In collaboration with KTM, Brabus has whipped the covers off its first-ever, limited-edition motorbike. Meet the “next-level” 1300 R…

KTMBased on the KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo platform, the Brabus-modified motorbike’s 1 301 cc V-twin engine produces 132 kW and 140 Nm of torque, available from 9 500 r/min and 8 000 r/min respectively. According to the Bottrop-based tuner, this allows the 1300 R to sprint to the 100 km/h marker in 3.2 seconds. Top speed is rated at 270 km/h. The soundtrack is provided by a special dual-pipe exhaust system, developing a “massive” sound. 


Further adjustments include newly developed, electronically controlled solenoid valves for variable damping. This, Brabus says, offers the option of a wide range of adjustability, from maximum street comfort to an extremely stiff set-up for the racetrack. In addition, this system features an “auto” mode,  which automatically adjusts to conditions and driver input, keeping the focus on the road at all times.

Keeping traction, the motorbike has been fine-tuned with innovative technology to provide more precise feedback, thanks to the Quickshifter+’s rapid response. All settings are easily accessible via switches, and all information is shown on a large, full-colour TFT display.

Boasting a “badass” design, the 1300 R’s “naked” frame sits on a pair of Brabus’ nine-spoke, lightweight Monoblock Z wheels. Key styling ingredients include two signature paint schemes – Magma Red and Signature Black – high-end carbon-fibre body elements and a custom-made seat. All of this, the German company says, ensures an instant one-second wow factor. All 77 units have been accounted for.