KTM got us excited when the company introduced the limited RC 8C sportbike last summer.
Despite the fact that it was only a limited production track bike and not street legal, it was also a hint that a production road-legal version is on its way.
We may not have to wait much longer, as photographers managed to get their hands on a new 890 Duke-based KTM sportbike caught testing in Spain.
Although the test mule was clad in a full fairing similar to the bodywork on the RC 8C, the RC990 is indeed street legal as it comes fitted with a headlight and license plate holder.
However, unlike the RC 8C that had the iconic LC8 engine in a Kramer frame, the test mule appears to be fitted with all things KTM, including a chassis derived from the 890 Duke.
According to reports, the test mule was accompanied by a Ducati Panigale V2 as a reference point, thus hinting at the level of performance KTM is looking at for the new sportbike.
Moreover, it appears that the bike also comes with an entirely new swingarm and exhaust system. Other standard components include a top-of-the-line Brembo Style brake calliper and WP Apex suspension.
Looking at the current state of the test mule, it appears it might not be ready for a 2022 or 2023 release.