KTM has launched the RC390 and RC200 at an astonishing price of Rs 2.25 lakh And Rs 1.71 lakh respectively. The Austrian brand which is known producing aggressive motorcycle for an affordable price tag showcased the updated 2017 RC range at the 2016 Intermot Motorcycle Show in Germany.
Both the RC390 and RC200 gets new colours and graphics. The elder sibling also gets some mechanical updates for 2017. The new BSIV compliant RC390 will battle with rivals from Japan in the entry-level sportsbike segment.
KTM RC390 And RC200 Competitors
The main competitors of the RC390 are Yamaha R3 and Kawasaki Ninja 300 in India. Japanese motorcycles are well-known for their reliability in any conditions. Will the more powerful and mechanically superior RC390 stack up against the Japanese ponies?
As an affordable performance pocket rocket, the RC200 will compete against the likes of Yamaha R15 V2.0 (V3.0 is on its way to the Indian shores) and Honda CBR 150R. But when it comes to sheer engine performance, the RC 200 will blow the Japs away.
The KTM RC390 is powered by a 373cc motor that is tuned to deliver 44bhp of power and 36Nm of peak torque. This massive output is sent to the rear wheel via a 6-speed transmission with slipper clutch.
On the other hand, the RC200's powertrain remains the same as the outgoing model. The 199cc motor on the model generates 24bhp of power and 19.2Nm of peak torque and is mated to a 6-speed transmission.
KTM RC390 And RC200 Prices
- Rs 2,25,300 ex-showroom (Delhi)
- Rs 1,71,740 ex-showroom (Delhi)
KTM RC390 And RC200 Features
The short-but-sweet list of features for the updated RC390 starts with ride-by-wire throttle, new seats for improved comfortness, wider mirrors (so you can see what's happening behind rather than your own biceps) and adjustable levers (helpful for riders with different preferences).
The new sub-500cc model also shares some features with the outgoing model like the dual-projector headlamps, exposed tubular Trellis frame and LED pilot lights. The most significant update is the side-mounted exhaust which replaces the underbelly unit. The 2017 RC390 gains some weight with all these added updates and it now weighs 167.5kg.
The RC390 comes equipped with EVAP (the system keeps the gas fumes in the fuel tank from reaching the atmosphere, thus preventing air pollution) and CAN bus (an electrical system which offers considerably larger range of functions compared to conventional motorcycle system).
The suspension duties are carried out by the same 43mm upside-down WP forks up front and out back, a WP mono-shock. The stopping power comes from a 320mm (20mm larger than outgoing model) disc at the front squeezed by four-piston radial fixed caliper, while the 230mm rear disc brake gets single piston floating caliper and also features Bosch's new 9MB two-channel ABS.
The quarter-litre offering from KTM, the RC200 haven't any mechanical updates for 2017, however, the new model gets completely new graphics. The 2017 model is equipped with the same 43mm WP suspension at the front and WP monoshock at the rear. The fuel tank capacity has decreased from 10 litres to 9.5 litres and the model weighs 147kg.
Booking And Deliveries
The bookings for the KTM RC390 and RC200 starts today and deliveries of the RC200 in a week's time. The RC390 delivery will take a couple of weeks more.
Below is the extensive photo gallery of the newly launched 2017 KTM RC390. Click to view.