KTM’S nuts fu­ture on show in Mi­lan

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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

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