Success with the KTM 690 Duke in KTM European Junior Cup 2012, KTM showcase version of "harder" titled KTM 690 Duke R 2013 in EICMA Show 2012. KTM 690 Duke R 2013 chassis designed higher, where a stronger (stiffer) and better damping than KTM 690 Duke. The Footpegs and handlebar redesigned to be rider more aggressive but relaxed when driving KTM 690 Duke R 2013.
KTM claimed the modifications that done in the 2013 KTM 690 Duke R ready to take you through the streets of the countryside, and the circuit even with slick tires. KTM installed 690 cc single-cylinder engine with a power 69 hp or 2 hp more than the KTM 690 Duke.