At the 2016 EICMA earlier this month, KTM introduced the new generation Duke 390 and Duke 125. Missing from the stands was the new Duke 250 and the Duke 200. All the above mentioned Duke’s are manufactured in India by Bajaj Auto and exported the world over.
Earlier this week, they unveiled the new Duke 250. Surprisingly, the new Duke 200 is nowhere to be seen. Now, as per sales figures revealed by SIAM, not a single unit of Duke 200 has been manufactured in the past two months! Could this mean that the Duke 200 has been discontinued, to make way for the more powerful Duke 250?
If we come to think of it, on paper this makes a solid point. Not only the Duke 250 is more powerful, the difference between price is hardly much. If KTM India can replace the Duke 200 with the Duke 250, it can also open the door for the launch of new generation Duke 125.
Looking at the specs of KTM Duke 200, it is powered by a 200 cc single cylinder 4 stroke engine which delivers peak power of 26 hp at 10,000 rpm and peak torque of 20 Nm at 8,000 rpm. In comparison, the Duke 250 is powered by a 250 cc single cylinder 4 stroke, which delivers 31.3 PS and 24 Nm mated to a six speed transmission.
And if you head to KTM India website, the KTM Duke 200 has also gone missing from there. Bajaj has not stated anything on the matter yet. It is possible that they are upgrading the Duke 200 to meet new BSIV norms in India and to meet the new EUROIV norms in Europe. Only time will tell why the Duke 200 is not being produced anymore.
KTM Duke 125
KTM Duke 390