New-gen KTM RC 390 spied testing, new design and BS-VI compliant engine expected
Now that the most anticipated KTM motorcycle, the 790 Duke has arrived in India at a higher than expected price of Rs 8.63 lakh, it is time to look at the company's upcoming launches. KTM has been testing the new-gen RC 390 for some time now. And now there is a new near production ready test mule that has been spotted in Austria. While there is no official word from the motorcycle manufacturer on when does it plan to launch the 2020 RC 390 in India, we believe it should happen sometime next year, in the second half to be precise when the BS-VI emission norms come into effect.
Looking at the images, KTM has gives its youngest supersport a major overhaul in terms of design, which has been receiving mixed reactions. For purists, the deviation from the razor sharp theme of the existing model doesn't seem much appealing. KTM has ditched the fairing of the old bike for an all-new unit with new set of crease lines. The highlight of the design will be the front as the twin-projectors with the LED accent underneath too has been replaced with a single unit assembly. At least on the test bike, it has a halogen projector which should be a prototype work. Further the turn indicators that were seen on the mirrors have been now placed on the body itself. The images also showcase a new tail section wherein the pillion seat has been redesigned. And so is the fuel tank that shows a larger profile. This one also has re-positioned clip-ons that should ease on the aggressive riding stance of the present generation motorcycle.
Underneath the body work, the new-gen KTM RC 390 will also come with a new sub frame, as has been the norm with many upcoming motorcycles. KTM could also be tweaking the Trellis frame or might use an all-new frame, that the company has been testing on the all-new 390 Duke. In addition to mechanicals, KTM will also make the RC more feature rich by offering TFT instrumentation with BT compatibility, as seen on the existing 390 Duke. The suspension and the braking units could remain unchanged from the present offering. The 43PS making 373.2cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine will be updated to comply with the BS-VI emission norms. All of these details should be confirmed at EICMA 2019.
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