- Looks closer to a production model
- Features new frame and bodywork
- Could be launched by the year-end
The upcoming KTM 390 Duke has been spotted testing once again and we have some close spy shots of the bike. Here, the test mule seems closer to production, as the overall bodywork and silhouette hint at the same.
For its next generation, the 390 Duke appears to be even more aggressive in terms of design. The tank shrouds seem larger and the headlight, though similar to the current model, has been tweaked a bit. It’s still a vertically stacked LED unit but the boomerang-like LED DRLs appear a little aggressive. The mirrors, too, have a different shape than the ones we see on the current model. Moreover, KTM is set to use a new rear sub-frame on the upcoming 390 Duke.
We expect the bike to feature a slightly tweaked motor as well. For reference, KTM continues using a single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 373cc motor. It makes 42.9bhp and 37Nm and is linked to a six-speed gearbox. So, the next-gen bike could get a different tune and altered internals. Then, the spy shots show a dual radiator fan setup, which is similar to the 2023 RC 390. This has been done in a bid to improve heat dissipation and allow the engine to operate optimally at slightly higher temperatures too.
Besides LED illumination, KTM will likely load the new 390 Duke with TFT, ABS, a quickshifter, traction control, smartphone connectivity, and more features. Its hardware, too, will be new and borrowed from the RC. The front end gets WP USD forks and the rear sports a monoshock. The front disc brake seems large and the wheels are similar to those of the Duke supersport siblings’.
With all these updates, the 2023 KTM 390 Duke would be priced higher than the current model, which retails at Rs. 2.97 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Once launched, it’ll rival the BMW G 310 R and the Honda CB300R.
Image Credits: Anil Ambre