Launched a little over a year ago in India, the KTM RC 390 will soon receive a massive upgrade in the form of 2016 model year facelift. Compared to the existing RC390, the 2016 KTM RC390 gets larger 320mm front disc brake, all new side mounted aluminum exhaust, slipper clutch, switchable ABS and ride by wire technology which replaces the existing cable mechanism.
Speaking about engine, there will be no changes in that department as engine specifications remain unchanged. The same 373 cc single cylinder liquid cooled one-cyl engine with DOHC and four valves continues to power the KTM RC390, capable of 43.5 PS peak power at 9,500 rpm and 35 Nm peak torque at 7,250 rpm mated to a 6 speed gearbox.
Spied in India for the first time, reportedly inside the Bajaj Auto’s plant in Chakan near Pune, where the 2016 KTM RC390 is currently being produced, the upgrades on offer with the new RC 390 will make the bike even more refined. At the same time, the new exhaust will reduce carbon emissions. This new exhaust has been specially developed to meet the stringent EURO 4 emission norms.
The new additions will increase the price of RC390 considerably, we expect a hike in the region of INR 15-20,000. The current RC390 is priced at INR 2.13 lakhs. It is possible that Bajaj sells the new RC 390 alongside the old one.