KTM 1290 Super Adventure — A New Beast from Austria?

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It wasn’t too long ago that we showed you what appeared to be an updated KTM 1190 Adventure for the 2015 model year. The bike had all the bits that we’ve seen on the KTM 1190 Adventure R, though the Austrian brand had noticeably reworked the fairing to allow for more air to flow through the machine.

Getting a spy shot today though, we can understand the reason why, as the model is seen wearing a “KTM 1290 Super Adventure” livery, giving a nod to the likelihood that KTM has upgraded the Adventure with the Super Duke’s “beast” of a 1,301cc v-twin engine.

It’s not clear how much of the Super Duke’s 177hp will remain on the Super Adventure, though the idea of KTM blowing away the competition with a near 180hp ADV is the sort of crazy that we would expect from the Austrian brand.

With the pre-debut leak machine in full-swing, we can expect to see the KTM 1290 Super Adventure at the INTERMOT show in October. Will it completely replace the 1190 Adventure line, stand as a more premium option, or just melt our faces with awesomeness remains to be seen. As always, time will tell though. Thanks for the tip Jackie!