KTM’S nuts future on show in Milan
Hubert Trunkenpolz is KTM’S chief sales officer, and MCN grabbed him in Milan last week to quiz him about the inner details of the firm’s new 790 Duke prototype.
“KTM makes single cylinder and V-twin engines, but the parallel-twin engine is the best solution if you want an ultra compact twin cylinder that still delivers a reasonable amount of power,” says Trunkenpolz. “The Vtwin that we use on the bigger bikes is larger, and therefore you need to build a bigger motorcycle around it. For a mid-class bike, we decided an 800cc parallel-twin would be correct, but for it to be a true KTM engine it needs to be strong and well built, as well as meeting the price expectation that this segment demands.
“Price is crucial in the middleweight class and our bike will not compete with the MT-07 in terms of price - it will be more expensive. The 790 Duke will come in two versions and the stronger one will have around 115bhp, which is very high for the segment. It will also come in a lower power 97bhp model for country-specific licence reasons. I can’t reveal any torque figures as it is still in development, but it will have a comprehensive electronics package that will be of a similar level to the 1290 Super Duke R in terms of the 790 R model. Everything available on the Super Duke R will be on the 790 Duke R, as that is what people expect on a KTM R version.
“The 790 Duke will be on dealers’ floors in early 2018 and the engine and whole bike will be built in Austria. In the future it is certainly a platform model and we will make several other versions that will be typical KTM models, but I can’t say what these will be or when they will arrive.
“People look at the 790 and think we will stop the 690’s production, but we will not, it will remain for sure. It’s a niche bike and we would disappoint a fair few riders if we removed it. The big single is something very special and is loved by many riders and so there is no need to take it out of the range.”
Motogp replica is on the way
“Motogp is one of the biggest pushes you can do for a brand, so much so you don’t need a superbike in your road bike model line-up. However, we have a Motogp track-only replica in mind and it will be a very small volume trackday weapon! It will also be incredibly expensive!”
The 790 Duke will be available in early 2018