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KTM To Bolster Its Streetfighter Lineup With The 990 Duke

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  • Jul 23, 2021
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Packs a brand new parallel-twin engine unlike its smaller 890 sibling

  • Updates include a new exhaust, cat-con, and a larger radiator.
  • The chassis has been reworked to accommodate the larger engine.
  • Will slot itself into the competitive 1000cc streetfighter segment.
  • Expect to see a production version sometime in 2022.
KTM 990 Duke Spotted Testing Overseas

The 790 and 890 Duke have worked wonders for the Austrian brand in the mid-displacement segment. But KTM intends to broaden its horizon even further by introducing a larger 990 Duke to help capture a larger chunk of the market share. The streetfighter has been spotted testing overseas with heaps of changes. It will be positioned to take on rivals like the Yamaha MT-10, Honda CB1000R, and the Suzuki Katana.

KTM 990 Duke Spotted Testing Overseas

Save for the styling, which is pretty similar to the 790 or 890, everything else has either been tweaked or completely redesigned. The engine is obviously the biggest update. Almost every single component that makes up the 990 engine block is new. It even gets a massive radiator to keep it cool and a chunky exhaust to keep emissions in check. The bump up in displacement should add another 20-25 odd ponies to the bike’s firepower, putting it against its 1000cc rivals. For reference, the 890 Duke makes 121PS and 92Nm of peak torque. Goes without saying that the electronics will receive a substantial update as well.

KTM 990 Duke Spotted Testing Overseas

The spy images suggest KTM has been testing two suspension setups (fully adjustable, of course) on its test bikes, including a relaxed steering geometry better suited for everyday use. Additional updates could include better brakes and stickier tyres. 

KTM 990 Duke Spotted Testing Overseas

The chassis has been reworked to accommodate the larger engine. The swingarm is new and looks similar to the smaller 2022 Dukes spotted some time ago. Despite the revisions, we believe the bike would still remain a featherweight, much like the 890 that tipped the scale at 169kg (dry). 

Pricing, of course, has a massive role to play here. The current 1000cc rivals imported from Thailand are priced between 569,000 to 629,000 Baht (approx. Rs 12 lakh to Rs 15 lakh). KTM will have to price the 990 Duke competitively - say around Rs 12 lakh - Rs 13 lakh -- if it wants to capture this segment. If it does, it could have a real winner. 

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