As confirmed by KTM CEO Stefan Pierer in an interview, the Duke/RC motorcycles would be phased out by 2016 end, with new models scheduled to roll out in 2017. But what exactly would the Austrian manufacturer bring out next year? Well, the folks at Motorcycle News have got the answer to that question. The motoring magazine caught the test mules of the upcoming 2017 KTM 390 Duke during the test runs in Spain. The spy images give us a brief idea about how the 2017 variant of the India made Austrian pocket rocket would look like.
The 2017 KTM 390 Duke will receive cosmetic updates in the form of a re-designed fuel tank with extensions and new body panels. The rider and pillion seats too have undergone some updates and so has the tail end. The long tail on the current models have been replaced by a smaller unit while the LED tail light has also received updates. The 2017 390 Duke will continue to use Metzeler Sportec M5 tyres.
The new 2017 KTM 390 Duke has to comply with the new Euro 4 regulations thus expect to see mechanical updates on that 375cc single cylinder power plant. The current model delivers 43 bhp of power and the number is expected to improve with the 2017 version. The new RC390 for the European market uses the conventional exhaust pipe instead of the under belly unit and the 2017 390 Duke will see similar updates. The headlight is identical to the current model but we expect it to receive some updates in the production form.
The updated 2017 390 Duke is expected to be officially unveiled by the end of this year and will be manufactured in Bajaj’s plant in Chakan, Pune. It would be too early to comment about the prices but expect the new 2017 model to carry a marginal premium over the current model.
Source: Motorcycle News