Race prepped KTM RC390 Cup previews fully faired compact sportsbike


Nithyanandh K, As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!

KTM has announced that a compact sportsbike adopting the styling of the bigger RC8 will be launched sometime next year.

KTM RC390 superbike

The baby RC8 is based on the KTM Duke 390. Now, the Austrian motorcycle maker has unveiled the race prepped version of the bike called the KTM RC390 Cup which will compete in the ADAC Junior Cup one make racing series in Germany.

Based on the 390’s hardware, the RC390 gets full fairing akin to the RC8. The tailpiece of the motorcycle has an exposed frame just like the KTM Super Duke 1290. The motorcycle features razor sharp edges and has trackbred ergonomics. Expect the production version to offer a pillion seat.

Stefan Pierer, CEO, KTM, said –

We developed a pure GP racing machine for the Moto3 World Championship. In contrast, the RC 390 Cup is based on a series model project. Both of these two projects were given the highest priority because the development of lower displacement, high quality street bikes are among our core activities. The new KTM RC 390, which will be available for sale in 2014 will meet a big demand for affordable, quality sport bikes for the lower displacement class.

The purpose of the ADAC Junior cup is to harness the young racing talent. The engine is detuned to 38bhp but the motorcycle weighs only about 130kg. The production version should be unveiled soon.

The KTM RC390 will be positioned above the Duke 390 and will compete with the Kawasaki Ninja 300. Going by the killer price tag of the Duke 390, we can expect the RC390 to undercut the Ninja.

Head to Page 2 to view the press release.

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