Report – KTM RC390 could be sold in India as the 390FF at INR 2.4 lakhs
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The KTM RC390 which is approaching its D-day could be called as the KTM 390FF in India, speculates the unofficial Facebook fan page “KTM RC390 – India”, a reliable source for KTM news.
The page has uploaded a pair of images showing the RC390 test mule. According to sources close to the bike’s development, the eagerly awaited fully faired compact motorcycle could be priced around INR 2.4 lakhs ex-showroom, which gives it a high value-for-money quotient.
The RC390, along with its sibling RC200, is expected to be previewed to Indian KTM dealers later this month and sales training of the showroom personnel would commence on August 29. If all goes as per plan, the duo should be on the market in September.
The RC390 is based on the Duke 390’s platform and is powered by the same 373.2 cc single cylinder, liquid-cooled fuel-injected engine which is capable of an impressive output of 42.9 bhp and 35 Nm of torque. The power is transferred onto the tarmac via a 6-speed transmission.
While the Duke 390 dons minimal body parts and offers an upright riding stance, the RC390 is adorned with body panels that derive inspiration from the Austrian brand’s Moto3 challenger and provides an aggressive track-focused riding posture.
With its outstanding power-to-weight ratio and an attractive price tag to go with it, the single-cylinder fully faired KTM RC390 would be the cat among the pigeons. The more expensive but less powerful Kawasaki Ninja 300 is its closest rival.
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[Source: Facebook page of KTM 390 – India]