Brabus 1300 R enters the motorcycle world with 180 horsepower

Brabus, the supplier of extremely powerful Mercedes-Benz vehicles, enters the world of motorcycles for the first time. Mercedes-Benz doesn’t make a bike, so the tuner worked with KTM to turn the 1290 Super Duke R Evo into a limited-edition model named the 1300 R.

The changes made to transform the Super Duke R Evo into the 1300 R are even more drastic than the changes Brabus makes to its cars. Almost all exterior parts have been modified or replaced entirely. The 1300 R notably receives a round LED headlight, a redesigned side fairing in carbon fiber, a shorter and lower handlebar and a thin and raised rear. Nine-spoke Monoblock Z forged wheels add the finishing touch to the look, but it’s the attention to detail that makes this bike stand out. Brake and clutch levers and adjustable footpegs are CNC machined, for example, and the gear lever can be set to one of three positions (including the option of a shift pattern reversed).

The 5-inch thin-film transistor display allows riders to quickly access a variety of bike and environmental data, and make adjustments to the semi-active suspension system, which offers six damping modes different. And, this bike was designed to ride all year round: it has five-stage heated grips and a heated seat with seams reminiscent of Brabus-tuned cars.

Power comes from a 1.3-liter V-twin engine rated at 180 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque, impressive numbers considering we’re talking about a bike that tips the scales. at 428 pounds. Brabus quotes a zero-to-60mph time of 3.2 seconds and, for those brave enough to explore the upper limit of the speedometer, a top speed of 170mph. It’s the same base motor that powers the 1290 Super Duke R Evo, though it exhales through a Brabus-specific twin-pipe exhaust system, and it spins the rear wheel through a six-speed transmission.

KTM will begin taking orders for the 1300 R on February 14, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. in Germany, which is 9:00 a.m. in New York and 6:00 a.m. in California. Pricing has yet to be announced, but we know production will be limited to 154 units – 77 will be finished in Magma Red and 77 will be painted in Signature Black. For context, the 1290 Super Duke R Evo carries a base price of $19,599 in the United States.

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