Ladies and gentlemen, this is what we all have been waiting for! The current KTM Duke series will be replaced by its successor in 2017 and the upcoming model has been snapped in production form at Bajaj’s Chakan plant. The latest spy image comes courtesy Vignesh Manickavasagam who shared the image of the new 2017 KTM 390 Duke on Facebook.
Visually, as seen in the spy image, the 2017 model will be completely overhauled with an updated design. The 2017 390 Duke is almost a doppelganger of the the KTM 1290 SuperDuke. Upfront is an all new, split headlight which somewhat resembles the 1290 SuperDuke along with high set LED blinkers. The instrument cluster positioning too is identical to the 1290 SuperDuke. The motorcycle continues to use a flat handlebar and grips from the current model. However, the handlebar is painted black. Moreover, the 2017 model also gets adjustable brake and clutch lever.
2017 KTM 390 Duke test mule spotted in Spain
Unlike the current generation KTM 390 Duke, the 2017 model gets bolted tank shrouds with contrasting colour, a trait seen on the biggest Duke from KTM. The new model may also get an exposed sub-frame, again, something that we already saw on the 1290 SuperDuke. The motorcycle will continue to use the Metzeler tyres. An earlier snapped test mule revealed quite a few details and you can read more about it here.
Mechanically, the 2017 KTM 390 Duke will get an updated motor to comply with the Euro 4 emission norms. The current model delivers 43 bhp of power and the number is expected to improve with the 2017 version.
As suggested in the Facebook post, the production of the 2017 KTM 390 Duke will commence from October 2016 and the motorcycle will reach showroom in India next year. Expect the 2017 variants to carry a marginally higher price tag than the current model but we really cannot pin-point the range at this point.