The last week saw an interesting mix of events with a major motorcycle launch, a few spy shots and, our exclusive report about the highly anticipated KTM 390 Adventure. While we covered all of these interesting stories comprehensively, in case you missed them last week, here’s a quick round-up for you.
2019 BMW S1000RR launched
BMW has launched the 2019 version of its much-hallowed litre-class sportsbike, the S1000RR. With a premium of Rs 60,000 over the previous model, the 2019 S1000RR has been priced at Rs 18.50 lakhs. The German bikemaker has also introduced higher-spec Pro and Pro M Sport variants which cost Rs 20.95 lakhs and Rs 22.95 lakhs, respectively. The 2019 edition is the third-gen model of the supersport which gets a newly developed powerplant, a new chassis and a fresh design, besides the upgraded electronics.
New Royal Enfield Classic 350 spied
Royal Enfield was spotted testing the new version of the Classic 350 once again. The latest spy shots give a closer look of the motorcycle, revealing more details. Besides the subtle cosmetic alterations, the major change comes in the form of a new double downtube frame, as opposed to the single downtube frame on the outgoing model. Moreover, RE is also likely to tweak the powerplant to make it BS VI-compliant and to lower down the vibrations. The new Classic models are expected to be introduced in the coming months.
TVS Ntorq 125 gets a new colour
In order to appeal to more buyers, TVS has launched a new colour scheme for its 125cc scooter, the Ntorq 125. The scooter now gets a matte white shade alongside the already available five colour options including matte yellow, matte red, metallic blue, metallic grey and metallic red. Interestingly, the new colour is available only in the disc brake variant of the scooter which is priced at Rs 59,995. The TVS Ntorq 125 has been one of the highest selling scooters in its segment which is evident by the 43 per cent y-o-y growth in its sales in May.
Hero Splendor outsold Honda Activa in May
In the two-wheeler sales chart of May 2019, the top two spots were retained by the Hero Splendor and the Honda Activa. Interestingly, the former outsold the latter yet again. The Splendor series models registered sales of 2,67,450 units in May while Honda sold 2,18,734 units of the Activa 5G and Activa 125 combined. This results in a difference of 48,716 units. Subsequently, the individual sales of both the models saw a considerable drop, which was the case with the overall two-wheeler industry in India.
India to get the KTM 390 Adventure first
While most of us are waiting for the launch of the KTM 390 Adventure with bated breath, here’s an interesting update about the motorcycle. According to our sources, India will be the first country to get the entry-level KTM ADV following its global unveiling at the 2019 EICMA Show. The bikemaker will start manufacturing the motorcycle in India post its EICMA unveiling while it also plans to add an extra assembly line dedicated to the motorcycle. Once launched, the KTM 390 Adventure will compete against the Royal Enfield Himalayan, BMW G310GS and the Kawasaki Versys X-300.
(All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi)