Prior to the unveiling of KTM’s 2023 motocross and cross-country models, we all got a preview of them with the 2022 KTM 250 SX-F Factory Edition and 2022 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition. Along with the slew of chassis and suspension changes, the SX-F and XC-F machines received extensive engine updates. For the 250, the goal was to create a more user-friendly powerband. In other words, find more low-end and midrange power. KTM not only provided that, but also managed to increase peak figures at the same time.
On our in-house dyno, the 250 SX-F Factory Edition spun 41.0 hp and 19.4 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s an increase of 1.2 hp and 0.3 lb.-ft. of torque at peak over the 250 SX-F, which was already the most powerful standard-model 250 four-stroke motocross bike on the Dirt Rider dyno this year.
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In fact, the only quarter-liter four-stroke that makes more power than the 250 SX-F Factory Edition is the 2022 Husqvarna FC 250 Rockstar Edition, which is identical to it except for the airbox, bodywork, and handlebar. Seeing as the respective 2023 models feature all of the same updates as the ‘22 Edition versions (minus the bling parts), we won’t be shocked if the orange and white Austrian 250Fs are class leaders on the dyno once again in 2023.