KTM is teasing a new model it plans on unveiling at EICMA next week by releasing a recording of its engine note. That recording, which you can listen to on the Austrian company’s blog, is…epic. So what is it?
The most heavily rumored product is of course the KTM 390 Duke, a larger, more powerful take on the firm’s new small-capacity range. But, at least to my uneducated ear, the sound heard here is too strong, too two-cylindery for a 373cc single.
If we go back to that leaked dealer meeting slide, published first here on HFL, we can see that in addition to the mid-capacity Duke, there’s also mention of a new SuperDuke. Engine capacities on that slide have been shown to be somewhat off, but it stands to reason that such a bike would use a version of the LC8 v-twin, first seen in the 173bhp RC8 superbike and most recently in the 148bhp KTM 1190 Adventure. In either tune, or in one that’s halfway between the two, that’d be a substantial upgrade over the old 990 SuperDuke’s 123bhp.