We are very well familiar with the KTM LC8c twin-cylinder engine that powers the current gen 890 Duke and other similar models. However, as per the images that have surfaced online, KTM is working on a next-gen LC8c twin-cylinder engine with a 990cc displacement.
The report suggests that the new engine would feature an elongated cylinder for a longer stroke with, most likely, an increased bore as well. The Austrian brand is also expected to use a new oil sump, oil cooler and exhaust ports for enhanced performance.
Although it is being said that this is going to be an all-new engine, KTM is likely to borrow certain parts – like the water pump cover, ignition coils and throttle bodies – from the current LC8c engine. In fact, the new engine would also share the same engine mounts which would allow KTM to slap it on even on its existing frames.
We are expecting to get clearer information about the new engine in the future. KTM would use this mill to power a range of motorcycles just as it uses the current LC8c engine in multiple models. The new 990cc motor would find a home in the 990 Adventure, Duke and also the RC990 sports bike that has already been spied testing in the past.