Exclusive: Next-gen KTM 390 Duke Spied In Near Production-ready Avatar

  • May 16, 2023
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The next-gene streetfighter will get an insanely large TFT Screen, lighter components among other changes

Just in the last two months we have seen the next-generation KTM 390 Duke being tested both abroad and in India. The international spy shots offered a great deal of detail allowing us to have a closer look at the motorcycle than ever before. Meanwhile, in India the test mule has been spied for the second time this month, in this round of catch the test-mule, we’ve had the chance of further noticing the new bits of the motorcycle, and here’s what we’ve noticed:

The first, and foremost feature we’d like to talk about is the new, large (approximately 6-inch) TFT screen. It’s almost like an iPad (albeit mini) bolted over the handlebar. We’re hoping KTM offers a new user interface with a different and less cluttered layout for the information readout. The current 5-inch screen packs a lot of information and does come across as a bit busy. 

Yes, in the international sighting, we’ve seen the new LED headlight unmasked revealing the redesigned DRLs, but in this India sighting we’ve noticed changes to the mirrors and handlebar. The mirrors are all new and so are the mirror stems. Even the handlebar weights are now new, possibly lighter too. 

Speaking of weight savings - the rims and brakes on the upcoming 390 Duke are the same as the new RC390. On the new RC390 these components alone have helped lower the unsprung mass of the bike. This recent sighting has also given us a closer look at the redesigned split seat which now gets perforated covers.

In this generation update we did expect the 390 Duke to get major hardware updates. However, it’s also positive to see that KTM and Bajaj are revamping the bike technologically and ergonomically as well. The next-generation 390 Duke is expected to cost around Rs 3.20 lakh, which is roughly Rs 20-25k higher than the current-generation streetfighter, which costs Rs 2.96 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

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