The Austrian manufacturer is moving fast. Although the Superduke R was revamped for 2017, KTM is working on a new model. It's nothing official, but the spy shot published by MCN shows clearly that KTM is cooking something new. Is this an Euro5 compliant Duke or KTM can’t stop improving their models?
The new emission regulations will cut off at least 30% of the Euro4 emissions so these new engines might be the only solution. Although the engine seems to be the same LC8 V2, we can see that KTM fitted a larger radiator than the one on the current model and a bigger catalytic converter.
The frame is redesigned but it's still a steel trellis like the current bike. The rear subframe seems to be changed and it's no longer made out of steel. It seems to be an aluminium subframe chosen by KTM to cut off some weight. The looks a bit changed making the new Super Duke look a bit slimmer and sharper than before.
The swingarm looks a bit more robust, and we intend to think there’s a different one used for the test bike. This change will offer the new Super Duke R increased rigidity and more room for the exhaust routing.
The new Euro5 KTM Super Duke R is less probably to arrive this year at the EICMA. The current model still has what it takes to gain some fans for the next two years. A new Super Duke will be presented most likely in the fall of 2019, and it will be available starting with 2020 until then we will keep you updated on this matter.