It looks like the 2017 KTM Duke range will be launched next week on February 23, 2017, as revealed by official Bajaj Auto invitation.
Although the invitation mentions that the event is dedicated to the “launch of the all-new KTM Duke Range”, some media reports suggest that the company will only launch next-gen 390 Duke that was unveiled at the EICMA Show in Milan last-year. While KTM won’t launch the next-gen 200 Duke for now, instead the current model will get cosmetic changes with new paint schemes and fresh body decals.
Additionally, KTM India has removed the 200 Duke from its official India website while the 2017 KTM 390 Duke model page has been updated on the website. Unconfirmed report from trusted source also suggest that the Austrian bike-maker plans to phase-out the 200 Duke completely and replace it with the new-gen 2017 250 Duke once the stocks are cleared. Meanwhile will do some research of the same, and get back to you!
Coming back to the new 390 Duke, it gets a new design philosophy in-line with the rest of the KTM streetfighter range with split LED headlamps and the edgier bodywork. The chassis has also been revised and it gets a new subframe to improve riding dynamics. The all-new instrument cluster comprises of a coloured TFT screen with optional ‘KTM MY RIDE’ multimedia interface, which allows your smartphone to be connected to the bike.
The same 373cc, single-cylinder engine has been updated to meet BS IV regulations, gaining a side-mounted exhaust. The engine delivers 44bhp and 35Nm of torque and is mated to a 6-speed transmission. Other noteworthy highlights include ride-by-wire throttle, adjustable clutch and brake levers. Dual channel ABS is being offered as standard equipment.
At the moment nothing much is known about the new 200 Duke, the mystery will continue till the launch date. However, the next-gen 200 Duke only gains the design philosophy of the 2017 Duke 390. It neither gets the new split LED headlamp nor features like LCD TFT instrument cluster, ride-by-wire throttle, a slipper clutch, adjustable levers, and even ABS.
Surprisingly, the MADE-IN-INDIA next-gen 390 Duke has already been launched in Europe and the US – at a starting price of $5,299 (approximately Rs 3.57 lakh). However in India, the 2017 390 Duke is expected to fetch Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 more than the current model. Select KTM dealers across India have already commenced bookings for a token amount of Rs 20,000, and deliveries will begin from March-2017.
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