Days after KTM officially unveiled the new Duke 250 at 2015 Tokyo Motorcycle Show, the smaller capacity Duke 200 has gone missing from their official website’s homepage in many countries. The good news (or bad news) is that, it has also gone missing from the Indian website.
Good news because, this clearly implies that the markets from where Duke 200 has gone missing, will soon get new and more powerful Duke 250. Bad news because, Duke 250 will be more expensive than Duke 200, and those who were planning to buy the latter, will have to shell more for the entry level Duke in India (Duke 125 is not on offer in India).
At the time when KTM showcased the 250 cc Duke and RC variants, we did contemplate as to how the manufacturer will manage to place them in the market, without cannibalizing their own products (read as Duke 200/390 or RC 200/390). But it seems like the solution is very simple. In the markets where KTM plans to launch new 250 variants, they could remove the respective Duke 200 and RC 200 variants.
Featuring the same design, Duke 250 is powered by a single cylinder liquid cooled 250 cc engine, which delivers 31 PS at 9000 rpm and 24 Nm peak torque at 7250 rpm. This when compared to specs of Duke 200’s engine, delivers 6 PS more power and 5 Nm more torque. Both Duke 250 and RC 250 will be manufactured in India.
There is no official word out yet. A mail to Bajaj Auto, KTM’s partner, who also produces 125, 200 and 390 cc Duke and RC models at their plant in Pune, is yet to be answered. We will update the story as soon as we have an official statement.