2016 KTM 690 Duke previewed

New 2016 KTM 690 Duke previewed with new images of pre-production prototype.


Austrian manufacturer KTM are gearing up to release a new and updated version of its venerable 690 Duke naked bike for 2016. The firm recently released several images of its pre-production prototype, detailing some of the key new enhancements of the new 2016 model.


Firstly, the 2016 KTM 690 Duke gets an enhanced powerplant. Boasting a compact new cylinder head, the 693cc LC4 single-cylinder mill gets its bore increased and its stroke shortened that increased power from 67hp up to 73hp – 7% improvement. Also raised is the engine’s red line, which now stands at 9,000rpm instead of 8,500rpm in the current model. Also crucial here is the powertrain Euro 4 compliant status.

Besides the mill’s power upgrades, KTM also stated that the addition of a new additional balancer shaft has reduced engine vibration, promising greater rider comfort. Complementing that are the adoption of selectable riding modes – Sport, Street and Rain ¬via new buttons on the left handlebar, optional traction control, a new Bosch 9M+ ABS suite as standard, as well as a brand new TFT colour instrument panel – KTM’s first.


Sources also report the hotter R version will gain further with WP suspension, Brembo brakes, as well as wire-spoked wheels. What will be interesting though is whether the 2016 KTM 690 Duke will work alongside KTM’s expected 800cc Duke model, rumoured to have a parallel-twin engine.


More details are expected from KTM prior to the new bike’s scheduled debut at this year’s EICMA show in Milan.

Sources: Asphaltandrubber and Visordown



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