The Austrian bike maker, KTM seems to be having the time of its life since it joined hands with Bajaj. The company’s sales have been going north since then and India is becoming quite an important part of their global plans. As a result the company has some quite aggressive plans for the Indians in the year 2013 and the company has just revealed those plans for the biking enthusiasts.
First up will be the launch of the 2013 KTM Duke 390 in March-2013. The bike is a naked streetfighter and shall have a power output of 45 bhp. The bike is expected to cost around the Rs.2 lakh mark and is expected to be quite the performer on city roads. The KTM Duke 390 looks similar to the KTM Duke 200 at first glance, but performs way better than the younger sibling.
The KTM RC8 1190cc supersport would hit the KTM showrooms as a display unit in March-2013. It will not go on sale, but will be showcased to display the Austrian bike maker’s prowess in the superbike segment. A RC8 inspired smaller displacement bike, with a 250 cc engine will hit the stores before mid-2014 and will challenge the likes of the CBR250R and Kawasaki Ninja.
KTM just bought Husqvarna and we might as well see the Husqvarna bikes making their way to the Indian roads as well. Bajaj has Pulsars, Dukes and the Husqvarnas now. We do not really see any company giving the Indian bike maker a tough competition in the higher displacement market for the next few years. There are going to be a lot more orange bikes on our roads from here on.
Also see – KTM buys 100% stake in BMW’s Husqvarna brand