KTM & Bajaj Auto started working on the 375cc sports bike


2012 KTM 690 Duke - 001

Bajaj Auto, the most innovative 2-wheelers manufacturer in India is working in collaboration with the KTM power sports to manufacture an all new range of motorbikes. The two companies are taking their partnership forward with the introduction of a new motorbike that will feature a higher capacity engine as compared to its previous editions. The latest of the KTM bikes to have released include the KTM Duke 125 and the KTM Duke 200.

However we all know, KTM’s technology will be used in a Bajaj motorcycle for the first time in the form of the Pulsar 200 NS, which is just around the corner. This partnership will further spawn the KTM Duke 350 come 2013 as we reported, and many more Bajaj motorcycles are expected to use technology derived from KTM. But now, we have big news emerging that Bajaj Auto and KTM are developing a 375cc sports bike.

As per a latest report by Business Standard, Bajaj and KTM with their engineers are working to great depths in order to release India’s second highest capacity bike in terms of engine power. If they do pull it off, they will be second only to the Royal Enfields. These 375 cc bikes would also come with a twin-cylinder engine. Another reputed bike manufacturing company, Royal Enfied is also working on the similar as per a latest report lines to develop a twin-cylinder vehicle. KTM would be the first company to have developed the twin-cylinder engine in the country itself.

2012 KTM 690 Duke - 002

If Bajaj-KTM manages to turn into reality, the engine is estimated to produce a 35 to 38 Bhp power and 30 Nm torque. This is now becoming a trend with all the bike manufacturing companies to develop a more powerful bike with Bajaj also planning to release a Pulsar 375 using an identical engine. But there are other companies who have already planned to go even bigger like the CBR400 as planned by Honda. Yamaha is also not staying behind with their plans to introduce R4.

The 375 CC Motorcycle should see the light of day in the next two years. The plan for the companies, namely Bajaj and KTM, is not confined to India, but are looking to create an array of products for the European markets as well. The mentioned progress is taking place at Bajaj Auto’s research and development centre at Akurdi, Pune.

 

(NoteThe images shown here are of 2012 KTM 690 Duke, the actual bike may differ from the above model)

 

Also seeBajaj Auto confirms new Pulsar 350 launch in 2013

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SourceBusiness-Standard