First-Ever Brabus Motorcycle Comes Loaded With Style

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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.

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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.

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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.

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