The updated KTM RC 390 has been launched at a starting price of Rs 3.14 lakh (ex-showroom).
Austrian bikemaker KTM has launched the RC 390 in India, and with the price starting at Rs 3.14 lakh (ex-showroom), it’s asking for a huge premium of more than Rs 35,000 over the older motorcycle. However, the changes are wholesale over the older motorcycle, so let’s dive into those.
The design is all-new. Looking at it, you won’t find a single reference to the older motorcycle. The livery has also been updated which is (if you can believe) even racier. KTM’s Moto GP team has also lent its influence as there are two new colour schemes – KTM Factory Racing Blue/Orange.
Additionally, KTM says the motorcycle has become more aerodynamic and ergonomic and the lighting setup is all-LED now. The instrument cluster has been updated and is now the same unit that has been present on the 390 Duke for ages now. There are adjustable handlebars, traction control, cornering ABS, and a SuperMoto mode like the Duke. It allows you to power slide the rear tyre, adding to the fun.
The fuel tank is bigger and can now pack in 13.7 litres of fuel. The braking system has also been overhauled. There are 320mm and 230mm front and rear disc brakes (from ByBre) and they too are lighter. The alloy wheels have also lost weight and are 2.7kgs lighter than before.
What’s remained the same for most parts is the engine. The 373cc unit continues to dish out 43bhp, although torque, at 37Nm, has gone up by 1Nm. The engine mapping has undergone a revision to further enhance the riding experience.
With these updates, the KTM RC 390 is sufficiently refreshed to take on its rivals – the Apache RR 310, the upcoming BMW motorcycle based on the TVS motorcycle and the Kawasaki Ninja 300.