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Next gen KTM Duke spotted testing in Europe

Next gen KTM Duke 390 spy shot

The new chassis is expected to be versatile enough to spawn an adventure tourer derivative.

The next gen KTM Duke has been spotted testing in Europe ahead of its world premiere this year. The new platform is said to be more flexible than the existing one, so we can expect more exciting new derivatives (such as a 390 Adventure tourer) down the line.

The spyshots reveal that the improved trellis chassis benefits from new sub frames. Since the prototypes appear to be wearing decoy body parts, it’s difficult to predict the final design with absolute certainty but rest assured, the new Duke naked street fighter will wear sharper body work.

Next gen KTM Duke 390 spied

The bike gets new sub-frame and side canister exhaust.

The engine whereabouts are kept under wraps as of now but the current family of compact motors – 125, 200, 250, and 390 cc units – are expect to continue with more performance and less emissions (The underbelly exhaust system is expected be replaced by conventional side canister unit across the compact Duke range). The next gen KTM Duke 390 is reported to employ a second balancer shaft to improve refinement.


The standard features of the new Duke family would adopt ABS, ride-by-wire, always-on headlamps, and slipper clutch as standard features.

The update is aimed at making the highly soughtafter KTM Duke and RC ranges future-proof amidst regular inflow of new models by rivals.

The next gen KTM Duke family is expected to make its global premiere at the 2016 EICMA in Milan, Italy, in November but the Austrian automaker could surprise us by getting the new models ready much earlier. India would continue to be the sole manufacturing base.

2016 KTM RC 390 – Photos

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Winner of national level automotive quiz competitions, Nithyanandh aka Nithz jumped into the blogosphere right after gaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Love for automobiles and an even greater drive to share his knowledge with the automotive community, Nithz is Deputy Editor at RushLane.

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  • Kevin

    Looks more like a Husqvarna