The styling of the new RC 390 is a complete departure from its previous self. The older model’s edgy design has made way for a styling that’s inspired by KTM’s MotoGP bike. This design is also more aerodynamic and offers a better drag coefficient. Then, the layered side panels add to the visual appeal of the motorcycle, while the raked tail section looks svelte. What also adds to the visual treat is the KTM Factory Racing Blue paint scheme, which seems quite attractive.
The 2022 RC 390 uses a larger airbox and revised engine mapping, which has resulted in the 373cc motor pumping out 42.9bhp and 37Nm. This has made the engine more tractable and refined. However, it has come at the cost of losing out on the hooligan character to some extent. That said, although the power is delivered in a linear fashion, there’s enough and more grunt available all the way till the 10,000rpm redline. And let’s not forget, the RC 390 is the most powerful motorcycle in its segment.
The RC 390 was always known for its agility and handling prowess. And the 2022 iteration stays true to its ethos, albeit in a slightly toned-down manner. Sure, it isn’t as razor-sharp and pointy as its predecessor, but the new RC 390 is intuitive and engaging to ride on race tracks and public roads, be it winding ghat roads, hairpins, or long corners.
KTM has hit it out of the park when it comes to the features offered with the 2022 RC 390. The motorcycle comes loaded with a full suite of electronics rider aids like a motorcycle traction control (MTC) system, lean-sensitive cornering ABS, a bi-directional quickshifter+, and switchable ABS with Supermoto mode. Then, there’s a full-TFT colour instrument cluster complete with Bluetooth connectivity, music and telephone controls, adjustable brake and clutch levers, full-LED lighting, and more.