KTM, the Austrian auto manufacturer, known for its formidably designed motorcycles, had previously held a press conference that showcased its newly designed 250cc engines. The quarter litre engines are made to be lighter and has a slightly higher power output. So where would these engines be used? It would naturally be the Duke and the RC motorcycles. Showcased first at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show, KTM is now all set to launch the 250cc based variants in Indonesia quite soon. Press invites have already been handed out.
The Duke and RC bikes have been a common sight, especially in India, favored largely by the younger generation in several parts of Asia, where KTM has been focusing recently. Indonesia is a country that is a haven for motorcycles in the 200-300cc range, Yamaha being one of the top leaders in the markets there, and also the country acts as the manufacturing base of the YZF-R25. The 250cc KTM's, however, would be made in India and then sent to Indonesia, its tax structure also being highly welcoming. The 248.8cc engines were developed from the already running 390cc engines made by KTM, the new engine weighing a mere 37 kg. Even then, the engine produces 31.3 PS of power and 24 Nm of Torque, all mated to a 6-speed transmission which also gets a slipper clutch. Talk about performance!
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Both the 250 variants would use a steel trellis frame, inverted telescopic forks, two-channel ABS, just like the Duke and RC 390. A few visual inputs distinguishes the variants from its older brothers. KTM had already given a statement regarding whether they would launch the 250 variants in India, with KTM saying that its almost impossible to introduce it in India, citing the reason that because the segment is already owned by the 200-300cc range, bringing the 250 would make it 'overcrowded' and would make it hard for the company to assign a price.
KTM will soon be launching the quarter-litre bikes in Indonesia. KTM not planning to introduce to India.
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