2016 KTM RC390 unveiled at the EICMA
It would not be incorrect to say that the KTM RC390 is leaps and bounds ahead of most of the motorcycle in its segment, especially in the Indian market. And the motorcycle is set to improve even further in 2016. Apart from the long list of features from the current model, including ABS as a standard fitment, the 2016 RC390 will benefits from even longer list of components such as slipper clutch, ride-by-wire technology, a new aluminium exhaust and adjustable brake and clutch lever. While rest of the features were appreciated, the new aluminium exhaust received a mixed response from KTM fans (including me). The new exhaust, designed to comply with the Euro 4 emission norms, replaces the underbelly unit that was placed closer to the motorcycle’s centre of gravity and provided a cleaner look while also aiding the handling.
However, the folks in India may not have to witness this eye-souring fitment. A new report claims that the India-spec KTM RC390 will not come equipped with the new aluminium exhaust as the current system complies with the Indian emission norms. The RC390, along with the RC200 and the Duke duo will soon be phased out and replaced by new range of motorcycles in 2017. Moreover, the new exhaust would have added to the production cost which would have affected the final prices and thus the top honchos at KTM and Bajaj have reportedly decided to skip this aluminium exhaust and continue with the underbelly unit for the Indian market.
The current KTM RC390 in action
What the motorcycle would retain from the international spec model is the slipper clutch, which is already available on the new KTM 390 Duke models, and ride-by-wire system. The motorcycle will also retain the adjustable brake and clutch lever and will benefit from the relatively larger front disc brake (320mm vs 300mm on the current model) that is developed in co-operation with Brembo.
Mechanically, the 2016 KTM RC390 continues to draw power from 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.
With the long list of updates, the prices are also bound to go slightly higher. With the addition of slipper clutch and ride-by-wire, expect the 2016 RC390 to carry a premium of about Rs 20,000 over the current model. But that’s a small price considering the package that you are getting. Do you agree? Share your views with us through the comments section below. Don’t forget to share the news with your friends using our social toolbar.