Bajaj Auto brought KTM to India during 2012 with the introduction of Duke 200. Soon after that, the manufacturer introduced a more powerful machine called the Duke 390 motorcycle. KTM also used Bajaj's Chakan facility to import motorcycles to several markets.
Currently, KTM India manufacturers the Duke 125, Duke 200, Duke 390, RC125, RC200, and RC390 models. All these models are also exported out of Chakan, Pune to various markets. The Austrian-based manufacturer plans to revamp its Indian developed Duke and RC range by 2017.
2016 will witness a mild update by KTM to the Duke and RC range. KTM will be equipping its Duke 390 and RC390 models with a ride-by-wire accelerator. A slipper clutch (for the RC390), adjustable levers, and a bigger front disc and calliper will be included.
For 2017, however, KTM will utilise an all-new engine platform for their Duke and RC range. Several other changes will also be made to the motorcycle. There are rumours that KTM could introduce cornering ABS as well to the motorcycles as part of their 2017 update.
KTM motorcycles have been priced extremely aggressively against competitors in India as well as in international markets. With the introduction of newer models, it is going to get very tough for rivals to compete with the Austrian manufacturer. India could be the first country to receive the all-new range of Duke and RC as it is manufactured at Chakan, Pune.