All-new KTM 390 Duke : Special Preview!
Big, Bad and on a Budget is how we would like to sum up the KTM 390 Duke. But it is still too little to define a motorcycle which is set to light up the explosive Indian motorcycle bazaar
The Bajaj-KTM combo has indeed given comprehensive thought to take the game a notch higher with a firm and determined approach in the fiercest of markets. They have carefully charted a course in the affordable performance motorcycle space in India rather than run ahead of themselves by jumping into the high end CBU fray. It’s a strategic policy that encompasses long-term benefits while raking in slow but steady short-term returns as the Pulsar and now the KTM 200 Duke have shown.
Building further on the fundamentals of affordable performance is the soon-to-be-launched KTM 390 Duke that packs in blazing performance, world class equipment, solid fit and finish and a 200 like radical exterior make-up wrapped up in an attractive price package. Expect the 390 Duke to be priced in the region of Rs 2 - 2.2 lakh (on-road) which is indeed an alluring price for a machine that makes a whopping 44PS of power at 9,500rpm and 35Nm of torque at 7,250rpm, weighing just 139kg (dry), translating to a phenomenal power-to-weight ratio of 316.5PS/tonne!
Though referred to as the 390, in line with KTM nomenclature policy, the bigger Duke for India will be powered by a 373.2cc water-cooled single-cylinder DOHC fuel-injected engine mated to a six-speed transmission. While the basic architecture of the motor remains similar to its younger sibling, it features all-new crankcases and also significant changes starting with an obvious increase in its bore into stroke of 89mm x 60mm equalled by a higher compression ratio of 12.5:1, as against the 11.5:1 of the 200 Duke. The 373.2cc engine is packaged inside the same ultra light trellis frame as employed on the 200 Duke, but on the 390 it is finished in trademark KTM orange unlike the black frame of the 200 Duke.
One of the foremost debates revolve around the way the 390 is styled – it looks exactly the same as the 200 despite the fact that it would be offered in a different paint scheme and has been beefed up marginally in terms of size
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