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Duke 200 goes missing from KTM website in many countries, including India (Update)

Duke 200 goes missing

Does this imply launch of new Duke 250 is near?

UPDATE– It seems like the incident was nothing but a technical glitch. Duke 200 is back on the official KTM website.

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.

Duke 200 goes missing

KTM Duke 200

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.

KTM-Duke 250-2-side-black

KTM Duke 250

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.

KTM duke 200 website

In India, only the KTM Duke 200 has been removed, while the RC 200 is still visible on homepage banner.

KTM duke 200 website

In Austria, they have removed both Duke 200 and RC 200 from website. This could imply that both RC250 and Duke 250 are to be launched there.

KTM duke 200 website

In Philippines, both Duke 200 and RC200 are still seen on the website.

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A first drive in a manual rickety old van was enough to pave the road forward for Sagar Patel. When not driving or riding, his dexterity shifts gear to voice passion through words via reviews, and news, all the while, closely monitoring updates from the auto industry.

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