KTM India launches an all-new and updated version of the RC390 in the country. The updates are mainly mechanical and the Austrian manufacturer does not provide any visual updates. All the new features are part of their 2016 update for the Indian market.
The 2016 RC390 receives a slipper clutch as part of its major update. The Slipper clutch will provide riders with a more rideable motorcycle even during spirited gear changes. As part of a safety feature, the 2016 RC390 does not get a headlight on/off switch. The headlights will always remain on and can only be switched between upper and dipper modes.
The new KTM RC390 is priced attractively at Rs. 2.13 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi). Unfortunately, the 2016 RC390 does not get a new exhaust system as seen at 2015 EICMA. An all-new underbelly, adjustable levers, and larger disc brake is not part of the 2016 update.
Powering the RC390 is the same engine by KTM with minor tweaks. Engineers have focussed on making the engine and gearbox as smooth as possible for a dynamic riding experience. Performance figures and other equipment do not receive any update.
Previously, KTM India provided the 390 Duke with similar updates. The RC390 becomes an even better buying proposition than what it already was. No notable difference in terms of styling will be noticed when the 2016 and 2015 RC390 stand side-by-side.