KTM 390 Duke Vs Hyundai Elantra: Which is quicker?

Motorcycles are known to be very quick because of their power-to-weight ratio. For the same reason, they have a set of loyal followers who believe that motorcycles are much more fun to ride than the cars. Here is a drag race between the expensive Hyundai Elantra and relatively cheaper KTM 390 Duke that shows the stark difference between the car and a bike.

What is happening here?

The video shows a drag race between the KTM 390 Duke and the Hyundai Elantra on an empty road which is free of traffic. The video shows KTM 390 Duke leaping ahead of the Hyundai Elantra and maintaining the lead for quite some distance. The Hyundai Elantra catches up towards the end but could not do so before the finish line.

Both the vehicles are known to be quite quick in their respective segments. The KTM 390 Duke is obviously much lighter than the Elantra – and it is a lightweight motorcycle, and that gives it the power-to-weight ratio advantage. The bike can be seen leaping forward after the start. It stays ahead through the course of the race. Cars are generally slow off the mark but they have a much higher top speed than the bikes. Eventually, the car will overtake the bike if there’s long enough space. Why? Because cars are much more powerful and stable than the motorcycles and they are designed to achieve much higher speeds than the bikes.

It should be noted that the Hyundai Elantra costs 5 times more than the KTM 390 Duke. The Hyundai Elantra is priced from Rs. 13 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi while the KTM 390 Duke is priced at Rs. 2.43 lakhs in the same state. That’s a huge difference in price. The KTM 390 Duke is powered by a 373cc, single-cylinder engine that generates a maximum power of 43 Bhp and a peak torque of 37 Nm. It gets a 6-speed transmission. The Hyundai Elantra gets both petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol engine is a 2.0-litre engine that produces a maximum power of 150 Bhp and 192.2 Nm The diesel engine unit is a 1.6-litre four-cylinder unit that produces a maximum of 126 Bhp and 260 Nm. Both the engine options are available with the manual and automatic option. To keep the things in the perspective. The KTM 390 Duke gets a 0-100 km/h timing of 5.5-seconds. The Hyundai Elantra’s petrol version can do 0-100 km/h in 9.28 seconds while the diesel version can reach the ton in 9.68 seconds. The 390 Duke can reach a top speed of 167.4 km/h while the Elantra’s petrol version can reach a top speed of about 200 km/h while the diesel version can reach 195 km/h.


Shantonil Nag

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