The KTM Super Duke 1290 is the big daddy of all the Dukes. ‘Duke’ is the nameplate of the Austrian bike maker’s range of naked street fighters.
The elaborate international range currently starts at Duke 125 and goes all the way to the Super Duke 990. The Super Duke 1290 will sit at the very top as the flagship.
The good news is, KTM India is not gonna stop with the Duke 390. During yesterday’s launch presentation, the company announced its intention to expand the product portfolio in the future.
The Super Duke 1290 is one of that candidate which would enter India, not as a volume sportsbike but as a brand shaper. The wild looking naked beast will be sold in limited numbers in India.
The prototype shows the things to come. With a 1,195cc V-Twin powerhouse, the Super Duke is expected to have a power output well in the excess of 150bhp. That should result in insane performance figures.
The Super Duke will be competing with the likes of other superbikes like the Honda CBR 1000R, Yamaha FZ-1, etc. KTM is expected to import the bike as a CBU but given that the company has access to Bajaj’s Chakan plant, it could even toy the idea of assembling the superbike locally.
A local CKD assembly would definitely put KTM in the lead as far as pricing is concerned. KTM Super Duke 1290 is India bound