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KTM 790 Duke India launch confirmed by dealers – Arrives by March 2019

After launching the cheapest KTM (125 Duke) to pacify customers looking for affordable performance-oriented bikes, KTM is now planning to target speed fanatics and true-blue thrill seekers hungry for power and performance. It has now been confirmed through dealers that KTM will be launching 790 Duke in India in first quarter of 2019.

Also referred to as the Scalpel, KTM 790 Duke makes an aggressive, intimidating stance with its bare minimum bodywork and sinewy profile. It borrows much of its design and styling from KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R, which is evident in the compact proportions, sharp lines, signature KTM graphics and unique headlight ‘face-mask’.

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With its 799cc, LC8c parallel-twin powerplant, KTM 790 Duke can effortlessly race through the sharpest of inclines and achieve blazing fast speeds on even surfaces. It is rated to achieve a top speed of 220 kmph. The 8-valve, liquid cooled DOHC engine delivers 103 HP of max power and 87 Nm of max torque. Engine is mated to a 6-sped transmission that comes with a slipper clutch for seamless gearshifts. Elevated, swept-back stainless steel exhaust looks beautiful and delivers a dramatic soundtrack. The exhaust design is purposefully crafted to improve tractable torque curve and to achieve desired emission standards.

KTM 790 Duke is not just about power, but it also comes with advanced electronics, fly-by-wire systems and rider aids. These contribute significantly towards improving ride dynamics and fuel efficiency. KTM 790 Duke features multiple ride modes – Street mode, Track Mode, Rain mode and Sport mode. These allow the rider to adjust power, handling and performance based on riding and track conditions. Other key features include Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC) and Quickshifter+ system. Instrument console is fully digital and there’s LED DRLs as well.

KTM 790 Duke has 186 mm ground clearance, 825 mm seat height, and 169 kg dry weight. It utilizes lightweight alloy wheels that improve ride dynamics and handling by reducing unsprung masses and moment of inertia. Both front and rear wheels come with disc brakes. Suspension system comprises 43 mm open cartridge upside-down fork at the front and gas assisted WP monoshock at the rear. Rear suspension comes with progressive spring and preload adjustment.

KTM 790 Duke will be imported as CKDs and assembled at KTM’s Pune facility. It will compete with the likes of Suzuki GSX-S750, Kawasaki Z900, Ducati Monster 821 and Triumph Street Triple. Expect pricing to be in the Rs 8 lakh range.

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