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Next gen KTM Duke family to get new engine platform; to launch in early 2017

Next gen KTM Duke launch early 2017

The next gen RC range of motorcycles are expected to come a few months after the Duke family.

Speaking to CNBC TV18, Stefan Pierer, CEO of KTM, revealed that the next gen KTM Duke family of naked motorcycles with engine displacements ranging from 125 cc to 390 cc will replace the existing fleet in early 2017. He added that the new gen models will be based on a new engine platform.

All the new engines will be compliant with the Euro IV emission norms (KTM just unveiled Euro 4 RC390 at EICMA 2015). He also said, “Then design-wise and other components you will see a new generation naked bike”.

KTM Duke 390 - rushlane 02 cornering in rain

The next gen KTM Duke series will benefit from improved engine platforms.

More details regarding the next gen Dukes are currently under wraps but like the existing models, they would be manufactured at Bajaj’s Chakan plant. Both KTM and Bajaj (holds 48% stake in KTM) will invest in the new platform and in the extension of the production facility.

With the competition in the global small and medium displacement sportsbike segments heating up, KTM’s new gen models would be aiming to retain their position as market leaders in their respective segments. By the end of 2017, the next gen KTM Duke motorcycles would have replaced the existing ones in all the international markets.

Also read – 2016 KTM RC390 Euro IV unveiled at EICMA 2015

We expect the Duke’s salient features like trellis frame, aggressive engines and top-spec WP suspension system to be retained.

2016 KTM RC390 – Photos

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