KTM’s upcoming parallel-twin engine, LC8c, is expected to have improved performance and reliability, according to a new patent application. 

  • New patent application suggest a more powerful LC8c twin. 
  • The power output likely to be around 130hp to 140hp. 

The engine, which was first teased in January, features new designs for every casting from the oil pan to the cam cover. The only parts that have been carried over are the throttle bodies and water pump. The engine is expected to have a capacity of nearly 1,000cc, earning it the “990” designation.

The new patent application provides a glimpse into the engine’s design and reveals that the cylinder-to-head joint is higher than in the current engine. This could result in increased power output of between 130 hp to 140 hp, depending on the state of tune. 

The new LC8c engine will initially be used in the redesigned “990” Duke and has been spotted in a fully faired, road-going sportbike, the RC 990. The RC 990 is expected to be KTM’s first sportbike since the RC8 R superbike was discontinued.

KTM’s MotoGP efforts are also expected to benefit from the new LC8c engine. The introduction of a second GasGas-branded MotoGP team this year could lead to the production model eventually appearing in GasGas guise. 

The engine mounts of the new LC8c engine have been designed to match those of the current engine, allowing it to be easily bolted into existing frames if required.

While some suggest that the 990 is likely to replace the 890, the returning 790 seems to squash that rumour. Also considering KTM is set to introduce the 890 SMT soon, the all-new 990 mil could be a new addition to the brand’s lineup. 

Spyshots surface of upcoming KTM 990 Duke undergoing tests and it appears close to production. Could we see it launched in 2023?


  • The CFMoto V.02-NK 1000cc streetfighter is nearing production.

  • It is powered by KTM’s 990cc LC8 platform.

  • It is also designed by KISKA, who have designed all KTMs.

CFMoto is on the roll since their tie up with KTM and now the CFMoto V.02-NK 1000cc streetfighter is rumoured to be close to production.

KTM and CFMoto first tied up in 2014 to produce the 125 Duke, 200 Duke and 390 Duke for the region.

KTM had contracted CFMoto to build the 799cc LC8c engine which powers the former’s 790 series of bikes including the 790 Duke, 790 Adventure, 790 Adventure R and limited production 790 Adventure R Rally. The Austrians were so impressed with the production capabilities of CFMoto that they’ve decided that they will shift worldwide production of LC8c engines to China from 2021. The factory in Hangzhou can produce up to 50,000 bikes a year.

Since then, KTM sold the 990 LC8 engine which powered the mad 990 Duke to CFMoto. It’s from this arrangement that CFMoto unveiled the V.02-NK concept in 2017. Who know? The Chinese manufacturer may even introduce the first 1000cc superbike in due time.

CFMoto’s range of motorcycles are also designed by KISKA, who also designs KTMs. Thus, the V.02-NK has some design cues from the KTM Duke R but isn’t a carbon copy. There are some innovative ideas here including underseat-mounted radiator and carbon-ceramic brake discs.

Production ought to begin next year and we shall see how the final design turns out.


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