KTM teases revised 890 Duke R and Grand Prix-inspired 890 Duke GP
KTM’s middleweight lineup doesn’t follow five-year renewal cycles. The 790 Duke appeared on the scene in 2018 to be replaced by the 890 Duke R in 2020. A year later, in 2021, the base model 890 Duke joined its R-spec sibling, and the family is looking to earn a another member this year. with the 890 Duke GP 2022.
Announced in a press release and via social media, the Mattighofen-based firm will launch its Midweight Naked campaign throughout February 2022. KTM plans to roll out details of its revised 2022 890 Duke R on February 7, 2022, which the company claims to be “an even sharper iteration of the Super Scalpel”. of the chassis highlight the refresh.
While the facelifted 890 Duke R will take the lead, KTM is saving the best for last. The brand will unveil the new 890 Duke GP on February 22, and calls the model “a Grand Prix-inspired entry into Dukedom.” The idea of a GP-inspired naked bike might seem contradictory to most, but with KTM’s 8C RC project lately garnering massive attention in 2021, we wouldn’t be surprised if the team of designers and developers engineers infused some of the sportbike into the upcoming nude.
Considering the photos posted by KTM, we don’t expect the MotoGP-inspired bodywork to show up on the naked bike. However, the RC 8C’s 25CrMo4 steel tubular frame, ultra-lightweight aluminum Dymag wheelset, dedicated racing airbox and air filter, composite subframe fuel tank, parallel-twin engine 128-hp LC8c and Grand Prix-style livery are still on the table.
Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until February 22, 2022 before we know all the details of the 2022 890 Duke GP, but the full specs of the 2022 890 Duke R should hold us back until then.