Austrian Sports bike manufacturer KTM has started the sales of KTM Duke 390 into the UK market, which was earlier showcased at the 2012 EICMA earlier this year. The UK market is the second market after Italy where the Duke 390 is being sold. The Duke 390 is currently costing about 4495 pounds, just about 300 pounds more than the 2013 Duke 200 that costs about 4195 pounds and Duke 125 costs just around 3995 pounds. ABS has become mandatory in Europe, thus each of these bikes are equipped with ABS. KTM is all set to launch this bike in India and it will be manufactured and marketed by Bajaj Auto in India along with Duke 125 and Duke 200. Right now, only KTM Duke 200 is available in the Indian market and Duke 390 is all set to hit the Market by March 2013 and will be the KTM’s flagship version in the country.
It is expected that the bike will be launched with a price tag of Rs. 2 lakh but the price revealed in the UK suggests that the price may be less than this. The price is expected to be more affordable due to the use of same parts across the three bike platforms. The Duke 390 will be sharing most of its parts with the Duke 200 and Duke 125, except for the engine and as the bike is scheduled to be produced locally a more competitive price is expected. All the three bikes available in the United Kingdom features ABS and in India ABS will be available as option. Currently the KTM Duke 200 is priced at Rs. 1.29 lakh, so it is expected that the KTM Duke 390 Non-ABS version will be priced around Rs. 1.50 lakh. While it may be possible that Duke 390 ABS may be priced at Rs. 1.75. If KTM reveals this bike in this expected price range then it will surely create a magic for KTM Brand in India.
The Duke 390 features single cylinder 373cc engine with four valve architecture complete with DOHC design. The engine is couple with a 6 speed manual transmission which delivers a maximum power of about 44 bhp with the high torque of 35 Nm. The Duke 390 weighs just about 150 kgs, the low weight helps in delivering high power to weight ratio. This increased power allows Duke 390 to reach a top speed of about 160 kmph. KTM is also planning to reveal another version of Duke 390 in form of touring and fully faired versions.
At this competitive pricing, KTM Duke 390 is sure to make wonders for KTM in Indian market.