Official photos and details of the KTM-based Brabus 1300 R

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Just two days ago, MO’s Dennis Chung divulged the collaboration between KTM and German (or is it haus?) car tuning house Brabus and their creation of the 2022 Brabus 1300 R. Today this collaboration was made official when KTM sent out the below press release detailing everything there is to know about the Brabus 1300 R.

Based on the KTM 1290 Super Duke R, the 1300 R marks the first time Brabus has applied its customization expertise to a motorcycle – and it’s quite different from the Super Duke R it’s based on. The full build list can be found below, but the exclusive Brabus touch includes custom wheels, exhaust, seat, air ducts, headlight shroud, triple clamps, adjustable levers, peg rests. adjustable feet, machined reservoirs and caps, a carbon skid plate and a carbon passenger seat cover.

If you’re unfamiliar with Brabus, they’re a high-performance car tuner, probably best known for their work on Mercedes-Benz cars. Besides performance tuning, however, Brabus is also known for mixing its performance bend with the luxurious touches that Mercedes-Benz owners have come to expect. You can see some of those touches with the 1300 R, especially with the custom heated seat.

Only 154 Brabus 1300 R models will be made, and it will be available in two colors: Signature Black or Magma Red. The bad news? It seems that none of these 154 units are destined for North America. Odd. Still, if you’re reading this from somewhere other than North America and want to buy one, sign up on the pre-order page listed in the press release below.

Start the press release:


Since 1977, the BRABUS name has stood for luxury, exclusive craftsmanship and performance. Known worldwide among enthusiasts for creating high-performance supercars and as an expert in automotive individualization for more than four decades, BRABUS has since also established itself in the maritime sector with its series of exclusive day boats. Today, the company is growing again – expanding its focus into high-end motorcycling in conjunction with KTM.

The BRABUS 1300 R

The all-new BRABUS 1300 R boasts an exclusive and elegant premium design, combined with brutal performance. This is the very first BRABUS motorcycle – an unmistakable Naked bike designed for detail-oriented enthusiasts. Developed to merge the deeply rooted design identities and styles of BRABUS and KTM, the BRABUS 1300 R represents the best of both brands. Key ingredients of the BRABUS ‘Black and Bold’ design language, including two iconic paint schemes, BRABUS Monoblock Z forged wheels, premium carbon bodywork elements and a stylish bespoke seat, treated with special attention to details by the BRABUS interior specialists. All this defines the extremely unique and sporty character of the motorcycle and ensures an instant sensational effect of a second.

Use of the amazing V-twin engine, which develops 180 hp at 9500 rpm and 140 Nm at 8000 rpm: performance expected from the BRABUS brand. Designed to challenge the limits of forward thrust, it sets a new standard for exclusive high-performance desirability.

To add an extra touch of exclusivity, the BRABUS 1300 R is offered in just two distinct colors – MAGMA RED and SIGNATURE BLACK. Only 77 of each color will go into production, with 77 indicating the year the BRABUS company was founded.

From a technical point of view, the BRABUS 1300 R uses the latest WP APEX semi-active suspension. This allows riders to choose between 6 dedicated damping modes – COMFORT, STREET, SPORT, TRACK, ADVANCED – or an AUTO mode that automatically adapts to road and riding conditions.

Notable features and custom parts include:

● Sign of Excellence with limited edition numbering
● WP APEX semi-active suspension
● WP PRO COMPONENTS steering damper (WP APEX PRO 7117)
● 5 driving modes (STREET – SPORT – RAIN – PERFORMANCE – TRACK)
● Quick-turn throttle grip
● Various carbon fiber parts
● BRABUS Lightweight Monoblock Z 9-spoke forged wheels
● BRABUS Slip-on twin pipe exhaust
● BRABUS bespoke heated seat
● BRABUS air ducts
● BRABUS headlight mask
● BRABUS CNC machined triple clamps
● BRABUS CNC machined adjustable front brake and clutch lever
● BRABUS CNC machined adjustable footpegs
● BRABUS CNC machined oil reservoirs and caps
● BRABUS carbon skid plate
● BRABUS carbon passenger seat cover

The BRABUS 1300 R is more than just an extraordinary driving experience, it also makes an unabashed statement about luxury, exclusivity and sovereignty.

The BRABUS 1300 R will be available exclusively on the ktm.com pre-order webpage. – Click here for the pre-order landing page – pre-orders will begin February 14 at 3:00 p.m. CET.

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