The KTM 200 news kept the entire media busy in the world of automobiles, especially the two wheelers. The fire of the KTM 200 is still not doused and there is something more to it. Reports were doing the rounds after a conference in the US that there could be a KTM bike with bigger displacement.
The bike could be the 305cc KTM two wheeler. The news has finally come true. However, the displacement issue is a bit different. As a matter of fact, the KTM bike is more powerful than expected. When there was news that there would be a 350cc bike, the news is that there would be a 375cc bike from KTM.
However, the bike might be christened as 390 Duke. The bike will share its engine with Bajaj Auto. The Indian company has made statements time and again that there would be a bike with a higher power. There is hardly any doubt left that the bike that Bajaj was constantly talking about was the Duke 390.
The engine of the Duke 390 will be a liquid cooled one with fuel injection and dual overhead camshaft. It is expected to generate 45 PS of power and is likely to weigh about 150kg. However, there are not many details available regarding the performance of the bike at the moment.
But the wait for the performance related details might not be too long. In the month of November, there will be the EICMA Milan Motorcycle show. It is very possible that the details might have been kept under the wraps until then. But, momentarily, we can speak a word about the power-to-weight ratio, which is of 300 PS/ton.
As far as the launch of the bike for the Indian customers is concerned, like the other KTM Duke bikes, the 390 version will be assembled in India only. The work will be carried out at the Bajaj factory in Chakan near Pune. It will be from here that the export to all the destinations will be carried out. Though the launch date is still not known, it is projected that the bike might cost anywhere between Rs. 1.8 lakhs and Rs. 2.5 lakhs.
There will be tougher competition from the likes of Yamaha, Kawasaki and Honda. They all will be bringing in their own bikes with powerful engines. It remains to be seen who emerges as the ultimate winner.