KTM has launched the new Duke 390 in India today. This will be KTM's second product to be sold in India, and the third product to be concieved through their collaboration with Indian motorcycle giant Bajaj, who have a 48% stake in the Austrian company.
The Duke 390 now comes equipped with an all-new 373cc fuel-injected liquid-cooled engine, good for generating 43 bhp @ 9500 rpm and 35 Nm torque @ 7250 rpm. Most of the major chassis components, such as the frame, suspension, wheels and bodywork, are all shared with the Duke 200. The bike will be equipped with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) as standard fitment, along with premium Metzeler Sportec M5 tires.
The highlight of the Duke 390 is its power-to-weight ratio: weighing in at 145 kg dry, the 390 boasts of a power-to-weight ratio of over 300 bhp/ton! KTM has not quoted any official acceleration times, but with a sportscar-beating power-to-weight ratio, one can expect the 390 to do 0-100 kmph under 6 seconds, with a clalimed top speed of 160 kmph.
Another interesting aspect of the Duke 390 is that the gear ratios have now been made taller than the 200, which was offered with a short-ratio gearbox that endowed it with quick acceleration, but a low top speed. The 390's taller ratios will help the rider take advantage of the engine's torque to cruise at highway speeds at lower rpms. This would complement the 390's long distance riding abilities, while retaining its street bike characteristics.
The KTM Duke 390 will be offered at an introductory price of Rs 1,80,000 (Ex-showroom, Delhi) , making it a great value-for-money proposition for riding enthusiasts who've been wanting to upgrade to a sub-400cc performance bike at an affordable price. KTM sure has a winner in their hands!