Earlier this week, we brought you an exclusive report about the Indian launch of the KTM 790 Duke. Now, a new report claims that this model will be replaced by the KTM 890 Duke (TBA) in the country next year.
KTM may give its middleweight naked roadster a slight displacement bump while upgrading it to the Euro-V emission norms. It's not the only company to adopt the displacement increase strategy. Triumph Motorcycles will increase the engine size of the Tiger range (expected to be called the Tiger 900) for the same reason. The Street Triple 1060 will also switch to a bigger power mill. Its name will be changed to Street Triple 1160 with the Euro-V upgrade.
The source report adds that the 790 Duke will be available in limited numbers in our market, and the 890 will replace it in 2020. Buyers can either buy the 790 Duke at relatively lower prices or wait for the 890 that will carry marginally higher performance numbers and a higher price tag. The added hardware to comply with the more stringent emission norms will also result in an increase in the weight.
To give a quick recap, the 790 Duke uses a 799 cc parallel-twin, liquid-cooled LC8c engine that delivers 105 PS at 9,000 rpm and 86 Nm at 8,000 rpm. It is expected to cost INR 8.50 lakh*.
We will get a clear picture of KTM’s strategy at this year’s EICMA motorcycle show. The company will most likely unveil its Euro-V compliant range at the 2019 iteration of the motoring event in Milan. The 2020 line-up will include the company’s much-awaited entry-level, India-bound adventure tourer, the 390 Adventure.
KTM will upgrade its dealerships in India to accommodate new models. The upcoming range will comprise the 790 Duke, the 390 Adventure and the Husqvarna 401 duo.