How Much Power Does the 2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo Make?

Measuring max power output on KTM’s renowned 1,301cc LC8 V-twin engine on Cycle World’s dyno.

KTM’s 1,301cc LC8 V-twin is one of the most exhilarating and entertaining motorcycle engines of all time. Its readily available torque hit provides an iconic engine thump for a range of “Ready to Race” models. The versatile engine sees duty in the Austrian brand’s class-leading 1290 Super Adventure R and 1290 Super Adventure S as well as the revolutionary 1290 Super Duke R Evo.

The DOHC 75-degree V-twin engine is a Cycle World favorite due to its extremely torquey bottom-end which effortlessly lifts the front wheel in first, second, and third gears. Complemented by a Pankl transmission, hydraulic slipper clutch, and a quickshifter, the 2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo is the ultimate hooligan machine. An agile chassis fitted with electronically adjustable suspension and four-piston Brembo Stylema Monoblock front calipers make the Super Duke just as entertaining at a local trackday as it is on a morning commute.

2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke R EVO Dyno Chart.Robert Martin

On our in-house Dynojet 250i dynamometer, the 2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo produced 157.3 hp at 9,500 rpm and 92.8 lb-ft. of torque at 8,300 rpm, with a wet weight of 471 pounds on our automotive scales. Impressive numbers, no doubt, but what really makes this engine unique is its ability to produce 80 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm. It isn’t until after 5,200 rpm that the power curve intersects the torque curve.A linear power curve, impressive down-low grunt, a flat-as-table torque, and a capable chassis make the 2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo an absolute blast to ride on any paved road.

And for those who want to go off-road, look no further than the KTM 1290 Super Adventure R.