Spy Image courtesy VisorDown
A test mule of the upcoming KTM 125 Duke was recently spotted during its pre-launch test runs on the European tarmac. While the 125 Duke will not be available for the Indian audience, the motorcycle will share its design traits with 200/390 Duke, thus dropping a hint on how the upcoming pocket rockets from KTM will look. While we await the motorcycles, the folks at motoring portal RushLane took a guess about how the motorcycle will look and created a digital render of what they feel the motorcycle will look like.
The render tries to give us an insight of how the production-spec motorcycle will look like but it somehow does not appear as sharp as the test mule. The headlight of the recently spied test mule was covered to hide the finer details but we have already seen the split illuminator in the previous spy image. The motorcycle will use the updated motor to comply with the European emission norms which explains the conventional exhaust instead of the underbelly unit on the current generation model.
Though unconfirmed, the upcoming KTM 390 Duke may use the Euro IV compliant engine that currently propels the new 2016 RC390. Introduced at the 2015 EICMA motorcycle show, the 2016 KTM RC390 features slipper clutch, a larger front disc brake (320mm), Ride-by-wire technology, switchable ABS and a new aluminium exhaust to meet Euro 4 emission norms and the 2017 390 Duke is expected to carry the same hardware, unless KTM surprises us with something new.
There haven’t been any drop in performance with the Euro IV compliant RC390 and the motorcycle continues to use the 375cc liquid cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine with twin overhead camshafts, four valves and electronic fuel injection. The 89 mm bore and 60 mm stroke still deliver 32 kW or 44 hp of power and 35 Nm of torque.
Euro Iv compliant KTM RC390
The new 2017 KTM 390 Duke is expected to make its debut at the 74th EICMA motorcycle show scheduled in November 2016. While we wait for that to happen, let us know your views about the render through the comments section below.
Render Source: RushLane