Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM had unveiled the 2016 RC 390 super-sport motorcycle at the 2015 EICMA show in Milan, Italy on 17 November. Bajaj Auto, which owns 47% shares in the company, is reportedly keen on bringing the model to India.
According to latest reports, the 2016 RC390 will be launched in India in January 2016. India being one of the hotbeds for KTM motorcycles, the manufacturer does not want waste time in bringing the motorcycle here. Additionally, the new KTM RC390 is manufactured at Bajaj's manufacturing facility in Chakan, which also seems to have prompted the manufacturer to hasten the launch.
The 2016 facelift of the motorcycle concentrates on the technical advancement than the design part. In fact, only KTM aficionados could find the difference between the current model and the 2016. The significant change comes in the form of new aluminium silencer to comply with the Euro 4 standard. The new exhaust system eschews the under belly exhaust of current the RC 390.
The 2016 KTM RC 390 adds slipper clutch that will help the riders to downshift quickly. The motorcycle now comes with disconnectable ABS system which will help the promising rider to hone their race riding skills. The front disc brakes are bigger now with 320mm diameter and, brake and clutch levers are also adjustable.
Another major introduction to the RC390 is the ride-by-wire technology. This will result in smoother and refined power delivery to the motorcycle. The 2016 RC390 carries over the same 373.2cc single cylinder, liquid cooled engine that generates 43.4bhp at 9,500rpm and 35Nm torque at 7,250 mated to a six-speed transmission.
When launched, the 2016 RC 390 will command a premium of Rs 10,000-15,000 over the standard motorcycle, reports Zigwheels.