2016 KTM RC390 revealed at EICMA, gets slipper clutch and ride-by-wire, drops underbelly exhaust


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The ongoing 2015 EICMA motorcycle show in Milan saw the much awaited 2016 KTM RC390 that will now come equipped with even more features than ever before.

For 2016, the Austrian two-wheeler maker has loaded its Moto3 inspired motorcycle with a slipper clutch, a larger front disc brake (320mm), Ride-by-wire technology, switchable ABS and a new aluminium exhaust to meet Euro 4 emission norms. Moreover, for 2016, the brakes on the KTM RC390 are developed in cooperation with Brembo to provide enhanced stopping power once the anchor is dropped. Finally, adding to sporty and premium lists of features is the addition of adjustable front brake and clutch lever on the 2016 RC390.

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Mechanically, the 2016 KTM RC390 continues to use the same liquid cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke 375cc engine with twin overhead camshafts, four valves and electronic fuel injection that propels the current model. The 89 mm bore and 60 mm stroke continue to deliver 32 kW or 44 hp of power and 35 Nm of torque.

Visually, apart from the aluminium exhaust that replaces the under-belly unit, there aren’t many elements that differentiate the 2016 RC390 from the current generation model. The mechanical updates, however, are likely to improve the ride experience and are a welcome change. The 2016 KTM RC390 will be manufactured at Bajaj’s Pune plant and we expect to see this updated model roll out of the Indian stores in the coming months.

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The 2016 KTM RC390 is expected to carry a slightly premium price tag than the current model. More details for the Indian market are likely to surface in coming months. Meanwhile, do let us know your opinions about the 2016 KTM RC390 through the comments section below.

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