KTM 390 Duke in second-generation guise touches base in India for R&D

The KTM Duke 390 has been largely responsible for redefining affordable performance motorcycling in India. The Duke 390 offers outright power at a stellar price tag something that has been extended to its track inclined fully faired sibling, the RC 390 as well. With the current generation model a massive success, the Austrian manufacturer has commenced working on the next generation Duke 390 that will be making its debut in 2017 and the company has imported the model in India for R&D purposes.

2016-ktm-duke-390-second-generation-imported-to-india-for-r-and-dSecond-generation KTM 390 Duke will be making its public debut at the EICMA Show in Italy next-year.

According to the import data from the website Zauba, the 2017 KTM Duke 390 has been brought into the country. The current generation model uses a 373.2cc engine that is tuned to produce 43 HP of power and 35 Nm of torque, paired to a 6-speed gearbox. The next generation model could see a slight increase in power output with added levels of refinement. But the engine will remain the same with only slight mechanical changes coming in.

The earlier test mules spotted in Europe also suggest that the next generation Duke 390 could get a newly designed subframe, a revised tail section, as well as a side-mounted exhaust replacing the underbelly unit.Just like the current generation model, the new KTM Duke 390 will continue to get slipper clutch as standard along with a host of other bells and whistle to keep the model calm and under control at all times. The power on offer is immense and if not controlled properly, can result in adverse results.

A sportier exhaust note will certainly be appreciated. Talking about the unveil, as the norm goes with KTM, we can expect the next generation Duke 390 to make its debut at the EICMA show in the last quarter of 2016. This would be followed up by the Indian launch by early or mid-2017.

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