Following last month’s revealing spy image of the highly anticipated 2017 KTM Duke 390, Milanese artist Valerio Polifroni has come up with a speculative rendering of the same. The new styling of the Austrian street fighter motorcycle will involve beak like tank extensions, a split, LED powered headlamp, and an exposed sub-frame. The tank, seat and tail section will be redesigned as well, with inspiration coming from the big daddy, the 1290 Super Duke. A set of new body graphics will also be in the offing, while the trademark orange and white livery with black highlights will continue to be offered.
2017 KTM Duke 390 spied at Bajaj’s manufacturing facilities in Chakan near Pune
Mechanically, the 2017 KTM Duke 390 will use an updated version of the current, single cylinder, 373.2cc engine that’ll comply with the Euro 4 emission norms. Power and torque figures are expected to rise as well, as compared to the 43 bhp and 35 Nm that the existing engine produces. The updated motorcycle will continue to use Metzeler tyres, while features like a slipper clutch, ride-by-wire and dual channel ABS will be offered as well, apart from an updated exhaust system.
2016 KTM SuperDuke 1290
The production of the 2017 KTM Duke 390 will commence from October 2016 and the motorcycle will reach showrooms in India in early-2017. Expect the 2017 variants to carry a marginally higher price tag than the current model, which sells fro around INR 2 lakh, but we really cannot pin-point the range at this point. The motorcycle will go head to head against the TVS-BMW G 310 R in India.