After changing the scene of Indian entry-level performance motorcycling since its launch in 2012, KTM boss has now confirmed the arrival of the new models while the company plans to phase out the existing motorcycles. In an interview to CNBC-TV18, KTM CEO Stefan Pierer confirmed that the existing range of 200/390 Duke and RC200/390 will be replaced by completely new motorcycles based on new engine platforms. The new platform will be jointly developed by KTM and its partner and majority share holder Bajaj Auto.
Pierer said in the interview, “The naked bike family, we call it Duke, from 125 cc for the European markets up to 200, 250, 390 cc, we are going to launch the second generation. It is a totally new bike based on improved engine platform which anyway Euro IV is showing up in Europe in 2017 and even the Indian regulations also very similar. Then design-wise and other components you will see a new generation naked bike.”
KTM recently revealed the Euro 4 compliant 2016 RC390 at the EICMA motorcycle show which came equipped with new features such as slipper clutch, ride-by-wire and switchable ABS to name a few. The new models are expected to carry forward the legacy of the current models along with whole host of updates.
It will be too early to speculate about the upcoming models and the features that would come equipped on the new KTM motorcycles. But going from everything that the Austrian two-wheeler maker has showcased in the past, we expect to see some really good products rolling out of Bajaj’s Chakan plant soon.
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