The KTM RC200 and RC390 have probably been the most awaited motorcycles of this year, and biking enthusiasts all over the world have been going haywire about the launch of these motorcycles. Especially in a market such as ours where the low capacity performance biking segment is growing at an alarmingly high rate, the enthusiasts have been very much excited about these two motorcycles being launched here.
The motorcycles were expected to be launched earlier this year, but KTM took their own sweet time in bringing it to us. They were noticeably hard at work preparing the motorcycle for Indian road conditions and all the different situations the motorcycles might face on our roads, as the motorcycles were spotted multiple times, undergoing camouflaged testing and now it seems as if time has finally come for the motorcycles to be launched.
The KTM RC390 Facebook page has claimed that the Austrian motorcycle manufacturer will be launching the motorcycle on the 9th of September, 2014. Though it is now known that it will be launched next month, it is still unclear as to which motorcycle will be launched first, the RC200 or the RC390! Or will both the motorcycle be launched at the same time? It is not known as yet, but it will be interesting to see what strategy will be used by KTM, will they launch it in the same manner as they did with the Duke 200 and Duke 390? Only time will tell us!
All the Fully faired motorcycles from KTM are launched under the RC series nameplate and the design is inspired by the flagship KTM RC 8. The RC200 and RC390 share their chassis, engine and mechanicals with their naked siblings, the Duke 200 and Duke 390 respectively. They come with extra features like full body fairing, Twin projector headlamps, LED rear tail-lamp, exposed chassis frame etc.
The RC200 and RC390 will have a sporty feel to it with a sporty riding posture, and features like clip-on handlebars, wide and grippy tires, dual disc brakes and integrated pillion seat will only enhance the spottiness of the motorcycle.
The KTM RC200 will be powered by a liquid-cooled, 199.5cc, fuel-injected, single cylinder engine with a maximum power output of 25 PS and the RC390 will be powered by a liquid-cooled, 373.2cc, fuel-injected, single cylinder engine with a max power output of 43 PS. Both motorcycles will make use of a 6-speed transmission to put its power down to the road.
Deliveries of the motorcycles will start only after the launch later this-month, however, demo motorcycles have already landed at some KTM dealers across the country and bookings too had already commenced for the duo at Rs. 30,000/-.
Like many others, we too cannot wait for the RC series to be launched.
The leaked price-list of KTM RC-series (ex-showroom, New Delhi) –
- KTM RC 200 – Rs 1.72 lakh
- KTM RC 390 – Rs 2.40 lakh
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