The all-new KTM 390 Duke has been spotted on multiple occasions, both in India and overseas. And we already have a fair idea about its overall design and mechanical specifications. Hot off the testing last week, the next-generation 390 Duke has been spied on, yet again in the country. Last week, the new motorcycle was sighted undergoing road testing alongside the Husqvarna Svartpilen 401. The upcoming 390 Duke will be on display at the upcoming EICMA show in Milan (Italy) in November 2023, followed by its launch in the country in 2024. Upon launch, the bike will be KTM's answer to the likes of the Bajaj Dominar 400, QJ Motor SRK 400, and the BMW G 310 R. Expect the next-generation 390 Duke to command a hefty premium over its standard model, which is priced at Rs 2.97 lakh (ex-showroom).
The new 390 Duke was widely anticipated to be launched this year in India, however, the updated motorcycle will make its market entry in India in early 2024.
Next-Gen KTM 390 Duke: Features
Feature-wise, the new 390 Duke is likely to get all-LED lighting, a TFT colour display with Bluetooth connectivity, and a bi-directional quick-shifter, all of which are available with the outgoing model. Further, the bike will feature a sharp/sleek headlight with daytime running lights and a new T-shaped LED taillight. Other notable bits could include a reworked trellis frame, a lightweight bolt-on subframe, a new gullwing swingarm, a repositioned coolant reservoir, and an O2-sensor on the exhaust header pipe.
Moreover, KTM will also offer an upgraded electronic package with the bike. This could include a traction control system, IMU-based lean-sensitive cornering ABS, a ride-by-wire, and riding modes. Adjustable suspension at both ends is also likely on the cards.
Next-Gen KTM 390 Duke: Engine and Gearbox
Coming to the heart of the matter, the next-generation KTM 390 Duke is likely to draw power from a 399cc, single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine, thanks to a new engine casing design and a reworked exhaust route. While we don't have official power and torque figures, we expect the new engine to pump out more power than the current engine. For reference, the existing bike delivers 43bhp of maximum power at 9,000rpm and 37Nm of peak torque at 7,000rpm. Transmission duties will be carried out by a 6-speed unit.
Next-Gen KTM 390 Duke: Prices, Competition Check
The new KTM 390 Duke is expected to carry a higher price as compared to the existing model, which is available at Rs 2.97 lakh (ex-showroom). A price tag of around Rs 3.20 lakh (ex-showroom) is expected. Once launched in the Indian market, the new Duke 390 will rival the Honda CB300R, the BMW G310 R, the Kawasaki Z400, the Bajaj Dominar 400, and more.