Two of the most amazing motorcycles we have tested recently come from KTM, including the 1290 Super Duke R and the 1190 Adventure. Engine performance for both bikes is at the top of their respective classes. The Super Duke R, for instance, brings a new level of engine performance to the production Naked category.
So it is no secret that KTM is targeting class-leading performance in virtually every category on the street. Together with the announcement that KTM will contest the MotoGP championship beginning in 2017, news of a new superbike to replace the v-twin 1190 RC8 R has surfaced.
KTM’s MotoGP machine will be a 1,000 cc v-four. No surprise, really, as this engine configuration already predominates in MotoGP. To go along with its MotoGP ambitions, you can expect KTM to introduce a v-four superbike sometime next year.
Spy photos have even emerged of a more powerful Adventure bike containing a version of the 1290 R engine! Since the current 1190 Adventure is already plenty fast (pictured above), this new development might be overkill. Then again, overkill seems to be a KTM trait.
Will KTM eventually go after the Kawasaki ZX-14R and the Suzuki Hayabusa. We wouldn’t be surprised.