The next generation KTM Duke 390 is on its way, and could be showcased to this world at the end of this year. India’s expected to get the all new Duke 390 next year. The bike shows major styling changes, and moves closer to the bigger-engined Super Duke in terms of design. The bike will be built at Bajaj Auto’s Chakan factory, and will be exported to countries around the world.
Talking design, this render from Valerio Polifroni shows the lines that the new Duke 390 will feature. The bike will look sharper and more muscular than ever before. The sub frames on the flanks will be exposed and the headlamp will be an aggressive-looking split LED unit. The seat and fuel tank are also likely to be redesigned. Tank extensions will also make it to the design Duke lovers will hope that KTM adds some capacity to the tank.
The bike will continue to be a twin seater, but with the tail section redesigned to make the overall design look more compact. A redesigned exhaust that exits from the right hand side could replace the under body unit. Hardware changes could include a tweaked engine that’s expected to retain its 373.2 cc capacity and single cylinder layout, but with more power and torque.
Features such as slipper clutch, ride-by-wire and dual channel ABS will be standard. Expect pricing to be similar to the outgoing model. Given that the TVS-BMW alliance is expected to price the G 310R lower than the current Duke 390, Bajaj and KTM are expected to get super aggressive with the new Duke’s pricing. Watch out for some fireworks. God bless competition!
Render courtesy Valerio Polifroni