The new generation of KTM Duke 390 made its global debut at the 2016 EICMA in Milan on 8th November 2016. It was launched in India on 23rd Feb 2017, at a starting price of INR 2.25 lakh.
The new Duke 390 street fighter adopts a super aggressive design which is highlighted by a futuristic bifurcated headlamp which appears to employ LEDs. New generation Duke 390 is sharper and more refined than the current Duke 390.
Design updates include – redesigned fuel tank and razor sharp extensions further accentuate the motorcycle’s character. There is also a new rear subframe and revised exhaust system. This has allowed KTM pass the stringent EURO 4 emission norms, allowing the bike to go on sale in Europe. But at the same time, added extra weight to the bike.
The motorcycle also receives a new instrument console. It is a full-colour TFT unit similar to the one seen on Duke’s flagship. It comes with bluetooth smartphone integration, which in KTM speak is called ‘KTM MYRIDE’. This will allow you to sync your bike’s data with your phone. Also, it will also use some phone apps, for example maps, and stream it on the bike’s console.
New Duke 390 also features new switch gears, riding modes and a new tail. On offer are two new colour themes – one is white and the other is orange. As far as equipment list is concerned, the Duke 390 will retain the dual-channel ABS, WP Suspension system. Tyres continue to be from Metzeler.
The 373.2 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine which is hailed for its best-in-class performance has undergone tweaks to enhance refinement. The power output remains same at 44 PS, while torque output has been increased by 2 Nm to 37 Nm. The powertrain also benefits from ride-by-wire tech and slipper clutch. Being 10 kgs heavier, when the new Duke 390 is put to a 0-100 kmph acceleration test by YouTuber Vikas Rachamalla, this is what he found.
KTM Duke 390 – Old vs New