KTM 390 Adventure might 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.
The next model to roll out from KTM India is the KTM 390 Adventure, announcement for which was made at the launch of 2017 KTM RC series lately. Still in development stage, the Adventure bike will be conceived on the new-generation KTM Duke platform that also underpins the Supersport RC series. Furthermore, the bike will be manufactured in India as confirmed by Amit Nandi, head of operations, Bajaj Pro-Biking at the RC launch event. In fact, India will be the manufacturing hub for the upcoming model.
KTM 390 Adventure will be the new entrant in the adventure bike segment that offers credible models like Royal Enfield Himalayan and will soon receive BMW G310 GS in the coming months. Much before its global unveiling planned at the 2017 EICMA Motorcycle Show slated in November, the bike has been snapped testing in Europe, giving inkling to the design cues. Inferring from the test mule spotted of late, the KTM Adventure 390 takes inspiration from KTM Enduro R, sporting the same fender as on the Enduro.
As for power, it is expected to come from the same unit that powers the regular RC390 model. It is to be noted that KTM could tune the 373.2cc engine for increased power and torque. In tandem with the adventure bikes, KTM 390 Adventure will get new livery including the lager multi-spoke wheels and several other features. With these additions, KTM RC 390 price in India will be tad more than the regular model that retails at Rs 2.25 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Taking into account that the Adventure model will receive additional equipment as opposed to the standard model along with a tuned engine and several other changes, 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 bike is still in development state and is lined-up for a global unveiling at the 2017 EICMA Motorcycle Show to be held in November 2017. The recent spotting in Europe indicates it to be undergoing comprehensive testing before it is put to display at the upcoming event. As for the India launch, it is expected that KTM could launch the bike early next year.
The Adventure model will borrow engine from the regular RC 390. Though, the 373.2cc, single cylinder, liquid-cooled engine could be tuned to produce more power and torque. The current unit on the standard model outputs a healthy 43bhp of power and 35Nm of torque, therefore, expect the Adventure model to offer slightly more than the above mentioned figures.
KTM 390 Adventure will sport new features for a sportier appearance in line with other contenders in the space. The front could equip 19-inch wheels, whereas rear could house 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.
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