The 2020 KTM RC models did not get the upgrades that we were hoping to see. However, they have received visual upgrades for a refreshed look. The changes are limited to new graphics and a slight revision in the paint theme.
Visually, the KTM RC 390 uses fewer orange coloured panels for the fairing after the MY2020 update. In fact, the upper half of the fairing that connects to the fuel tank drops the orange colour for a shade of black. The motorcycle also trades orange wheels for black units. That said, the fairing and the alloy wheels get orange highlights. The chassis retains the orange paint. The RC 125, too, has received a similar graphic theme, although the lower displacement model carries a black frame and orange wheels.
The feature list continues to include twin-pod projector headlight, LCD instrument console and a step-up seat. The shock absorption department retains inverted front forks and a pre-load adjustable mono-shock at the back. The braking setup features disc brakes on both wheels, while the safety net comprises dual-channel ABS.
The 2020 KTM RC 390 is powered by a 373 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-valve, DOHC motor that pumps out 32 kW or 43 hp of peak power and a maximum torque of 35 Nm. The engine is linked to a 6-speed transmission that benefits from slipper clutch. A ride-by-wire throttle is also part of the package. The engine continues to push 82 g/km (RC 390) of Carbon Dioxide emissions that is identical to the Euro-IV/BS-IV model, thus hinting that the vehicle is yet to receive the Euro-V upgrade.
We could see a more comprehensive styling upgrade when the RC series adheres to the Euro-V standards. The new KTM 390 Adventure received several premium features such as adjustable front forks and a traction control system. It will be interesting to see if the Austrian brand brings those features to the 390 Duke and the RC 390 models as well.
While we await more details on that front, we are getting close to the 2019 India Bike Week in Goa that may witness the arrival of the 390 Adventure in our market. While KTM has not made any announcements about the Indian launch of the 390 Adventure, it has confirmed its first official participation at the India Bike Week. The company also stated in a press release that it will make key announcements at the event in Goa, India.