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KTM Unveils an EVO-Spec 1290 Super Duke R with Semi-Active Suspension

KTM fully revamped the 1290 Super Duke in 2020, with the Austrian outfit updating and upgrading just about every area on the flagship naked superbike. And after previously unveiling the up-specced 180-hp RR-spec back in April, the Ready to Race brand has now revealed another high-end addition to their model range with the 1290 Super Duke R EVO.

Taking aim at models like the Aprilia Tuono V4 Factory and Ducati’s newly-unveiled Streetfighter V4 SP, the new KTM features the 2nd generation of WP’s APEX semi-active suspension system. Capable of being adjusted on the fly, this cutting-edge suspension setup includes a trio of regular modes — COMFORT, STREET, and SPORT — as well as an optional SUSPENSION PRO package that boasts an additional three modes in the form of TRACK, ADVANCED, and AUTO. The EVO’s sharp KISKA-designed bodywork also comes cloaked in a new livery that’s unique to this high-tech model, underneath which sits a liquid-cooled 1,301cc V-Twin making 177hp and 103.25ft-lbs of torque. KTM’s “RACE ON” system also allows owners to start the machine with a key fob in lieu of a traditional key. In addition to boasting connectivity to the KTM MY RIDE app, the R EVO also sports a slew of additional tech such as live tire pressure monitoring, cruise control, traction control, motor slip regulation, and multiple ride models including optional track and performance maps. Other noteworthy elements and features include a composite subframe, a 16-liter steel tank, LED lighting all around, a TFT display, forged aluminum triples, four-pot Brembo Stylema calipers, CAD-designed wheels shod in Bridgestone S22 rubber, a slipper clutch and ride-by-wire throttle, a special R-spec exhaust, Bosch 9.1 ABS with a supermoto mode, and auto-canceling turn signals.

The 2022 KTM 1290 Super Duke R EVO is slated to hit dealerships in January of next year. Pricing on the cutting-edge model has reportedly been set at $19,600 — only a $900 premium over the existing 1290 Super Duke R. And, unlike the track-focused RR-spec, the R EVO will be available on U.S. shores.

Purchase:  $19,600

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