For the first time since KTM acquired the Husqvarna brand, a factory edition version of the FC 450 has been released. While the two bikes share much of the same features, there are key differences between the new 2018 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition and 2018 Husqvarna FC 450 Rockstar Edition. Specifically, the chassis of the Husqvarna has been stiffened slightly in several areas and the composite subframe has been redesigned to be lighter and perform better. The machine also saw an overhaul of the bodywork, making it much slimmer, and a host of aftermarket parts come standard on the Rockstar Edition. Make sure to watch the launch video of the new machine, and continue to stay tuned for more details and a test of the 2018 FC 450 Rockstar Edition in the coming weeks.
The full press release from Husqvarna is posted below…
Remaining committed to innovative product development, Husqvarna Motorcycles have used top-level competition as its base for the development of the new FC 450 ROCKSTAR EDITION. Offering a series of major engine and chassis advances, this special motorcycle ideally matches a clean and unique design with outstanding on-track performance. Among a series of key engine upgrades, a more compact SOHC cylinder head brings a significant reduction in the external dimensions and the overall weight of the 4-stroke power-plant.
Continuing to set the standard in the 450cc class, the engine features an updated cooling system, a Pankl gearbox, and a new exhaust system. Designed with the goal of offering increased rigidity, the stiffened frame works in collaboration with a 0.5 lb (250g) lighter subframe and a stiffer upper triple clamp. A series of special parts such as a carbon fiber skid plate, a Rekluse billet clutch cover, updated ProTaper handlebars and a standard holeshot device strengthen the link to the team's factory machines.
With redesigned bodywork taking design and functionality to a new level, the FC 450 ROCKSTAR EDITION combines race-winning performance with unique aesthetics straight out of the showroom. The all-new FC 450 ROCKSTAR EDITION will be available from February 2018 at authorized Husqvarna Motorcycles Dealers solely in North America.
For all details on pricing please refer to Husqvarna Motorcycles North America.
Together with the introduction of the new FC 450 ROCKSTAR EDITION, Husqvarna Motorcycles are proud to introduce a bespoke series of exclusive clothing. Featuring a selection of motorsport replica paddock wear and a series of lifestyle items, the ROCKSTAR FACTORY TEAM COLLECTION will be available during the first quarter of 2018.