The eagerly anticipated KTM RC390 and KTM RC200 are to launch in India tomorrow. Here is a list of five facts we already know about the fully faired twins. The countdown for the live streaming has been started.
1. Engines from respective Duke siblings
The RC390 will borrow its frame and engine from the Duke 390 while the RC200 would derive its hardware from the Duke 200. The RC390's 373.3 cc engine is capable of 42.9 bhp and 35 Nm of torque while the smaller sportsbike's 200 cc unit is good for 25.4 bhp and 19.2 Nm of torque. The duo come equipped with a six-speed gearbox.
2. WP suspension system
The track-inspired RC twins are equipped with a potent WP suspension system which includes sturdy inverted telescopic forks upfront and a monoshock at the rear. Further improving the dynamic capability of the RC390 are the Metzeler tyres which are known to offer impressive road holding capability. The RC200 makes do with MRF rubbers.
3. Dual headlamp elements with LED DRLs
The sharp-edged front fascia houses dual headlamp elements and LED daytime running light units. The designs of both bikes are pretty much similar which means the only noticeable differentiating factor is the color theme and badges.
4. Aggressive riding stance
While the Duke twins offer an upright riding stance typical of street fighters, the RC couple has a lean forward posture which makes for a sportier appeal.
5. Steeper steering angle and reduced wheelbase
In order to make the fully faired motorcycles switch direction more readily, KTM engineers have increased the steering angle from the Duke's 65º to 66.5º and reduced the wheelbase by 27 mm.