The model year 2018 KTM RC390 fully-faired sportsbike has been spied in India, without camouflage. So far as looks go, the 2018 KTM RC390 does not show any difference when compared to the current version. KTM is likely to give the bike various improvements under the skin based on customer feedback. The tyres on the uncamouflaged bike seem different from the Metzeler units that are standard on the 2017 model. We’ll have to wait for more spyshots or KTM to launch the bike to figure what the new tyres are.
In terms of mechanicals, not many changes are expected given the fact that the KTM RC390 shares its engine with the recently introduced 2017 Duke. The bike is expected to continue with the 373cc, single cylinder four stroke engine with fuel injection and liquid cooling.
This engine produces a peak power of 44 Bhp at 9,000 rpm and a peak torque of 36 Nm at 7,000 rpm. It is paired to a 6 speed manual gearbox that also features a slipper clutch. Known for its explosive power delivery, this engine gives the RC 390 rapid acceleration, with a 0-100 Kph timing of just 5.5 seconds.
In terms of suspension, the bike features upside down front forks and a gas charged rear monoshock. Braking is carried out by disc brakes on both the wheels with ABS coming standard. All these features are likely to be carried over unchanged in the 2018 model as well. We expect KTM to add LED headlamps as that is becoming the norm on most new bikes in this segment. Even the recently launched TVS Apache RR 310S features LED headlamps, tail lamp and turn indicators. A similar lighting change may be expected on the new KTM RC390 as well. The 2017 model of the bike is priced at 2.34 lakhs. The new bike is expected to carry a similar price tag.