KTM quietly updates its model line-up with more features and some improvements
With the Auto Expo coming to an end and auto journalists still reeling the after effects of this event, KTM, without any pomp and show, quietly launched their 2016 motorcycle portfolio -- Duke 200, Duke 390, RC 200 and RC 390.
Good news for all enthusiasts is that the prices of all KTM motorcycles remain quite aggressive and affordable. The 2016 200 Duke is priced at Rs 1.4 lakhs (ex-showroom, Navi Mumbai), while its more powerful sibling 390 Duke can be all yours for Rs 1.91 lakhs (ex-showroom, Navi Mumbai). On the other hand, both the RC 200 and RC 390 are priced at Rs 1.65 lakhs (ex-showroom Navi Mumbai) and Rs 2.09 lakhs (ex-showroom Navi Mumbai) respectively.
So what are the major changes? For starters, the Duke 200 and RC 200 receive new MRF tyres along with larger 300 mm front disc. As for the RC 390, it finally gets a slipper clutch, which will now compliment aggressive riding style. Unfortunately, the Indian spec RC 390 will not get the additional upgrades that Europe gets like aluminum exhaust, 320mm front disc brakes and the ride-by-wire technology. This decision is taken by the two-wheeler manufacturer to keep the costs down. Both the RC bikes come with new rear view mirrors and adjustable handlebar levers.
All the KTMs now come with auto headlamp feature, which basically means there is no switch for the lights on the handlebar anymore. Other features these motorcycles have received are reworked radiator fans for better cooling, new pillion seat, improved paint quality and alloy wheels.
KTM has retained the powertrains and output from the previous version. Therefore, both the RC 390 and 390 Duke are powered by the 373.2cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine, which punches out 42.2bhp and 35Nm torque. But there is a fraction power output difference between the 200 duo. Even though both have the same 199.5cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine, the Duke develops 24.7bhp while the RC 200 pumps out 25.5bhp.