Among the most popular performance-oriented motorcycle brands of the country, KTM is planning to introduce around 5-6 models in its Indian lineup come 2020. The Austrian bike manufacturer recently launched its most powerful bike in India yet, the Duke 790. During the event sidelines, Bajaj Auto president for pro-biking, Sumeet Narang revealed that KTM will be doing several launches which will consist of both new models as well as upgrades. Now that the Bajaj boffin has hinted towards the launches, here are 6 bikes that could be launched in India under KTM’s label in the coming time, last being 2020. Since Bajaj had earlier said that Husqvarna motorcycles will be sold and serviced via the KTM dealerships across the country initially, we have included the Husky 401 twins in this list too.
KTM 390 Adventure
First on the list is also one of the most awaited bikes of the year, the KTM 390 Adventure. The has been spotted testing in India a few times and could be launched by the end of 2019 itself. KTM has a lot of experience in making adventure bikes globally and the company also competes in the Dakar rally championship, considered to be the toughest off-road rally race. It will share most of the parts like engine among others with the 390 Duke.
Husqvarna Svartpilen 401
Husqvarna will make its India entry this year one of the first models to be launched by the company will be the Svartpilen. The Svartpilen is a relaxed, scrambler-styled motorcycle which has a wild design along with typical scrambler traits. The Svartpilen will be powered by the same 390 Duke engine as its other twin. The 373cc engine produces 44 Bhp of peak power along with 37 Nm of torque and comes mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox with slipper clutch.
Compared to the Svartpilen, the Vitpilen is a retro, cafe racer styled bike with sporty riding position. However, it is a far cry from conventional cafe racers and features a radical design with fuses the DNA of a cafe racer with a lightweight naked performance bike. It gets powered by the same 373cc engine that does the duty on KTM 390 series bikes. The liquid-cooled engine produces 44 Bhp of peak power along with 37 Nm of torque and gets four-valve twin-cam head, fuel injection and a slipper clutch. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard.
While KTM updated the Duke 250 and 390 in India some time back, the RC series bikes have seen almost no change ever since their launch. KTM is now developing an updated version of the RC390 and the bike was recently spotted testing in Austria. The updated bike features substantial design changes as seen in the spy shot above including the body fairing and saddles. The new RC 390 will sit on a slimmer trellis subframe which extends behind the rider while the handlebar will also sport a more ergonomic design. The instrument cluster will be replaced with the unit seen on the 390 Duke. The bike will be unveiled during the 2019 EICMA with a launch following in subsequent on our shores.
KTM 200 Duke
The 200 Duke is another KTM bike that hasn’t received many changes since its launch in India. That, however, is set to change soon as the manufacturer is expected to launch an updated version of the bike in the first quarter of 2020. The styling is likely to be altered to resemble its bigger brothers while the rising comfort is another area KTM is aiming towards. This means a softer suspension setup along with more comfortable saddle, something which will increase the bike’s practicality by miles. There is no information regarding any changes in the engine configuration as of yet and the bike could retain the same engine outputs.
KTM 250 Adventure
KTM is also working on a smaller, 250 cc adventure bike that will be more affordable than the 390 Adventure. The latter will have an ex-showroom price tag of around Rs. 3 lakhs and hence, the 250 Adventure will be positioned as a cheaper alternative of its bigger brother and will appeal more to the masses. The design could be same as that of the 390 Adventure but the engine and other mechanicals are most likely to be shared with the 250 Duke. Reports suggest that it will also be showcased at the 2019 EICMA show alongside several other KTM bikes.