KTM is set to update its RC 390 bike soon. A test prototype of the next-generation KTM RC 390 has been spotted doing test rounds in Europe. The motorcycle is expected to be revealed in all its glory by late 2024, followed by its launch expected in 2025. The upcoming BMW G 310 RR challenger will get a new chassis, an updated engine, and new design elements taken from the KTM Moto3 racer. Judging by these spy shots, the motorcycle will come with a full fairing, a single-pod headlamp, sleek LED turn indicators, an LED taillight, a muscular fuel tank, rear-view mirrors, a split-style seat set-up, and five-spoke alloy wheels. In terms of riding ergonomics, the footpeg and handlebar position is quite similar to that of the existing model. A longer swingarm is also likely on the cards.
Next-generation KTM RC 390: Engine and Gearbox
The engine on the next-generation KTM RC 390 will get reworked internals. Called the LC4c, this engine will also power the next-generation KTM 390 Duke and the 390 Adventure. The all-new single-cylinder mill could get a displacement boost to under 400cc, resulting in improved power and torque figures.
For reference, the next-generation KTM 390 Duke will likely 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.
Next-generation KTM RC 390: Hardware
The roadster is anticipated to come equipped with WP-derived inverted forks at the front and a mono-shock at the rear. Braking duties will be carried out by the disc brakes at both ends, similar to the current-generation model.
Besides, the upcoming two-wheeler from the stable of KTM will feature a new frame, a bolt-on aluminium subframe, a billet aluminium triple clamp, and more.
Next-generation KTM RC 390: Pricing
Expect the updated RC 390 to go on sale as a 2025 model. Speaking of its pricing, the model is anticipated to command a slight premium over the current RC 390, which currently retails at Rs 3.18 lakh (ex-showroom).
Next-generation KTM 390 Duke Spied Ahead of India Launch in 2024
In recent news, the all-new KTM 390 Duke was sighted in the country, revealing all-LED lighting, a TFT colour display with Bluetooth connectivity, and a bi-directional quick-shifter. Further, the bike will feature a sleek headlight with daytime running lights and a new T-shaped LED taillight. Other notable bits will 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.
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).