Famous Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM has once again created a stir in the Indian biking world by introducing its latest offering. With a heritage deeply rooted in performance and innovation, KTM has unveiled the third generation 390 Duke and third generation 250 Duke for Indian enthusiasts. These street fighters epitomize KTM's engineering excellence, promising a thrilling ride and cutting-edge technology. Let's explore the exciting world of these two remarkable KTM motorcycles.
The latest version of KTM's powerful 390 Duke has arrived in the Indian market, and it is making headlines with a competitive price of Rs 3,10,520 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
This third generation 390 Duke brings a number of updates, starting from the core of the machine. It has an all-new 399cc single-cylinder engine, lovingly named LC4c. This powerplant includes a refreshed head and gearbox, ensuring an exciting riding experience.
The new 399cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine delivers an impressive 45.37 BHP. It is mated to a 6-speed gearbox, complete with a slipper clutch and quick-shifter for lightning-fast gear changes. KTM has strategically reduced weight in key areas including the frame, wheels and brakes, resulting in an exceptional power-to-weight ratio of 270 bhp per tonne. This ensures that the 390 Duke offers an exciting and agile ride.
The structure of the motorcycle relies on a strong steel trellis frame, and its suspension is handled by an adjustable 43 mm upside-down front fork and a mono-shock at the rear. The braking system is equally impressive, featuring a 320mm front disc and 240mm rear disc, enhanced by dual-channel ABS, Cornering ABS and Supermoto ABS for added safety.
The 390 Duke also gets aesthetic upgrades, including a redesigned fuel tank with aggressive shrouds, attractive boomerang-shaped LED daytime running lights and an LED headlamp with split seat. On the tech front, it features a 5-inch digital instrument console with smartphone connectivity, turn-by-turn navigation, launch control and three different riding modes: Street, Rain and Track.
For riders looking to make their mark, the 2023 KTM 390 Duke offers two attractive color options: Atlantic Blue and Electronic Orange Metallic.
Along with this, KTM has also introduced the third generation KTM 250 Duke in India, which is priced at Rs 2,39,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi). Similar to its bigger brother, the 250 Duke receives various updates. Ride-by-wire and quick-shifter are now standard features, enhancing the overall riding experience. Powering this machine is the same LC4c single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine, although specific technical details have not been disclosed. However, KTM has introduced a redesigned cylinder head and a larger airbox.
The 250 Duke gets a new 2-piece frame, new wheels and better brakes, aimed at reducing weight and increasing the power-to-weight ratio.
In terms of design, the 250 Duke retains its sporty appeal with bold tank extensions and an LED headlamp. It features a 5-inch digital instrument console with smartphone connectivity, turn-by-turn navigation and a convenient USB Type-C charging port.
This sporty offering from KTM is available in two exciting color options: Electronic Orange and Ceramic White. With these launches, KTM reaffirms its commitment to provide enthusiasts with thrilling, feature-rich and competitively priced motorcycles that perform exceptionally well on Indian roads.