What should be the logical price of the KTM 390 Duke? Hours away from launch

KTM 390 Duke India price, launch, specs, top speed, mileage, 0-100, pics and details

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The KTM 390 Duke is just a few hours away from making it to Indian bike market and we are on our way to cover the event LIVE. The 390 Duke has surely taken a lot of time to come to us and we were soon to lose count of the gazillion launch-related speculations that have been seen floating on the cyber space.

The much awaited 375cc variant of the KTM Duke looks poised to kickstart an altogether new segment of the 250-400cc performance bike market in our country. As we have been reporting, the bike would have a 0-100kmph timing of around 5-6 secs and would have a top whack of almost 160kmph. The KTM 390 Duke is also capable of hitting 130kmph in scant 10-11 secs.

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The 375cc variant of the Duke has a max power output of 44bhp and has a peak torque figure of 35Nm. The engine is mated to a 6 speed manual transmission. The 390 Duke’s 375cc engine benefits from forged piston and a chrome plated cylinder. The KTM Duke 390 will come to us with ABS as standard. This ABS system is build by Bosch and can be switched on or off by the rider.
(Check out the full technical specs at the end of this page).

Our counterparts in International media have reassured us that the bike has a well sorted out handling package, which along with a powerful engine, makes the bike a really fun to ride machine.

Visually, the KTM 390 Duke will be 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.

Now, the million dollar question that arises is- What would be the price of the soon to be launched KTM 390 Duke?

Components sharing between the 390 and the 200 Duke

  • It is a well known fact that the KTM 390 Duke and the KTM 200 Duke share quite a few components between them. To be fair to the smaller bike, it can be said that the 390 Duke borrows quite a few parts from the 200 Duke. 
  • KTM R&D Manager (Street) Sebastian Sekira has told media that the KTM 200 Duke’s chassis is more than capable of handling more loads. Hence, all it took them was to take the 200’s chassis, make minor alterations, and use it for the 390 Duke. 
  • Both the KTM 200 and the 390 use the same trellis frames. Talking about the suspension, both the bikes have 43mm upside down forks at the front and direct mount rear monoshock. However, the bikes have different suspension settings. 
  • The 390’s motor is based on that of the 200 and both the bikes share the crankcase and gearbox (the 390 gets different gear ratios).

All this means that the Austrian bike maker hasn’t invested a lot to take the leap from 200 Duke to 390 Duke. While the 390 Duke borrows a lot from the 200 Duke, the fact that it comes with a highly revised suspension and a more power motor alone puts it in a much higher league.

The component sharing means that the bike shouldn’t be priced much higher than the 200 Duke. However, pricing the bike too close to the 200 Duke would rob the 390 Duke off its ‘premium-ness’.

We would have to wait for a few hours more before we get to know about the bike’s price, Till then, our guess is as good as yours.

What you feel would be the sticker price of the new Katoom.

  • Will it be below 2.0 lakhs? 
  • Or will it be btween 2.0 – 2.4 lakhs?
  • Also let us know if you think it would be above 2.4 lakhs

Let us know through commenting below, in the comments section.

Go to next page for KTM Duke 390 Specifications and Image gallery

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
  • Dry Weight: 139Kg
  • Power-to-weight ratio: 316.5PS/Tonne
  • Clutch: Hydraulic operated

 

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