KTM, the Austrian motorcycle maker, has unveiled the 2016 RC390 at the ongoing EICMA motorcycle show in Milan. For people not in the know, the KTM RC390 is the fully-faired version of the Duke 390 and shares all of its components and features with the latter. The 2016 version of the bike has gone through some mechanical changes and is more feature-rich now, though there is no change in the design. One look at it and you would say it's not that different from the current model in India, but yes there are subtle changes made to the bike to make it better and fun to ride. The bike will make its way to India next year and will be produced at Bajaj's Pune plant.
The 2016 KTM RC390 now receives a slipper clutch that’s already available in the Duke 390. The bike’s front disc brake too has become larger with 320mm diameter. Other new features include Ride-by-wire technology, a new aluminium exhaust and switchable ABS, adjustable front brake and few others. The underbelly exhaust has been done away with to make way for an all-new side mounted aluminium exhaust to comply with Euro 4 emission norms.
Though there are significant mechanical changes made to the bike, the 2016 KTM RC390 continues to feature the same 375cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine that does duty on the current model. This engine continues to produce 44hp of maximum power and 35Nm of peak torque.
The bike will come to India next year, but we can expect it to be showcased at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo. When launched, KTM is likely to be priced higher than the current RC390. Beside the new RC 390, KTM also unveiled the updated RC 200, RC 250 and RC 125, but they do not feature as many changes as the RC 390.