Savagery: 2019 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT Gets Electronic Supension


KTM 1290 Super Duke GT gets a host of features including a new electronic suspension and powerful headlight.

KTM has updated 1290 super Duke GT with a host of electronic and cosmetic changes. This update was due for some time as the company had already updated 1290 super Duke R last year. In terms of electronic updates, the Duke GT gets a large 6.5” TFT instrument cluster with smartphone connectivity, traction control system, heated grip, and braking with a lean-angle sensor. The model also gets an electronically adjustable WP suspension system which allows the rider to choose from comfort, sport, and street option. Besides, there is an optional track mode and switching between these required only a flick of a button.

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Coming to the cosmetic changes, the Austrian manufacturer has equipped Duke GT with a powerful headlight and a large windscreen. The tank shrouds now come with integrated cornering lamps, a storage compartment with USB, and a quickshifter. It also gets a cruise control button on the left-side illuminated switchgear panel. Sadly though there is no auto blipper on offer which is a standard feature in Super Duke R.

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The engine output has got shot in the arm thanks to the use of revised Chambers, titanium valves, and a new engine mapping system. The 1301cc, V-Twin LC8 engine now produces an output of 177.7PS along with 141Nm of max torque. The new Duke GT will be offered in two different colors – black and white. It is not clear when the new GT will hit the showrooms but we guesstimate the launch to happen in the Spring 2019. Overall, the new model has upped the ante on practicality and performance. Especially the addition of TFT screen which offers navigation and audio prompts could emerge as a key differentiator for this superbike.

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