The 2022 KTM RC390 and the KTM RC125 have been unveiled. Both the motorcycles are equipped with up-market features and uprated mechanicals. The India debut of the 2022 KTM RC range is expected by the festive season.
KTM has taken the wraps off its most anticipated motorcycles, the 2022 RC390 and the RC125. The brand has still kept the 2022 RC200 under wraps and the motorcycle is likely to be unveiled in the coming months. We highly suspect that KTM is working on an RC250 instead of an RC200.
Focusing on what’s unveiled. The second-generation RC390 and RC125 are based on an all-new platform. Both the motorcycles are built around an all-new chassis that is lighter by 1.5 kg. Weight-saving has been KTM’s top priority as the manufacturer has used braking components that are lighter by almost 1 kg when compared to the previous model. The motorcycles get newly designed five-spoke alloy wheels which further help reduce the kerb weight by 3.4 kg.
In terms of design, the KTM RC390 and the RC125 get an all-new fascia. The fairing and panel have been moulded different and one thing you will notice is the absence of a belly panel altogether. The seats get more cushioning and have been redesigned as well.
The cockpit is new as well. A 5-inch TFT screen is on offer that gets smartphone-connected tech. The switchgear is all new as well, which allows you to scroll through the menu.
The engine on the 2022 RC390 and the RC125 get reworked internals and the motorcycles will have an improved torque curve. The 2022 KTM RC125 gets a substantial power bump of 6bhp. The motorcycle now produces 20bhp. The six-speed gearbox has been reworked as well and the ratios are closer than before. There is an all-new exhaust system too. The headers are made out of steel and the muffler is all aluminium. The air-filter box is 40 per cent larger which results in an improved air intake. The 2022 KTM RC390 pushes out 44bhp and 37Nm of torque that marginally more than the outgoing motorcycle.
The suspension system includes WP upside-down forks that allow you to adjust compression, rebound and pre-load. The rear mono-shock is sourced from WP as well and allows the rider to adjust pre-load and rebound.
While this is just a global unveil, the India launch is expected around the festive season. The outgoing KTM RC125 is priced at Rs 1.80 lakh (ex-showroom). The 2022 KTM RC125 is expected to have a price tag closer to Rs 2 lakh (ex-showroom). The 2020 KTM RC390 is priced at 2.77 lakh (ex-showroom) and when the newer MY22 arrives, expect a price tag close to Rs 3 lakh (ex-showroom) mark with the second generation KTM RC390.