01. Engine & Exhaust
The KTM 250 XC has always represented the very best of unsurpassed power and lightweight construction. The simplicity and low maintenance cost of the 2-Stroke motor have made it a favorite amongst hard-core cross country racers for generations. For 2023, The KTM 250 XC enters the pits with increased performance and an overall engine weight of only 52.6 lb - with a number of ground-up engine ehancements to ensure the KTM 250 XC engine maintains its benchmark as the one to beat.
Pre-mix gets a remix across the 2-Stroke KTM XC range, with Electronic Fuel Injection setting the standard. Now there's no more jetting setup pre-race, and thanks to the all-new Keihin EFI, the ECU coming from Vitesco and reed valve case design, you can be guaranteed of laying down optimal power at any altitude, all of the time.
A 66.4 mm bore, highly innovative electronic exhaust port management, and a machined finish for accurate port timing means the cylinder on the KTM 250 XC does more than just house the piston. It results in much-improved rideability, engine control, and more adjustability of the engine characteristics, thanks to 2 selectable and distinguished engine maps. Also, it's auto-calibrating, meaning there's no more hassle with wrong power valve adjustments.
The cylinder head cover now features an external water temperature sensor located within the tubing for a maximum level of accurate values. A frontal indication makes it close to impossible to mount the cylinder head the wrong way, which not only helps mechanics but also tech-savvy end customers servicing engines by themselves."
An important update across the 2023 KTM XC range is an all-new 39 mm throttle body. Taking its learnings from the 4-strokes, the injectors are positioned in a double-injector pattern to ensure the most efficient flow into the combustion chamber, while the throttle cable is mounted directly without a throttle linkage providing smoother, uninhibited throttle action. This all adds up to cleaner, smoother fuel ignition, and more power without the fuss.
COUNTER BALANCER SHAFT
Only good vibes! The KTM 250 XC features a laterally mounted counter balancer shaft which significantly reduces vibrations, resulting in a smoother and more comfortable ride with less rider fatigue.
Designed with weight reduction and performance in mind, the crankshaft in the KTM 250 XC engine improves throttle response and contributes to the lightweight feel of the motorcycle. The perfect balance of rotating masses is achieved by balancing the weights of the crankshaft flywheel, the new rotor, and thanks to the innovative counter balancer shaft, engine vibration is kept to an absolute minimum.
The new KTM 250 XC engine is designed with mass centralization and weight reduction as the main criteria. As a result, the crankcases have been designed to house the internal components of the engine in the perfect position to achieve an ideal center of gravity, while adding the least possible weight. The casings are manufactured using a high-pressure die-cast production process, resulting in thinner but more reliable wall thickness. And just to add a little extra - the KTM brand logo gives the black powder-coated engine cover the ultimate READY TO RACE look.
More compact but with added 'Braaap!', the header pipes on the 2023 KTM XC range provide exceptional ground clearance for when the going gets extra tricky, while a compact lightweight aluminum silencer provides the signature 2-Stroke soundtrack.
The KTM 250 XC features a DDS (Dampened Diaphragm Steel) clutch, which includes a single-diaphragm steel pressure plate instead of traditional coil springs. It integrates a damping system for better traction and durability. The clutch basket is a single-piece CNC-machined steel component, which has been revised to accomodate the new gearbox in 2023, and continues to allow the use of thin steel liners that contribute to the compact design of the engine.