2021 KTM RC390 based on an all-new chassis and all-new engine could be on its way to the Indian market. The new generation model could offer substantially more features than the current one on sale
While we reported a price hike in KTM India’s line-up yesterday, A new development indicates that KTM is likely to launch the next-generation of RC390 in the coming months. That is mainly confirmed by KTM India’s move to take down the RC390 from its official website while the two supersports - KTM RC125 and RC200 are still listed.
Number of spy shots of the upcoming supersport have been surfacing the internet along with the reports suggesting that the next generation RC200 will also make an appearance with the RC390. However, We believe that KTM will first introduce the 2nd generation RC390 and the 2nd generation RC200 will follow in the coming months - likely by the end of 2021.
The next generation KTM RC390 will undergo substantial changes that will include a new fascia in line with the KTM’s family design, a heavily reworked engine that could possibly be higher in displacement. - Most likely a 490cc parallel-twin. However, only time will confirm if KTM is breeding a larger capacity motorcycle that will pack the punch to overshadow the Kawasaki Ninja 400 (Internationally).
The feature and electronic packages could also be updated with the new motorcycle. A six-axis IMU (Inertia-Management-Unit) that is offered with the 390 Adventure could also make its way in the upcoming KTM RC390. That will also update the motorcycle with cornering ABS and a traction control unit. The BS6 RC390 was offered with a two-way quickshifter and the new model will continue with the same.
In terms of feature, the new RC390 could get an all-LED headlamp unit along with a TFT-all-digital Screen as a replacement for the current digital-instrument cluster. Addition of the same could unlock a few features such as the ‘KTM MY RIDE’ interface that syncs with the user's smartphone via an application. It can also allow the rider/user to shuffle through songs and make/receive phone calls. It will also offer turn-by-turn navigation.
The new KTM RC390 could see a price tag that leads it closer to the 2021 BS6 Kawasaki Ninja 300. Expect the launch announcement to take place by the end of Q2, 2021.