Post the launch of the new RC390 and RC200, KTM is going to launch the 2017 390 Duke and 200 Duke in India this month. While the 390 Duke features a major design overhaul and technological updates, our sources suggest that the 200 Duke will merely be a facelift with new paint schemes.
The 2017 KTM 390 Duke was unveiled at the EICMA Show last year. New styling cues like the new LED headlamps and the edgier bodywork give it an aggressive look. It also gets adjustable hand levers and a TFT instrument console with a hands-free kit and audio player. The subframe has been redesigned while the front wheel rides on new open-cartridge forks. While the 373cc single-cylinder engine is similar to the one in the outgoing model, the new 390 Duke meets BS IV regulations thanks to a three-way catalytic converter and a new exhaust pipe. The engine delivers 44bhp and 35Nm of torque and is mated to a six-speed transmission with a slipper clutch.
However when it comes to the new 200 Duke, there seems to be a twist in the tale. We expect KTM to launch the new 200 Duke facelift in India only with new paint schemes and decals, unlike the global model which features KTM’s new design philosophy. This seems to be a step taken to keep costs in check and continue to offer the 200 Duke at the current price point. The 390 Duke on the other hand is expected to get a price hike of Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000.
Select KTM dealers have started accepting bookings for the motorcycles for a token amount of Rs 20,000. Deliveries are expected to commence before the end of this month, which means that the launch is not more than a fortnight away. Bajaj has announced its plans to launch a new product on February 15, though it has refused to comment on whether it is the new Duke.