The KTM Duke 390 literally revolutionised the biking scene in India by providing the customers, a magnificent motorcycle with awesome performance figures at such a low price, so it is no surprise that the biking fraternity of the whole country is waiting eagerly for the launch of its fully-faired sibling, the RC 390. KTM unveiled the RC 390 at the German Moto GP last year and had promised at the time of unveiling, that it would be launched in India by mid-2014 and it looks like they have lived up to their promise.
A few weeks ago, KTM revealed a video featuring the low capacity RC series models, i.e. RC 125, RC 200 and RC 390 and now, more recently, the RC 390 has been spotted while on test runs. The very fact that KTM has started testing the RC 390 shows us that the launch of the RC 390 is nearing. The Indian market will get the RC 390 as well as the RC 200, but not the RC 125. The RC 200 will be launched first, and only then will the RC 390 be launched which also means that the RC 200 will be launched earlier.
The RC series will have performance figures which are similar to the Dukes, even the engine and gear ratio’s are the exact one’s which can be found in the Duke, but the top speed of the RC series is expected to be a little higher than that of the Duke’s because of its aerodynamically superior structure and riding position.
The RC 390, like the Duke 390 will have a maximum output of 43.5 PS and 35 NM of torque which is good enough for a blisteringly quick 0-60 KMPH time of just 5.1 seconds and it will eventually go on to touch speeds of above 180 KMPH. The RC 200 however, will have a maximum output of 25 PS and 19.2 NM which will propel it from 0-100 KMPH in 9.3 seconds and the top speed will be around 145 KMPH.
KTM already has an excellent brand image in our country and the main reason is the price at which they offer these amazing machines. Even for the RC 200 and RC 390, the production will take place at Parent company Bajaj’s plant in Pune, which will allow KTM to sell the RC 390 at a low price point, which in turn will help with the sales numbers.