|Fuel Type||Engine Capacity||Transmission Type||Power||Torque||Fuel Efficiency|
|petrol||373cc||Manual||44PS @ 9000RPM||35NM @ 7000RPM||35kmpl|
When KTM launched its 390 Duke in India, it went on to set the benchmark and met a great success thanks to the attractive price tag. The KTM RC 390 was then launched as a faired version which is now the most sought-after track tool and one of the most exciting sporty machines out there.
Compared to its naked sibling, the KTM RC 390 boasts of a completely different design. The front end gets a sharp and aggressive design with a twin projector lamp, where one of them works for the high beam and the other acts a low beam and both are underscored by Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs). A sharp visor and a set of stylish rear view mirrors complete the front look, while the fuel tank is designed to be as compact as possible to maintain the bike's agile proportions and also for the rider to grip the tank properly.
The seat gets a split setup, where the rider's seat has been made flat and is hard padded, while the rear seat has been infused within the tail section of the vehicle to make it look like a single-seater. The tail lamp is a long vertical unit which looks unique and will catch the attention of onlookers.
The RC 390 gets a semi-exposed powder coated trellis frame which is finished in orange and complimented with impressive decals on the fairing which is in-sync with KTM's race machine livery. The alloy wheels are also painted in KTM Orange, which makes this motorcycle look super cool and unlike anything else in its segment. The fully digital instrument console gets an orange backlit and displays all the details like engine speed, speedometer, odometer, trip meters, fuel level, average fuel consumption etc.
The flagship sports motorcycle from KTM in India comes with a 320mm front disc operated by a double-piston floating calliper and a 230mm rear disc with a single-piston floating calliper. The KTM RC 390 is also equipped with dual-channel ABS as standard.
The KTM RC 390 is powered by a 373.2cc single cylinder engine that also powers the KTM 390 Duke. The liquid-cooled motor develops 43.5 BHP of maximum power at 9,000 rpm and peak torque of 37 Nm at 7,000 rpm. The power from the engine is transferred through a wet multi-plate clutch that feels very light in its operation to a 6-speed constant mesh gearbox. The RC 390 also comes with a slipper clutch that helps in aggressive downshifting on the race track without causing wheel hop. The powerplant is mated to a short-ratio gearbox which harnesses the engine's monstrosity in an electric manner.
The KTM RC 390 delivers a mileage of about 30 kmpl on an average, taken from both city rides and highway stretches. The slim and aerodynamically designed fuel tank holds 10 litres of fuel which is adequate for a range of about 300kms when full.
The RC 390 comes fitted with 43mm Upside Down telescopic forks at the front and the rear is equipped with a monoshock suspension. Even though this setup is tuned to match the raw and sporty character of the motorcycle, it can absorb everyday conditions quite well. The leaned-in riding position with the rear set footpegs is great when riding on the track or while riding aggressively, however, it isn't the most comfortable 2-wheeler for the daily commute.
Alright then, we are back from Bajaj’s test track in Chakan after a thrilling session with the 2017 KTM RC390, and we’re glad to tell you that there’s much to be excited about. Unlike what many would think, the new, 2017 RC390 isn’t just a cosmetic upgrade. Sure, it’s not an overhaul either, but KTM, thankfully has made the changes where it matters most. And if you could feel the changes made to a machine on a racetrack in a positive way, then, well, it most definitely was worth it.