The most aggressive street-tourer on the market just got more potent for the 2019 model year, as at INTERMOT today, the Austrians have updated the KTM 1290 Super Duke GT for next year.
As such, a host of updates come to the 2019 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT, the most notable of which is a styling change. Gone is the “Spy vs. Spy” front end, in favor of a fairing design that is closer in style to the current KTM 1290 Super Duke R.
This means a revised headlight and front fairing, as well as a new windscreen. The fuel tank spoilers have also been made into storage locations, with a dedicated USB port one side of the machine.
On the technical side, a bunch of changes come as well. KTM has added a 6.5″ TFT dash from the KTM 1290 Adventure to the Super Duke GT, and the bike gets the “Quickshifter+” up/down quickshifter that is found on the Super Duke R.
Power from the 1,301cc 75° v-twin engine is slightly different as well, with a peak horsepower figure of 175hp now quoted, while peak torque is a staggering 104 lbs•ft. These performance increases come from the Super Duke GT’s revised resonator chambers, new titanium intake valves, and improved throttle mapping.
The 2019 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT continues to come with IMU-powered traction control and cornering ABS (part of the KTM MSC package), and now the Austrians are making the ECU “Track” mode from the Super Duke R available on the GT, as a dealer option.
Lastly, KTM has added the latest semi-active suspension from WP Suspension to the Super Duke GT package, which has three damping modes “Comfort”, “Street”, and “Sport” and push-button preload adjustments for passengers and luggage. Heated grips are fitted as standard, as well.
The 2019 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT comes in two color options: white or black. It is not clear when they will be making their way to the United States, but we would expect to see the updated Super Duke GT at KTM dealers in Spring 2019.