Limited Edition BRABUS 1300 R Edition 23 Announced

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

Collab continues with another KTM 1290 Super Duke R EVO variant

KTM and German tuning company BRABUS have announced a updated version of the 1300 R for 2023. The BRABUS 1300 R Edition 23 will be offered in two color schemes, with a limited production run of 145 units in the Superblack, and another 145 in Stealth Gray.

Just like the version released last year, the BRABUS 1300 R is based on the KTM 1290 Super Duke EVO, but with a number of bespoke BRABUS parts, including a number of carbon fiber and CNC-machined components.

Visually, the Edition 23 model looks similar to last year’s, but with a few modifications. The headlight trim and air scoops now make even more use of carbon fiber, while the pillion seat cover has a new shape. The heated seat itself loses last year’s distinctive red color but gains a new BRABUS “Crest” stitching pattern. The underslung bar-end mirrors return, but with a new design that places them higher and further out to either side. Rounding out the changes are new BRABUS Monoblock Z forged wheels with a “Platinum Black” finish.

Features that carry over from last year’s model include a slip-on double-pipe exhaust, black frame, carbon fiber belly pan, CNC-machined triple clamp, CNC-machined levers and pegs, CNC-machined oil tank camps and reservoirs, and BRABUS-themed instrumentation including a unique start-up animation.

The engine remains the same 1,301 cc LC8 V-Twin as the SDR, with a claimed output of 180 hp at 9,500 rpm and 103 lb-ft. at 8,000 rpm. WP supplies the semi-active APEX suspension and steering damper.

The BRABUS 1300 R Edition 23 is priced at 42,500 euros (US$45,575), with a 2,500 euro (US$2,680) down payment. All 290 units will be sold exclusively through an online pre-order portal. The portal opens on Feb. 16 at 3 pm CET (9 am EST/6 am PST), and anyone interested should move fast, considering the 2022 BRABUS 1300 R sold out its entire 154-unit allotment in under 2 minutes.

BRABUS 1300 R Edition 23 Specifications

Torque140 Nm
CoolingLiquid cooled
Power in KW132 kW
StarterElectric starter
Stroke71 mm
Bore108 mm
ClutchPASC ™ slipper clutch, hydraulically actuated
CO2 emissions129 g/km
Displacement1301 cc
EMSKeihin EMS with RBW and cruise control, double ignition
Design2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75°
Fuel consumption5.5 l/100 km
LubricationForced oil lubrication with 3 oil pumps
Tank capacity (approx.)16 l
ABSBosch 9.1MP 2.0 (with cornering ABS and SUPERMOTO ABS)
Front brake disc diameter320 mm
Rear brake disc diameter240 mm
Front brake2 x Brembo Stylema Monobloc four piston, radially mounted caliper
Rear brakeBrembo twin-piston fixed calliper, brake disc
Chain525 X-Ring
dry weight194 kg
Frame designChrome-moly tubular space frame, powder-coated
Front suspensionWP Semi-active Suspension USD Ø 48 mm (GEN.2)
Ground clearance160 mm
Rear suspensionWP Semi-active Rear Shock (GEN.2)
Steering head angle64.8 °
Suspension travel (front)125 mm
Suspension travel (rear)140 mm

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Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Angel Blue Angel Blue on Feb 14, 2023

    Brabus does boats too. Saw one at Rancho Santa Fe cars and coffee one morning and it was very impressive. 360k for a 28 foot boat.

  • BTRDAYZ BTRDAYZ on Feb 14, 2023

    Brabus gets more attention from KTM than their own Husqvarna does.