It is no big secret that KTM is India’s fastest growing sports motorcycle manufacturer, and it is no big surprise that this happened, because KTM is a brand which is loved by almost everybody and especially by the young-generation. KTM currently sells the Duke 200, Duke 390, RC 200 and RC 390 motorcycles in India and these motorcycles are actually beating their competitors to a pulp, not only in sales but also in performance.
In India, they are using their low capacity high performance strategy to achieve this, but unfortunately for KTM, the same strategy will not work in Europe because engine capacity actually matters there, and here is where motorcycles like the Honda CBR 250R, the Kawasaki Ninja 250R and the Kawasaki Z250SL, manage to get ahead in sales, because they perform better than the 200cc KTM’s, now KTM has come up with a solution to this problem.
At the Tokyo Motor Show, KTM has unveiled quarter liter versions of the Duke as well as the RC motorcycles, and is soon expected to launch these motorcycles in the European market. The Duke 250 and the RC 250 are exactly the same as the Duke 390 and the RC 390 respectively, except for the engine capacity. The motorcycles use the same lightweight Trellis frame and even the paint and all aesthetic elements remain the same, except for the decals. The decals now say 250, instead of 390.
The engine powering the KTM Duke 250 and the RC 250 is a downsized version of the liquid cooled, single cylinder engine used in the Duke 390 and RC 390. The new 250cc engine produces a max power output of 31 BHP and a max torque output of 24 NM.
The Duke 250 and the RC 250 will go head to head in competition with all quarter-liter motorcycles in the European market.
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GALLERY: KTM 250 Duke/ RC 250