KTM 390 Adventure is likely to have its world premiere at the 2017 EICMA Motorcycle Show in November.
In India, the KTM 390 Adventure will take on the likes of Royal Enfield Himalayan and BMW G 310 GS.
KTM, the Austrian bikemaker has recently introduced the 2017 KTM RC series in the Indian market. Along with new Duke 200 & 390, the company has also introduced the new Duke 250 in the country. At the launch, KTM confirmed that the next model to roll out from KTM India will be the new KTM 390 Adventure. This motorcycle is currently in development stage, and has been spotted several times around the world during its test rounds.
It will be built on the new generation KTM Duke platform that also underpins the Supersport RC series. At the RC launch event, Amit Nandi, head of operations, Bajaj Pro-biking confirmed that this Adventure motorcycle will be manufactured in India at Bajaj’s Chakan facility in Pune. In fact, India will be manufacturing hub for the upcoming model. This will be the new entrant in the growing adventure bike segment in India, and will take on the likes of Royal Enfield Himalayan and the upcoming BMW G310 GS. The bike is scheduled to make its global debut at the 2017 EICMA Motorcycle Show in November.
Going by the spyshots available on web, it is visible that the bike takes design inspiration from KTM Enduro R, sporting the same fender as on the Enduro. In tandem with the adventure bikes, the 390 Adventure will get new levery including the larger multi-spoke wheels and several other features. At the heart, the motorcycle will have the same unit that also powers the regular RC390 model. It is to be noted that KTM could tune the 373.22cc engine to accommodate the need of an adventure tourer.
|Minimum (Estimated)||Rs 2.4 lakh|
|Maximum (Estimated)||Rs 2.6 lakh|
The Adventure motorcycle will get additional equipment to meet the demand for Adventure tourers. These features will make it tad expensive over than the standard model. The bike will be positioned a notch above the KTM RC390 in terms of pricing. That said the KTM RC 390 price is expected to be around Rs 40,000 more than the standard RC 390.
The motorcycle is currently in testing phase, and will enter into production line in near future. It is lined-up for a global unveiling at the 2017 EICMA Motorcycle Show to be held in November 2017. As for the India launch, it is expected that KTM could launch the bike early next year.
|Engine||373.2cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled|
Not just platform, the Adventure 390 will also share its engine specs with the regular RC 390. This 373.2cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine is likely to be tuned for improved performance and higher torque. The current unit on the fully-faired bike churns out a healthy 43bhp of power and 35Nm of torque. We expect the Adventure model to offer slightly more torque and less power than the above mentioned figures.
The 390 Adventure will be equipped with new features for a sportier appearance in line with other contenders in the space. The front could feature 19-inch wheels, whereas rear could feature the 17-inch wheels. Besides, there will be a larger, all-new swingarm on the bike and it will additionally get disc brakes along with anti-lock braking system for providing stopping power. A longer ride-by-wire travel suspension measuring 180mm will be at aide for improved performance.
As mentioned in the beginning, the bike will go up against Royal Enfield Himalayan in its space and will take on the upcoming BMW G 310 GS upon its launch. Launched last year, Royal Enfield Himalayan is an extremely popular model with adventure enthusiasts and sports the typical RE styling. The vintage look and the high-capacity 411cc engine powering the bike, makes for a credible adventurer.
What works well for Himalayan is the pricing, the sticker price of Rs 1.65 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai) is largely due to its local manufacturing at RE’s production unit. On the other hand, the upcoming BMW G 310 GS from the two-wheeler arm of German giant will roll out around the same time as the KTM 390 Adventure. In mechanical terms, the BMW G 310 GS will house 313cc engine and is expected to be priced around Rs 2.5 lakh.
Spy Image Courtesy – CycleWorld