The 2016 KTM RC390, that made its debut at the recently concluded EICMA show in Milan, was spotted at Bajaj’s Chakan plant in Pune, India. While the KTM RC390 is manufactured at Bajaj’s Chakan facility and exported to international markets and this may be one of those export models, this new motorcycle is expected to be unveiled for the Indian market sometime next year. We will not see the updated motorcycle at the 2016 Auto Expo as Bajaj will not be participating in the upcoming motoring event.
Moreover, there is still no official statement about the KTM RC390 from Bajaj about the India launch and we may see a quiet launch, similar to what happened with the updated 390 Duke.
Speaking about the technical updates for 2016, the new RC390 comes equipped with a slipper clutch (already available with the 390 Duke), an aluminium exhaust that replaces the existing under-belly exhaust, switchable ABS, a larger front disc rotor that measures 320 mm, ride by wire technology that replaces the customary cable mechanism and adjustable front brake and clutch levers. The new exhaust is designed to comply with the Euro 4 emission norms.
Mechanically, 2016 RC390 will be powered by the same 373.2 cc, single cylinder, four stroke, liquid cooled engine that propels the current generation motorcycle. The 373.2 cc motor produces 43 hp of power and 35 Nm of torque and comes mated to a six speed transmission. Visual changes are limited to the exhaust which is now an aluminium exhaust as compared to the current under-belly exhaust and a larger disc rotor of 320mm as compared to the 300 mm rotor on the current version.
The upcoming model, with an added list of features, will see a price hike. While the official figures are yet unknown, we expect the 2016 model to be dearer by Rs 15,000-25,000 than the current model.