The wait is almost over. Austrian two wheeler maker KTM will finally present its much anticipated motorbikes RC 390 and RC 200 to Indian two wheeler enthusiasts on Tuesday (9 September).
Two wheeler lovers in India have been patiently waiting for the arrival of RC series bikes to the country ever since their eyes clapped on these two stylish bikes of KTM at the EICMA International Motorcycle Exhibition.
Although the rumour mills have churned out different launch dates for the bikes since then, the company has now formally conveyed that the duo will start their Indian journey together on 9 September.
RC 390 and RC 200, the fully faired versions of KTM's popular Duke 390 and 200 have made numerous appearances on the web through spy pictures and leaked reports, giving us a clear picture of what to expect on the arrival of these two bikes in India, including the pricing details.
KTM RC 390 will be powered by 375cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine, which can churn out a power of 45 PS and a torque of 35 Nm and RC 200 will get its power from a four-stroke, 200cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine.
The RC 200 engine will generate 25 BHP of power and 19.2 Nm torque.
As far as the transmission of the duo is concerned, we expect both the engines to come mated to a six-speed gearbox.
Price details of the bikes have not been officially announced yet, but rumours suggest that RC 200 will come with a price tag of ₹1.72 lakh and RC 390 will be retailed at ₹2.40 lakh (on road Delhi).
Talking about the expected features, RC 390 and RC 200 are likely to get daytime running lights, new mirrors and a new pillion seat.
When launched, the bikes will be sold through KTM's India partner Bajaj Auto, which currently markets KTM Duke 200 and Duke 390 in the country.
Expected to grab a significant slice of the market share in India, KTM RC series is likely to get a waiting period of up to four months.
The bookings for these most awaited bikes are open in the country with a down payment of ₹5,000 and the company will officially reveal the price details on Tuesday.
Once they hit the market, RC 390 will take on the likes of Honda CBR 300R, Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Yamaha R25, whereas RC 200 will compete with Hero Karizma ZMR and Yamaha r15.
KTMs' Youtube page will be live telecasting the launch of RC 390 and RC 200 in India and the page has started the countdown already. The RC aficionados can now tune into KTM India Youtube page for live webcast of the RC series here.