Meet the brand's new KTM-based motorcycle.
Brabus is a brand best known for modifying Mercedes-AMG models to extreme levels. The tuner recently completed work on a crazy G-Class-based pickup and before that, the Maybach GLS SUV was treated to some insane upgrades that boosted output to almost 800 horsepower. But while you'd expect to see a Brabus badge on something like an E63 S, the brand has also diversified into other avenues, revealing a new wristwatch back in September of last year. While unusual, that reveal was nowhere as unexpected as today's: Brabus and KTM have collaborated on the tuner's first-ever motorcycle. Say hello to the Brabus 1300 R.
The new two-wheeler was designed "to merge both KTM's and Brabus' deeply rooted identities and design style." Featuring a 'Black and Bold' design language, the 1300 R wears two signature paint themes, forged Brabus monoblock Z nine-spoke wheels, carbon fiber body upgrades, and a custom heated seat finished by Brabus interior specialists. Working off the KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo as a base, the Brabus 1300 R is fitted with a V-twin engine producing 180 hp and 103 lb-ft of torque from 1.3 liters of capacity. Just two color schemes are on offer: Magma Red and Signature Black, and only 77 of each will be made to signify the year in which Brabus was founded.
More than just an appearance package, the bike comes with the latest WP Apex semi-active suspension technology that offers six damping modes - Comfort, Street, Sport, Track, Advanced, and Auto. The latter automatically adapts to riding conditions. Other highlights include the slip-on double-pipe exhaust, a Brabus start-up animation and color scheme, a unique black frame, and numerous Brabus add-ons including air ducts, a headlight mask, a carbon belly pan, CNC-machined levers, footpegs, and reservoirs and caps, plus a pair of Brabus mirrors. A carbon undertray, short license plate holder, heated grips, a lightweight battery, and a quick turn throttle grip are also included. Pricing has not yet been announced, but pre-orders will open on February 14.