Eight months into the year and we are halfway through a boatload of launches and debuts. A number of brand-new two-wheeler models, ranging from the Karizma to the TVS's electrified X scooter, have made their way into the Indian market. With the recent launch of the eagerly anticipated Royal Enfield Bullet 350, the month of September has gotten off to a good start for the Indian automotive industry. Following this, several other automakers are now gearing up for many more slated launches this month. Notably, the much-anticipated 2023 KTM 390 Duke, the TVS Apache RTR 310, the Suzuki V-Strom 800DE, and the Aprilia RS440, among others will also make their market debuts in September, so the celebration is only just getting started. Read on to learn all the relevant details pertaining to the upcoming launches and debuts scheduled for this month.
TVS Apache RTR 310
On its social media accounts, TVS has previewed the new Apache RTR 310, which is scheduled to be released on September 6, 2023. The motorcycle will have a digital instrument panel, alloy wheels, front forks that are upside down, and other features. The bike will have dual-channel ABS and petal-type disc brakes on both the front and rear wheels. It's probable that TVS will consider adding further features to the Apache RR 310 model, such as traction control, a quick-shifter, and other enhancements, in addition to the current capabilities offered on the model. Furthermore, a 313cc, single-cylinder engine will power the TVS RTR 310's naked version, likely producing 33.5bhp of maximum power at 9,700rpm and 27.3Nm of peak torque at 7,770rpm. The manufacturer could improve the engine's performance. On the pricing front, the new Apache RTR 310 from TVS could cost Rs 2.5 lakh (ex-showroom) in India.
New KTM Duke 390
The 399cc single-cylinder engine in the naked bike, which will have all-new styling and electronics, will produce 44bhp of peak power and 39Nm of maximum torque. It also comes with a slipper clutch, a quick shifter, and a six-speed gearbox. The new KTM 390 Duke's cycle components and chassis are completely overhauled, and it now incorporates launch control.
The 2024 model has a new steel trellis frame that has been powder coated, 43mm USD front forks that can be adjusted for compression and rebound, and preload and rebound for the mono-shock. The braking system includes a new 320mm front disc, a 240mm rear disc, dual-channel, cornering, and Supermoto ABS. A pair of 17-inch alloy wheels with Michelin tyres will be used by the two-wheeler.
The bike will include three riding modes, Rain, Street, and Track, as well as a new 5-inch colour TFT dash. Turn-by-turn navigation, call and sound control, smartphone connectivity, and other features will be among the highlights. We anticipate the new model would be priced fairly higher in India than the outgoing KTM 390 Duke, which has a starting price of Rs 2.38 lakh (ex-showroom).
Suzuki V-Strom 800DE
The Suzuki V-Strom 800DE, which was unveiled at EICMA 2022, is powered by a brand-new 776cc parallel-twin engine. This unit is capable of churning out 82bhp at 8,500rpm and 78Nm at 6,800rpm. Moreover, the transmission duties will be handled by a 6-speed gearbox. The bike has a ground clearance of 220mm and a seat height of 855mm. On Indian highways, the middleweight adventure motorcycle has frequently been seen undergoing testing. It will get new hardware, a 21-inch front wheel, and other improvements. Appearance-wise, the Suzuki V-Strom 800DE will include an elevated set of handlebars with a guard for a more relaxed riding position, a short windscreen, and a noticeable beak. The bike will also have pannier mounts, a single-piece saddle, a transparent visor, and vertically stacked LED headlamps. Price estimates for the Suzuki V-Strom 800DE start at Rs 12 lakh (ex-showroom). It will be Suzuki's response to products like the BMW F850 GS and the Triumph Tiger 900 in India.
Aprilia, the Italian bike manufacturer, is all set to roll out its new RS440 this month. The new motorcycle is anticipated to be powered by a 440cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine with a maximum output of 48bhp. This component will be mated to a six-speed transmission with a slipper clutch and quick-shifter. The motorcycle can reach a top speed of about 180km/h. The RS440 is anticipated to have the newest features available, including ride-by-wire, traction control, and cornering ABS, among others. In accordance with Indian safety standards, the motorcycle may additionally include a saree guard. The feature list can be expanded to include an anti-lock braking system, an all-LED lighting system, a fully digital TFT display with Smartphone connectivity, several ride modes, and more.
The RS440's hardware most likely consists of a mono-shock in the back and an upside-down front fork. The braking system will only have one front and one rear disc with ABS. The bike will ride on 17-inch alloy wheels with possibly road-biased TVS Eurogrip tyres. Sleek brake rotors, a radial front brake calliper, and light alloy rims might also be included. When it launches, the RS440 will compete against bikes like the KTM RC 390, the Kawasaki Ninja 400, and the soon-to-debut Yamaha YZF-R3.