The Austrian motorcycle manufacturer has unveiled two new bikes at 2015 Tokyo Motorcycle Show. They are KTM Duke 250 and KTM RC 250, looking just as exciting as the other two Dukes and RCs out there.
No, we are not sure yet, if these will launch in India.But the odds are not looking great. Bajaj-KTM already has a strong entry-level product portfolio in the sub-continent, slotting KTM Duke 250 and KTM RC 250 in between the 200s and 390s could be a bad business idea, due to highly likely cannibalisation. As the price differences between KTM 200s and 390s are reasonably narrow, piercing it with the 250s despite being beneficial to customers would bring very less new customers who weren’t going to buy any of the other existing models.
Back to the surprise entry, KTM RC 250 and KTM Duke 250 specs include what is believed to be a downsized version of the 373 cc engine doing duty in the 390 twins. This motor produces 31 PS max power @ 9,000 rpm and 24 Nm peak torque @ 7,250 rpm. Gearbox is a 6-speed transmission unit as usual.
As KTM Duke 250 weighs 139 kg and KTM RC 250 weighs 147 kg, both would receive best-in-class power-to-weight ratio status.This new 250 cc engine, just like the 373 cc mill, gets Nikasil coating, which is a trademarked, electro-deposited, lipophilic nickel matrix silicon carbide coating. Configuration is also similar, with 4 valves and Double Over Head Camshaft (DOHC). While KTM 390 engine weighs 36 kg, this one tips the scale at 37.2 kg and is reckoned class-lowest.
Other salient features shared among KTM 200s and 390s have made its way into the new 250s as well. The new models are likely to be manufactured at Bajaj Auto’s Chakan plant, though they may not be distributed locally.
Both these models are set for launch in Japan in June, 2015, at launch price of (JPY) 550,000 Yen (Rs. 2.88 lakhs) for KTM Duke 250 and (JPY) 620,000 Yen (Rs. 3.25 lakhs) for KTM RC 250.
Via – Response.jp