Austrians vs. Bavarians.
Watch from the perspective of an S1000RR as the KTM 1290 Super Duke R takes to Austria's A1 Ring for its first filmed track outing. Yeah, the BMW rider is holding back a bit, but man, this thing still looks fast.
Rather than the "180bhp" of last year's concept model, along with its gas-charged Ohlins FGR forks and other bling, the production model being unveiled this fall should develop around 160bhp from its bored RC8 motor. You know, the whole "tuned for torque" thing. Look for it at EICMA or Intermot and US availability to be, well...maybe at some point in the future, hopefully, fingers crossed.
The above image is the best of that production model so far. Single-sided swingarm, realistic WP suspension, fancy radial Brembos and the world's ugliest exhaust canister. We expect the production model to come equipped with paint.
It's not terribly surprising that a 160bhp naked is a touch slower than a 195bhp superbike on track, but in this video, the KTM still appears to be capable of some serious drive out of corners and a very respectable amount of lean.