touch. Most notable for the new year is the fitment of the ultra-light and super-powerful Akrapovič slip-on titanium exhaust and the durable and stylish Hinson clutch cover.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing will soon roll into action in ‘23. The stadium lights will flick on and illuminate the 2023 AMA Supercross season on January 7 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, before visiting 12 states for 17 rounds and then wading into the three-race spectacle that is the inaugural SuperMotocross World Championship contest in October. Forming the base of the factory machine Cooper Webb, Marvin Musquin and Aaron Plessinger will contest the 450SX season on is the 2023 KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION. Others riding and racing this incredible machine might not reach the speed or fly as high as Webb, Musquin or Plessinger, but they can look the part and enjoy the right performance specs to nudge them 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’ muffler
// Semi-floating front brake disc
// Factory racing front brake disc guard (carbon reinforced)
// Factory racing skid plate (carbon reinforced)
// 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
// Gold chain
The limited edition 2023 KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION will be available at authorized KTM dealers from early 2023 onward.
For more information visit KTM.COM.