Here is a proper race video between Kawasaki Ninja 300 and KTM RC 390. See yourself which one is the fastest and wins the race!
Under a budget of 4 Lakhs, you have a couple of sports bikes you can buy. If you want towards the end of your budget, you have the KTM RC 390, Kawasaki Ninja 300 and TVS Apache RR310. Earlier, the list included the Yamaha R3 as well but it has been discontinued now.
Going by the reviews online, KTM RC 390 and Kawasaki Ninja 300 are your best bet. Both their ex-showroom prices are under Rs 3 Lakhs and both are amazing at their own places. Here’s a race between them to help you in this confusion. Take a look at it once!
One is a stock KTM RC 390 while the Ninja 300 gets a customized performance exhaust muffler. In the starting, you can see that RC 390 gets a clear head start. You can see both the bikes crossing 150 km/hr speed easily. On Ninja 300, you can see it reaching 187 km/hr. That’s something that will make you proud if you are a Ninja owner.
KTM RC 390 manages to stay ahead for most of the time, but towards the finish, it loses out to Kawasaki Ninja 300 on top-speed. You can see the latter wins the race by just a whisker. We are not sure if how much has the exhaust setup helped in this, but still, RC 390 is slightly more powerful than Ninja.
As for the KTM sportsbike, it gets a 373cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine, that produces 43 BHP and 35 Nm of peak torque. The engine comes paired with a 6-speed gearbox. The on-paper top-speed of RC 390 is 167 km/hr but we can clearly see it touching that limit. On papers, it is quicker as well as lighter than the Ninja.
The Japanese, on the other hand, gets a 296cc twin-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that is good for 39 BHP and 28 Nm of peak torque. It gets a 6-speed gearbox. The claimed top speed of the Ninja 300 is 180 km/hr. The RC goes from 0-100 km/hr in 5.9 seconds, whereas Ninja 300 does the same in 6.6 seconds. A small but noticeable difference.
For the time being, Kawasaki has discontinued the Ninja 300. It will soon get a BS6 compliant engine and will be back in market. Reports suggest that there are chances of lowest price hike with the BS6 transition. Two years back, it received a major price cut and dual-channel ABS, which bought the price down to Rs 2.98 Lakhs (ex-showroom).