KTM IS REPORTED to be working on a host of new models for launch in 2012 and 2013, with a range of new engines to power several new Super Duke and Adventure models.
According to Dutch website Nieuwsmotor, which has just visited the firm's Austrian base and interviewed key staff, the new V-twin engines will include 1200cc, 1000cc and small 700cc or 800cc versions.
The firm's current 990 Adventure was expected to be replaced in 2009 or 2010, a fact revealed several years ago when documents about the firm's long-term model plan were leaked. However, the new model has still not been shown. According to the latest information, that's because although it was fully developed, KTM boss Stefan Pierer rejected the bike, sending the firm's designers back to the drawing board.
The new engines will allow the firm to offer 1200cc Adventure and Super Duke models – with capacities to match their main rivals, BMW's R1200GS, Ducati's Multistrada 1200 and Triumph's Speed Triple – along with smaller, cheaper versions. In particular, the smallest of the firm's planned V-twins, at around 800cc. will allow it to make models to rival Triumph's new Tiger 800 and BMW's F800GS.
Beyond the firm's revamped V-twin range, the single-cylinder Duke is also said to be in the firing line for changes when the 2012 model range is unveiled, with more rounded bodywork designed to give it a wider appeal than the current sharp-edged style.