World’s popular sports bike manufacturer KTM launched their 2017 RC 200 and RC 390 in India with a host of super sport features at a price of Rs.1.71 lakh and Rs.2.25 lakh (Both ex-showroom price, Delhi) respectively. The duo has been provided significant cosmetic changes on the exterior and plenty of new other updates. Deliveries for both the bikes are expected to begin by last week of January.
RC 200 gets new style through cosmetic tweaks as a new livery, striking graphics on the fairing and a white fuel tank representing its popular black and white paint scheme. The old underbelly exhaust still continues to be a part of this machine. The old 199cc engine that complies with BS-IV norms has been retained to produce 25hp power and 19.2Nm torque. It is coupled to a six speed gearbox. The front disc brakes have bulked up from 280mm to 300mm.RC 200 has been given an aluminum swing arm and upside down suspension.
RC 390 scores higher than the little brother in terms of new features. Similar to the cosmetic tweaks on the RC 200, this elder one gets a new black and white paint scheme with new graphics on the fairing where the existing KTM badge has been shrunk and pushed up while a bigger RC 390 badge occupies the space. The orange trellis framework has been extended all the way up to the rear seat panel where an RC 390 badge once again appears. This bike gets ride by wire technology, a slipper clutch, higher ground clearance and a bigger 320mm front disc which halts the vehicle easily. ECU based acceleration enables in better throttle response. The underbelly exhaust has been replaced by a side mounted exhaust and the new aluminium exhaust is said to comply with Euro-IV emission norms. The ABS sensor has been adjusted for better safety while the instrument cluster gets new features. The bike also gets a new Bosch fuel pump with renewed fuel pump pressure. Lesser vibrations are noted due to the rubber cushions on the fairing. The RC 390 is powered by the existing 373.2 cc that continues to fire 43.5bhp and 36Nm of torque mates to a six speed gearbox.
KTM machines have always been worth every penny spent and these upgraded twins are expected to carry forward the same expectations in terms of performance. Rumours are that the company plans to upgrade the Duke model too by the end of this year.