KTM has prioritised the Indian market for the 2022 RC200 and the RC125, as both new-gen motorcycles have been launched in India first. According to the brand, the bigger 2022 RC390 will also be launched soon.
The second generations of the KTM RC200 and the KTM RC125 have been launched in India. The former has been priced at Rs 2.09 lakh (ex-showroom), while the latter gets a sticker price of Rs 1.82 lakh (ex-showroom). Interestingly, the second generation motorcycles have seen only a marginal hike in their prices compared to the models they replace. The new generation of the KTM RC125 is costlier than the old-gen motorcycle by only Rs 1,375. Similarly, the new KTM RC200 asks only Rs 115 more than its predecessor. However, these are the introductory prices, which are likely to see an upward revision in the coming months.
Coming to what is new on the motorcycles, the first thing you notice is the all-new styling. The headlamp unit and turn indicators are flush-fitted into the fairing design, offering a very tidy look. The fairing sports a cleaner design, and both motorcycles get their own set of graphics. The visor upfront gets a laser texture. The new fairing and tank mould have helped the makers install a larger 13.7-litre fuel tank, which holds 4.2 litres more fuel than before.
The new bits include an LCD instrument cluster on both the 200 and the 125. There are adjustable clip-on handlebars as well. Out of the two, only the KTM RC200 benefits from a Supermoto ABS, which allows the rider to turn off the ABS on the rear wheel. The RC125 gets a halogen headlamp unit, and the RC200 features an upmarket all-LED unit.
The powertrains of both motorcycles have been worked upon as well. KTM has also installed a larger airbox, which improves air intake. The heat management system has been updated as well. The motorcycles now feature a curved radiator for optimised heat dissipation.
The cycle parts include a larger 320mm front disc brake setup on both the RC125 and the RC200. The suspension units for both include upside-down forks at the front and a mono-shock at the rear.
The displacement is the same as before; however, the engine internals in both motorcycles have been heavily reworked. The engine in the RC200 is the same 199cc single-cylinder motor, which pushes out 25.4bhp – 0.3bhp more than the predecessor – and 19.5Nm of torque. The RC125 has a 124.7cc single-cylinder engine, which produces 14.7bhp and 12Nm of torque. Both engines are liquid-cooled units and come mated to a six-speed transmission.
KTM India has also confirmed that the new-gen RC390 will be launched in India soon. We suspect that the launch will happen in the last month of this year and deliveries will commence from January next year.