For many months now, we’ve been seeing disguised test mules of the next-gen KTM 390 Duke testing on public roads, both in India as well as overseas. More recently, we got a very first look at the bike in a production paint scheme, albeit a partial look. Now, for the very first time, the entire bike has been seen in production form, and there are some new details visible.
- Adjustable levers now sport a new design
- Very stylized body panels and mirrors
- The engine likely to grow to 399cc
New KTM 390 Duke: design
We are able to get a true sense of the design of this next-generation Duke now that all of the camouflage has been removed. It is immediately apparent that this is a very stylized motorcycle. The DRLs on either side of the LED headlight also look very smart, and the tank extensions have neat floating sections.
This is definitely a motorcycle that you can spend a lot of time observing and continue to find new elements to appreciate, even the way the mirror stalks flow into the mirrors themselves is quite unique.
New KTM 390 Duke: features
- The 390 Duke already has a lot of features, but you can be sure that the next-generation Duke will have the same level of equipment as the previous models.
- As a result, anticipate the addition of cornering ABS and traction control, as seen on the RC 390 and 390 Adventure.
- A Bluetooth-enabled TFT display and a bi-directional quick-shifter will remain on the Duke.
- The TFT screen’s new layout was recently shown to us for the first time, and the switchgear will also be redesigned.
Since its introduction in 2013, the 373cc mill has maintained its fundamentals, and rumors abound that the new bike will have a displacement of 399cc. This would have numerous advantages. KTM would be able to maintain or increase the output levels of the current bike in light of increasingly stringent emissions regulations if the displacement were increased, something that will be extremely challenging in the future with the engine that is currently in use.
KTM Duke India launch and expected price
The next-gen Dukes were earlier expected to make their debut at EICMA in November this year, but it now seems like we could see them hit the market sooner than that. Once launched, expect the updated machine to carry a price hike over the existing Rs 2.97 lakh (ex-showroom) 390 Duke, sitting around the Rs 3.2 lakh mark.