KTM globally has been on a model overhaul and new launch spree in past couple of years. The Duke 390, RC Series, the absolutely bonkers SuperDuke 1290. If you go through the recent line-up changes of KTM, you will see that a significant attention being given to the company’s large and small-displacement machines, yet the middleweight bikes have remained seemingly untouched.
KTM CEO Stefan Pierer know this better than us and in an interview with MCN said that KTM would develop new v-twin engines in the 600cc to 800cc range over the next three years, the Austrian company seems set to its entire line-up revamped within the next few years. The new v-twin engines will be fitting inclusion to the KTM line-up consisting of the small-displacement single-cylinder bikes in the sub-400cc category, as well as the two and four-cylinder bikes that KTM has in the sport and adventure segments.
Furthermore, KTM’s now owns Husqvarna and that would mean that the new street bikes engines will be fully available to Husqvarna, which Pierer says will have a line-up of street bikes from 450cc to 1,300cc. Recently, news has come out from KTM that it has begun work on a new sport bike, the KTM RC16, which will be a V4 superbike bred for the track only.We doubt that Husqvarna will have access to that power plant, but the v-twin RC8 lumps found in the Super Duke R, Adventure 1090, and the recently teased KTM SMT replacement will be perfectly suited for cross-brand duty.