KTM calls the Duke 790 prototype as the 'Scalpel'.
The KTM 790 Duke prototype was showcased for the first time at the EICMA 2016 in November. The bike has been rendered by IAB’s automotive illustrator Shoeb Kalania. The middleweight motorcycle is currently being developed in Austria.
Promising "unparalleled poise, telepathic levels of feedback and lightness that’s off the scale," the KTM 790 Duke is KTM’s answer the ever evolving middleweight segment. At the heart of the bike is a newly developed inline twin called the LC8c, where ‘c’ stands for compact, with an output expected in the range of 100-110 hp.
The suspension setup of the bike has been straight out of WP’s labs and will have certain levels of adjustability at both ends. Parts of the exhaust system and triple clamps in the front have been 3D printed and will include a simpler, more cost-effective alternative in the production model. While the prototype was all about the designing prowess of Kiska, the functionality prowess of the bike was showcased in a video later.
The KTM 790 Duke is expected to hit the streets in 2018. The platform and powertrain will also be used in several other forms of motorcycles.