Bajaj Auto has just launched the most awaited bike of the year, the KTM 390 Duke. While the 390 Duke looks similar to its younger sibling, the 200 Duke, KTM has made colour changes to distinguish with an orange coloured steel trellis frame with orange wheels. ABS (made by Bosch) comes as a standard on the Duke 390 and can be switched off with a press of a button. The Duke 390 uses Metzeler tyres.
Under the skin, the 390 Duke comes powered by a 373.2cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke engine which produces 43.5 PS of peak power at 9000 RPM and 35 Nm of peak torque at 7000 RPM, coupled to a 6-speed gearbox. The bike has a 0-100kmph timing of around 5-6 secs and has a top whack of close to 160kmph. The KTM 390 Duke is also capable of hitting 130kmph in scant 10-11 secs.
Compared to the pricing of 200 Duke, Bajaj has priced the 390 Duke very competitively at INR 1.80 lakhs (introductory and ex-showroom, Pune). The pricing is true Bajaj style is a superb deal and one that makes it affordable in terms of the power to price ratio, with anything in the similar power range costing almost double. At this price point this bike will certainly impress Indian buyers. It’s an extremely powerful bike which is fuel efficient as well. Moreover, it’s unmatchable in terms of ride and handling.
Bookings for the 390 Duke will commence tomorrow, the 26th of June at 71 KTM dealerships in 60 cities across India. And will reach showrooms by July-end and deliveries in about 90 days from booking date. We feel it’s a complete value for money bike and will have a bright future in India.
India-spec KTM Duke 390 specifications –
- Power: 44HP @9000 RPM
- Torque: 35 @ 7000 RPM
- Fuel tank capacity: 11L
- ABS: Yes – can be switched off.
- Weight: 145 kg dry, 154 kg – kerb
- Cost: Rs. 1.8 lakh (introductory price)
- Expected mileage: 28 kmpl
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