The KTM RC 390 has been a hot favourite of fully-faired performance motorcycle enthusiasts in the country. With its outright performance and menacing looks the RC 390 has been a dominant player in the Indian market.
Now, KTM is all set to introduce the 2018 iteration of the motorcycle in the country. Motoroids has spotted the 2018 KTM RC 390 in India, without any camouflage.
By looking at the overall design, the 2018 KTM RC 390 is identical to the 2017 model and features the same decals. But KTM is expected to bring in a host of improvements under the skin based on the customer feedback.
But the tyres on the 2018 RC 390 seems different from the regular Metzeler Sportec M5 tyres offered in the currently sold model. The spy images are not clear enough to figure out the new tyres.
On the mechanical front, the 2018 RC 390 is expected to remain unchanged and will draw power from the existing 373.2cc liquid-cooled, single cylinder engine producing 43bhp and 36Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox assisted by the slipper clutch.
KTM is likely to carry forward all the features offered in the 2017 RC 390. The motorcycle sports ride-by-wire throttle, adjustable levers and digital instrument cluster. The 2018 RC 390 is equipped with upside down forks at the front and monoshock suspension at the rear.
Braking duties are handled by discs at both the ends with dual-channel ABS as standard. We expect KTM to offer LED headlamps as opposed to the projector units found on the currently sold model. LED lights are becoming a norm with the modern motorcycles, and same can be expected on the new RC 390.
The 2018 KTM RC 390 does not feature any major changes to the exterior design, but the company might bring a host of improvements under the skin. The tyres are also different, and we can expect Michelin or Pirelli tyres on the new model. Currently, the KTM RC 390 is priced at Rs 2.25 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi). The fully-faired motorcycle will rival the likes of Apache RR 310, Benelli 302R, Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Yamaha YZF-R3.