KTM 390 Duke is a popular choice for a whole bunch of motorcycle enthusiasts around the globe as the next-gen model launch in on the anvil.
The next-gen KTM 390 Duke was spotted yet again and the latest spy shots suggest that the model is close to a launch. Note that while the spy shots were being circulated online for a few months now, this is one of the first instances of the bike appearing devoid of any camouflage. KTM is a brand associated with performance and style. It is a global brand and its products are being offered in our market to attract bike enthusiasts. With the successful run with the existing model, KTM aims to build upon that success with the next-gen version and the launch is slated for mid-2023.
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Next-Gen KTM 390 Duke
The spy image has been watermarked by iamabikerdotcom on social media. It has been surfacing on various platforms on the internet ever since. In this image, we are able to spot a lot of differences and similarities with the existing models. While the overall silhouette and stance largely remain the same, there are subtle mechanical and aesthetic modifications. This includes things like a new swingarm, a new subframe, a new suspension assembly with a monoshock absorber at the rear at an offset position, underbelly exhaust brakes with radially-mounted callipers, rotors mounted onto the alloy wheels, new taillamp design and more.
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In addition to that, it could come loaded with the latest features including traction control, cornering ABS, a new quick shifter, a new infotainment display, improved electronics, a large fuel tank, and more. The body graphics are quite attractive in the image as well with the trademark orange colour which is the quintessential mark of KTM bikes. It will rival the likes of the BMW G310R and Honda CB300R in our market.
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It will be quite interesting to see if the KTM 390 Duke gets a slightly improved engine with higher power and torque. At the moment, it comes powered by a 373-cc single-cylinder fuel-injected oil-cooled engine that develops a healthy 43.5 PS hp and 37 Nm of peak power and torque. There is a 6-speed transmission mated to this engine with Assist & Slipper tech and the price is Rs 2.97 lakh, ex-showroom. The new model will be manufactured at Bajaj’s Chakan facility soon and the price would see a slight surge too.