KTM Duke

There’s a new KTM Duke in the works, and it’s fully electric. According to an investor document of Pierer Mobility AG, the parent company of KTM, the Austrian firm seems to be working on an E-Duke motorcycle and a production variant of the Husqvarna E-Pilen.

The document suggests that the KTM E-Duke will feature a 10kW motor, powered by a 5.5kWh battery pack. In comparison, the current titleholder, the Tork Kratos R, features a 9kW motor. This means the KTM could become the most powerful electric motorcycle on sale in India.

 

KTM Duke

If we were to put these numbers to action, they do not build an image of the goosebump-inducing Duke motorcycle we’re all so familiar with. The numbers of E-Duke are more comparable to a KTM 125 Duke, which produces 14.7hp of power, or in EV lingo, 11kW. We’d like to think this was done on purpose to slot in Europe’s A1 class—a license category for beginners, which is limited to motorcycles of 125cc or 11kW.

Again, if we were to go by the spec sheet, the KTM E-Duke’s 5.5kWh (fixed) battery pack would be the best in class in India. Translate that to real-world use and you get a range of around 100km, which may be disappointing to some enthusiasts. For reference, the Tork Kratos R packs a 4kWh battery pack.

 

KTM Duke

Expect the same bells and whistles you’d get on a KTM Duke. This includes the steel trellis frame, premium USD forks, an intuitive instrument console and the works. 

A test mule of the KTM E-Duke is yet to be spotted, but that’s not to say that the motorcycle is completely unknown. It is expected to share a lot of its underpinnings with the Husqvarna E-Pilen—a concept bike shown last year which will turn into a production mocel. This is the same approach KTM has taken with its internal-combustion counterpart. 

So, when can we expect the electric Duke? Well, not anytime soon. From the looks of it, KTM seems to be focusing on the E-Duke for European markets. However, considering Bajaj-KTM’s manufacturing prowess here, and the fanfare the ‘Duke’ brand enjoys, we do expect it to be built and sold here soon-ish. 

Let’s just keep our fingers crossed.