KTM Presents New LC4 Models In Paris
By: Gary Gas | Published 04 October 2007, 21:53 | Views: 2,044 | tags: motorcycles, ktm, 690 duke, 690 smc, 690 enduro, mondial de deux roues, paris
KTM recently presented three newly-developed single cylinder models at the Paris “Mondial de Deux Roues” Exhibition. As well as the complete LC4 family for the 2008 model year, Europe’s second largest motorcycle producer has also wowed visitors with the radically sporty “Stunt 690” concept model.Following KTM’s successful launch of the 690 Supermoto last year, the Austrian manufacturer has reinforced the single cylinder model line-up with three completely newly developed motorcycles. Driven by the world’s most modern single cylinder engine, the 690 Duke, the 690 SMC and the 690 Enduro all illustrate KTM’s pure racing culture of powerful, light and expressive sports motorcycles.
As the successor to the legendary Duke, with which KTM pioneered the fun bike segment 13 years ago, the 690 Duke has all of the cult bike genes from the Austria factory. The bike, with 65 hp and an ultra modern street chassis, is at the same time a mature Naked Bike. Thanks to its ready to ride weight of just 148 kg, the 690 Duke, more unleashed than ever, can sprint through the city or out on the open road.
And those who want an even hotter riding experience on the grippy asphalt will find the ideal motorbike in the 690 SMC, available in early 2008. Through light modifications and a new exhaust system for the 654cc fuel injected motor weighing merely 139 kg, this 62 hp bike offers a mix of ready to race Supermoto and aggressive styling that will not be to everybody’s taste.
Going back to KTM’s off road roots, a very special model is waiting for the purist Enduro fans. The 690 Enduro combines KTM’s enormous wealth of “LC4” experience gathered over the past 20 years, with the most modern motor and chassis technology to produce the ultimate Hard Enduro – and in doing so, also a modern version of the motorbike that illustrates the entire history of the brand. Weighing just 138 kg, with fully homologated 62 hp performance and equipped with innovative solutions like the self-supporting rear tank unit, the 690 Enduro underpins the worldwide dominance of KTM in the construction of sporty off-road motorcycles.
In addition to the fascinating new LC4 innovations, KTM is also exhibited the new 690 SM-R in Paris for the first time. In the best R model tradition, the conspicuously styled, single cylinder all-rounder, with its numerous delightful visual and technical features, represents the premium variant of the successful 690 SM.
KTM also presented an unusual yet breathtaking concept model to visitors at the exhibition. Under the working title “Stunt 690” and created by KTM’s chief designer Gerald Kiska, the radical freestyle motorcycle not only looks to the future but is also a two-wheeled expression of today’s urban lifestyle. Driven by the LC4 tuned for maximum torque at low revs, the Stunt 690 also features a newly developed single-sided swing arm and a whole range of special parts from the current KTM PowerParts catalogue.
KTM is waiting for feedback from the show before considering the Stunt 690 as a production model.
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