Is the KTM Brabus 1400 R being Developed?

A KTM Brabus 1400 R is reportedly being developed and will utilise the new KTM 1350cc engine.

Previously, KTM announced that production of the KTM Brabus 1300 R came to an end after two years. But it turned out to be because KTM had introduced the new engine via the 2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke. The new engine replaces the old 1301cc LC8, found in the KTM 1290 Super Duke Evo.

So, of course the new Brabus will be based on the 1390 Super Duke Evo. That new LC8 V-Twin packs 188 hp and 145 Nm of torque. It powers the 1390 Super Adventure and the upcoming 1390 Super Duke GT, too.

Although KTM and Brabus did not reveal the project, a German motorcycle magazine sighted an application by Brabus to the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) to register several names. More specifically, Brabus had registered the trademarks “Brabus 1400 R Tailor Made”, “Brabus 1400 R Rocket”, and “Brabus 1400 R Signature”.

So, instead of just one variant with two different colour schemes, the new bike will have three different variants. Perhaps “Tailor Made” refers to a made-to-order form, while “Rocket” signifies eye-popping performance, and “Signature” stands for luxury.

If this piece of news is true, we can expect to see the new KTM Brabus 1400 R by the end of the year.

Wahid's lust for motorcycles was spurred on by his late-Dad's love for his Lambretta on which he courted, married his mother, and took baby Wahid riding on it. He has since worked in the motorcycle and automotive industry for many years, before taking up riding courses and testing many, many motorcycles since becoming a motojournalist. Wahid likes to see things differently. What can you say about a guy who sees a road safety message in AC/DC's "Highway to Hell."

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