To be positioned between Duke 690 & Duke 1200, the new KTM Duke 790 will be powered by an 800cc parallel twin engine.
KTM, the Austrian bike maker had showcased the new Duke series at the 2016 EICMA. Alongside the new Duke 390 & 1290 Super Duke R, the company also revealed the new KTM Duke 790. The early prototype of the motorcycle is all set to enter into the production. In fact, the company has already started testing the motorcycle. It is expected that the new KTM Duke 790 India will also be launched in the country in 2018.
The new Duke 790 will be positioned between the Duke 690 and the Duke 1200. It will be powered by a new 800cc parallel-twin engine mounted on a steel frame. The company is also working on an all-new 790 Adventure motorcycle, which will also get the same 800cc parallel-twin engine. Power will be transmitted to the rear wheels via a 6-speed gearbox. KTM claims that the new 790 Duke will bring “unparalleld poise, telepathic levels of feedback and lightness that’s off the scale”. Read More – New KTM Duke 390 India Launch Details
The company is yet to confirm that the Duke 790 will come to India or not, but we expect this motorcycle might come to India as KTM’s flagship motorcycle. A possible debut at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo can’t be ignored, while the launch could take place towards the end of next year. Read More – 2017 KTM Duke 200 Launch Details
The company might locally develop the Duke 790 to price it competitively. If locally developed, the naked streetfighter could be priced around 6 lakh. As CBU, the model will be priced over Rs 8 lakh.
This motorcycle is powered by a parallel twin-cylinder engine which is named LC8c. In the name, ‘c’ stands for compact. The exact power figures are yet to be announced, but we expect this engine could produce around 100 to 100bhp of power and 70-80Nm of torque. Power will be transmitted to the rear wheels via a 6-speed gearbox. It is likely to offer multiple riding modes.
The production-spec model will share most of its components from the bigger KTMs and the Duke 790 prototype. The vehicle showcased was equipped with WP suspension, ride-by-wire throttle, single-seat, multiple rider modes, multi-level traction control, an IMU, and phone connectivity. Instead of the 3D printed parts, the production model gets new exhaust system. Features like forks, front brake calipers and discs, wheels and swingarm will be sourced from the concept.
The bike has already been spotted testing on European roads. Compared to the prototype, the production-spec model gets a pillion seat, a new subframe, grab handle, silver lower triple clamp and a more comfortable riders seat. The headlamps seems shared with the bigger 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R.