KTM 390 Duke vs KTM 200 Duke: What's different?
The KTM 390 Duke is undoubtedly one of the most highly anticipated launches in our country this year in the performance bike segment. With the speculated launch date drawing closer, excitement among Indian motorcycle enthusiasts is reaching fever pitch. Still, there are several doubts being raised on whether it really makes sense to buy the KTM 390 when a cheaper alternative in terms of it smaller sibling, the KTM 200, is available. Also Read: KTM 390 Duke pictures, specifications out - UPDATED!
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. But that’s where the similarities end. To crank off this debate, let us start with the engine. The 390 will be powered by a newly developed 375cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled mill capable of pumping close to 45PS of power and 35Nm of torque. These are numbers which an average two-wheeler enthusiast in our country has never experienced in a budget which makes the 390 Duke all the more desirable.
It is not just the power of the new bike that impresses but the manner in which the boffins at KTM have packaged the bike so beautifully. For any motorcycle or car, the basic mantra for performance is power-to-weight ratio and this is a department where the 390 shines. The new engine weighs a mere 39kg whereas the whole bike tips the scale at just 139kg (dry weight) which transforms to an impressive 340PS/Ton. The KTM 200, on the other hand, has a power-to-weight ratio of 200PS/Ton and those who have ridden this bike swear by its performance so one can well imagine how much of a bump up in performance and rideability the 390 would have.