Austrian motorcycle maker KTM co-owned by Bajaj Auto launched its first motorcycle for India the Duke 200 in 2012. The rev happy naked motorcycle gone well with customers and the company eventually launch elder sibling 390 Duke that was followed by fully-faired motorcycle, the RC 200 and the RC 390. Though there were no major updates for these motorcycles till now in India, all models maintained healthy sales. With the arrival of new rivals, KTM is gearing to refresh its portfolio. We have compiled a list of KTM's upcoming launches in India.
New 390 Duke
KTM unveiled new 390 Duke at the EICMA show in Milan on 8 November. In its latest avatar, KTM has given the 390 Duke more menacing looks. Highlight of new design is the split headlight with LED inserts. The fuel tank has been reworked and tank extensions are now long overlapping with the USD forks. The key slot has been moved from the instrument cluster to the front of fuel tank. New 390 Duke also features a full-size exhaust in place of quirky underbelly exhaust.
Unfortunately, KTM has not given a power boost to the new 390 Duke which is a letdown for the enthusiast. The bike is powered by the same 373.2cc, single-cylinder engine that develops 44bhp of power. New 390 Duke will flaunt a ride-by-wire throttle, full TFT dashboard, an optional MY RIDE multimedia interface, and ABS as standard. Launch of the new 390 Duke is rumoured in January and deliveries to start from April.
New 200 Duke
New 200 Duke more crisp and angular design in line with the elder sibling 390 Duke barring the split headlamp design. Instead, it will get a restyled bottom-protruding headlight design with LED inserts. The fuel tank in the 200 Duke has been reworked and tank extensions are longer. The 200 Duke also misses out TFT display instrument cluster and Ride by Wire throttle system. It is powered by a 199.5cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, DOHC engine that produces 26hp of power which is slightly better than the current 200 Duke. The mill is mated to a 6-speed transmission. New version will be slightly pricier and at a range of Rs 1.45 lakh and Rs 1.55 lakh. Launch can be expected mid-2017.
KTM 390 Adventure
Bajaj-KTM duo is also working on small capacity adventure motorcycle to satiate growing trend of affordable dual-purpose motorcycles around the world. The 390 Adventure will be based on the all- new 390 Duke unveiled at the EICMA show. It will share cycle parts as well as the 373cc, single cylinder, liquid-cooled engine from the 390 Duke. KTM is expected to position 390 Adventure in Travel Enduro family, which is light to moderate off-road capable but not a motocrosser or dirt bike. It will go up against the Rotal Enfield Himlayan when launched.
2018 KTM RC 390
KTM is expected showcase next generation of the RC 390 at the 2017 EICMA show in November. It will go on sale in India immediately after the debut. According to reports, new version will include ride-by-wire tech as standard on all the versions sold around the world. It will flaunt LED headlamps, full-colour instrument cluster, Bluetooth smartphone integration and maps sync, and dual-function forks. It will carry over the 373.2cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that generates 43.4bhp with tweaks.