- New KTM RC200 revealed ahead of launch
-To be available in at least two colours
- Will feature a bolted sub-frame
The upcoming KTM RC200 has been revealed through leaked photographs ahead of its India launch. The motorcycle was spotted on various occasions through spy images and videos, although the latest set of photographs give us a closer look at the production-spec model. The upcoming RC200, as seen through a series of images in the past, will feature a revised design.
The front fascia, for example, will drop the twin-pod projector setup for a new unit. The single-pod unit on the upcoming model will feature a halogen setup with the LED DRLs and front turn indicators mounted on the fairing. The windscreen is larger than the old motorcycle for better windblast protection. The seat setup will retain the step-up design, although the pillion saddle will feature an all-new styling. KTM has retained the underbelly exhaust that gives the RC200 a clean look from the sides.
Leaked images have confirmed at least two paint options – White/Orange and Black/Orange – for the motorcycle. The White/Orange paint theme looks very similar to the company’s now-discontinued supersport model, the RC8.
Similar to the styling, the underpinnings would receive upgrades too, and the upcoming KTM RC200 will use a bolted sub-frame instead of a welded unit on the old model. The primary frame uses a black colour while the sub-frame gets a shade of orange. The Duke series already uses the bolted sub-frame design. The hardware, on the other hand, will be similar to the outgoing model. Thus, the new RC200 will continue to use upside-down front forks, rear mono-shock, and disc brakes on both wheels.
The cockpit may witness an upgrade, and the upcoming RC200 could use a new LCD screen to display all the ride-related information. While the details are scarce, the new model could get a KTM 250 Adventure-style display instead of the orange backlit screen on the outgoing RC200.
The engine on the outgoing RC200 already complied with the BS6 emission norms, and thus we do not expect to see any changes to the mechanical specifications. Linked to a six-speed gearbox, the 199.5cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine makes 25bhp of power and 19Nm of peak torque.
The official launch details are unavailable yet, although we could see the updated RC range in the Indian market ahead of the upcoming festive season.