Spied: 2018 KTM 790 Duke Spotted Testing; Launch This Year

The production version of the 790 Duke will get multiple riding modes, upside down front forks and a mono shock in the rear.

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Austrian two-wheeler manufacturer KTM showcased the 790 Duke Prototype motorcycle at the EICMA 2016. During the launch, the company stated that the production motorcycle will be launched by the end of 2017.

Now, the 790 Duke test mule has been spotted by MoreBikes ahead of its launch. The new model was spied in Europe. It features a new parallel-twin engine, which will also do the duty on a new adventure motorcycle.

The model will draw power from an all-new 800cc parallel-twin motor that is expected to deliver around 120bhp of power. The company is calling the new engine the LC8c (c stands for compact). When it was unveiled, KTM CEO Stefan Pierer promised that the 790 Duke will be the most powerful motorcycle in its segment.

The spotted test mule features a new exhaust system, a grab rail and LED taillight on the number plate holder. It is also expected that the motorcycle will get ride-by-wire throttle, traction control system and Bosch's new dual channel ABS.

The production version of the 790 Duke will get multiple riding modes, upside down front forks and a mono shock in the rear. Braking duties will be carried out by twin discs up front and a single out back.

KTM might consider adding the 790 Duke in its Indian product lineup. If the firm has such plans, the motorcycle will be manufactured locally at Bajaj's manufacturing facility at Chakan, Pune. If launched, the KTM 790 Duke will be pitted against the Kawasaki Z800, Ducati Monster 821 and Yamaha MT-09.

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