The Austrian motorcycle manufacturer, KTM had revealed the Duke 250 and RC 250 at the Tokyo Motor Show in March-2015. Now, less than two months later, Bajaj-KTM has already commenced the exports of 250 twins to Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan and Turkey from Chakan plant, Pune.
The company hasn’t confirmed the launch of 250 twins in the Indian market. However, the launch of these new quarter-litre motorcycles is quite unlikely as the price gap between the Duke/RC 250 and Duke/RC 390 is quite narrow. If the Duke/RC 250 is launched it will overlap their own product like confused Pulsar range, instead the 250 could be seen as a successor to the 200 in the future.
Mechanically, the 250 twins are powered by a 250cc single cylinder, four-stroke, liquid-cooled engine that churns out 31 BHP of power at 9,000 rpm, with maximum torque of 24 Nm at 7,250 rpm. This engine is tuned-down version of 373.2cc engine used in Duke 390 and RC 390. This equates to around 6 BHP and nearly 5 Nm of torque more than the Duke/RC 200.
Sharing features with the KTM Duke/RC 390, the 250 twins gets slipper clutch, ABS system and runs on Metzeler tyres as standard. The Duke 250 has a kerb weight of 139 kg and the RC250 weighs 147 kg. In Japan, the 250 twins will be launched next-month priced at (JPY) 550,000 Yen (INR 2.88 lakhs) for the Duke 250 and (JPY) 620,000 Yen (INR 3.25 lakhs) for the RC 250.
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