Although the bike’s 1290 Super Duke R name suggests the engine’s capacity is remaining around the same as the current 1,301cc model, it’s clear the motor is significantly updated. The water pump is noticeably different, potentially hinting at bigger changes inside the V-twin. Although the 174-hp output of the existing Super Duke R was enough to put it at the top of its class when it was launched, we’ve since seen power output for naked bikes spiral upward. This year’s power king in the class, the new MV Agusta Brutale, achieves 208 hp, and Ducati has already confirmed it will have a Panigale V4-based Streetfighter in dealers next March, possibly sharing the same 214-hp spec of the superbike it’s based on. It might be a challenge for KTM to breach the 200-hp barrier with the LC8 V-twin engine, but the Austrians are certainly going to be aiming to get close to it.