It’s a collaboration nobody knew was needed, but boy are we glad it happened! The Brabus 1300 R is being built in limited numbers and was available to order via KTM’s online platform in select markets, and at the time of publishing this story, Brabus said that all 154 units were sold in just 1 minute and 55 seconds immediately after the pre-ordering platform opened on Feb 14th at 15:00 CET. The motorcycle carries a price tag of £34,549 in the UK and €44,900 in Austria.
The track-focused KTM 1290 Super Duke R EVO forms the base for this Valentine’s Day limited edition Brabus 1300 R. The total 154 units were split into two colors: 77 units in Magma Red and the remaining 77 units in Signature Black; it is, of course, the latter we are seeing here in the photos. The number 77 signifies the year (1977) in which Brabus was founded.
And as you can see, the Brabus iteration looks significantly different from the base model with a circular headlight; blacked-out frame; a generous application of carbon fibre all around; front air ducts; a double-pipe exhaust system; a custom-made heated seat; LED turn signals at the rear with integrated brake lights, and Monoblock Z lightweight 9-spoke forged wheels. CNC-machined adjustable front brake and clutch lever; CNC-machined adjustable footpegs; CNC-machined reservoirs and oil tank caps; a lightweight lithium-ion battery, and heated grips are also part of the features list.
Is it just me or the Brabus 1300 R gives off Ducati Diavel vibes? But anyway, the APEX semi-active suspension system allows the rider to choose from 6 damping modes: Comfort, Street, Sport, Track and Advanced. A Brabus start-up animation further adds to the drama.
The Brabus 1300 R carries over the KTM 1290 Super Duke R EVO’s 1,301 cc V-twin engine as is, since it already offers 132 kW (179 metric hp) and 140 Nm (103 lb-ft) of torque. The engine is paired with a 6-speed gearbox with slipper clutch.