KTM’s partner and stake holder Bajaj manufactured the 125 cc, 200 cc, 250 cc and 390 cc variants of Duke and RC series under the KTM nameplate at their facility in Pune. It is from here that these eight variants are exported to the world.
At the EICMA in Nov 2015, KTM unveiled updated RC 390 with a new exhaust system. Unlike the previous edition, which had received under-belly exhaust, the new 2016 KTM RC 390 featured a side-mounted exhaust system. Now this was done so as to meet the stricter emission norms in developed countries, especially in Europe.
This new exhaust system would add about INR 10-15k above the price of existing RC 390. And because India the emission norms are not as stringent, KTM decided to not launch the side-mounted exhaust system in India.
So what are these spy shots doing on the internet? Well, they were clicked while Bajaj riders were testing the export-spec KTM RC 390.
In India, KTM launched 2016 edition of all four KTM variants earlier this year. Updated KTM Duke 200 costs INR 1.40 lakh, Duke 390 costs 1.90 lakh, RC 200 costs 1.65 lakh and RC 390 costs 2.09 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom.
Updates on offer with 2016 KTM RC 390 include slipper clutch, ride-by-wire, always on headlight (headlamp on-off switch no longer there on 2016 variants), plastic flaps on front fork, revised NOK seal, improved seat cushion, improved alloy wheels, new ECU mounts, adjustable handle bar levers, improved radiator fans for better cooling, and much more.
2016 KTM RC 390 (Euro-spec) – Photos
spy images via motorbeam