CFMoto has pulled the wraps off its latest concept design study - the CFMoto NK-C22 - as a preview for the next generation version of its venerable roadster.
Set to mark the next step in the Chinese manufacturer’s metamorphosis as a standalone brand capable of taking on western marques on their own soil, the next generation NK comes hot on the heels of the 700CL-X triplets (Heritage, Sport and ADV), the 800MT off-roader and the brand-new SR450 sportsbike.
However, while the CL-X, MT and SR represent new lines for CFMoto, the NK has been a mainstay of the range for some years when the brand itself was known as WK (White Knuckle).
Revealed at CFMoto’s Autumn Strategy Conference, the striking-looking NK-C22 concept was announced with news that it will be one of ten new models being launched over the next 12 months. Of these, four will be electric powered.
Decked out in stealthy black with red and grey insets, the NK-C22 follows a similar theme to the SR-C21 - CFMoto’s first-ever concept - that was revealed a year ago that went on to become the 450SR sportsbike.
Appearing to be inspired by the MV Agusta Brutale from some angles - particularly with its bluff SC Project twin tailpipes - the overall look of the NK-C22 represents a dramatic departure for CFMoto and is vastly more eye-catching than the current NK.
The slender, sculpted front-end is dominated by a small diamond-shaped central headlight, flanked by a tapered Y-shaped LED arrangement that leads up to a chunky fairing and a prominent bison humped fuel tank.
The look is completed by fan-blade style wheel covers that again bear some resemblance to the Brutale.
No details were confirmed about what can be found under the skin, but the NK - like other models in the CFMoto range - will probably be based on a KTM platform, most likely the Duke.
The current NK is available in 300 and 650 guises, but based on what is available to CFMoto right now, this could see the model gain the 450cc twin from the SR and/or go up to 800cc like the MT ADV.
Whether the final version of the NK stays true to the concept, however, remains to be seen. Indeed, last year’s SR-C21 was similarly lauded for its aggressive design and high-end accessories, but the final production version of the 450SR went on to be considerably watered down.