As promised by us, we are reporting LIVE from the KTM 390 Duke India launch event. The much publicized KTM 390 Duke is parked right in front of us and is less than a couple of hours away from officially being launched in the ever growing Indian bike market.
Even though the bike is still under the wraps, the very sight of the new bike’s silhouette has got us all excited and elated. The new 390 Duke has surely taken a long time to come to us, with a gazillion launch-related speculations teasing us to the point of madness. To add, we’ve been seeing spy shots for quite some time now. But finally!
The much awaited 375cc variant of the KTM Duke looks poised to kickstart a new segment in the fast developing entry level performance bike market in India. From what we have come to know from our counterparts in Austria, the bike is capable of dismissing 100kmph from standstill in just 5-6 secs and has a genuine 150kmph-plus capability. The KTM 390 Duke is also capable of hitting 130kmph in scant 10-11 secs.
Powering the new KTM 390 Duke is a 4 stroke water-cooled 375cc single cylinder motor that has as many as 44 horses at its disposal and has a peak torque figure of 35Nm. The motor is mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox that is derived from that of the 200 Duke. The 390 Duke’s transmission shares quite a few components with the Duke 200’s transmission but comes with different gear ratios.
(Please find the full technical specs at the end of this page).
The fact that the bike is known to have a well sorted out handling package makes the 390 Duke a sure shot recipe for fun.
The Duke 390 shares its crankcase castings with the smaller Duke 200. The 390 Duke’s 375cc engine boasts of stuff such as forged piston and a chrome plated cylinder.
Visually, the KTM 390 Duke is almost identical to the 125cc and 200cc variants, with the only change being KTM Orange paint on the trellis frame, alloy wheels and different decals.
Stay tuned for KTM 390 Duke India price list to be declared.
KTM 390 Duke Technical Specifications:
- Engine: 4 stroke water-cooled single cylinder
- Engine capacity: 373.2cc
- Power: 44HP at 9,500rpm
- Torque: 35Nm at 7,250rpm
- Fuel system: Bosch EFI
- Ignition system: Bosch EMS83
- Transmission: 6-speed
- Weight: 145Kg (Without fuel)
- Power-to-weight ratio: 316.5PS/Tonne
- Clutch: Hydraulic operated
KTM India is airing the proceedings of the launch LIVE and one can see the monster being launched in the country right from his office. *winks
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