KTM's development team considered a midsize V-twin before deciding that a parallel twin, more compact and less expensive to produce, was a better bet. The DOHC, eight-valve unit (which KTM calls the LC8c, for Liquid-Cooled 8-valve "compact") has its crankpins offset by 75 degrees (as opposed to the more common 180-degree orientation) to give an irregular firing order, and it is tuned as much for midrange torque as top-end power. The engine's two balance shafts allow it to be employed as a stressed member of the frame, which in KTM tradition is made from tubular steel. An aluminium rear subframe encloses the airbox, whose intakes are below the seat on either side. The WP suspension specification is basic, with non-adjustable 43mm fork and a rear shock with adjustable preload (using a C-spanner rather than remote knob).