Today is no less than a landmark day for motorcycle enthusiasts in the country, as Austrian motorcycle maker KTM is finally launching the 'Scalpel', its highly anticipated middleweight naked, the 790 Duke in India. The KTM 790 Duke is powered by a 799cc, liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine and boasts one of the best power to weight ratios in its class, thus boasting highly impressive performance levels.
KTM India has chosen to bring the motorcycle in via the more expensive CBU route though and it should be interesting to see how the motorcycle gets priced. Here's all you need to know about the motorcycle, even as the launch event unfolds in Mumbai.
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The 790Duke is being launched in 9 cities today, to be sold in 30+ cities by next year.
KTM 790 Duke launched in India for Rs 8,63,945 ex-showroom
The subframe on the KTM 790 Duke integrates dual air intakes too
The ideology behind the 790Duke’s design.
The so-called superbike space in India has a lot of potential today and is the space that’s growing rapidly, but is still just about 1 percent of the total volumes at about 7,500 units a year.
Customer engagement events like the Orange Cup, a one making racing series and the Orange Day are initiatives that have helped KTM reach out to owners better.
Some of the factors that have helped KTM succeed the way it has, in India. The brand also has presence in over 360 towns in India which include over 460 dealerships.
More importantly, India has become the largest market in the world for KTM, given the current volume base.
The KTM brand bas grown at 44 percent since its inception in India, says Narang. Also mentions the brand is the fastest growing two-wheeler brand in India this financial year.
The KTM journey began in 2012 with the launch of the 200Duke.
KTM’s phenomenal success in various formats of motorsport - motocross, rallying or road racing have all helped shape the brand’s immense legacy says Narang.
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The prices of its rivals are as follows :
Kawasaki Z900 - Rs 7.68 lakh ex-showroom
Suzuki GSX-S70 - Rs 7.52 lakh ex-showroom
Triumph Street Triple S - Rs 9.19 lakh ex-showroom
The expected price for the KTM 790 Duke is Rs 7.5-8 lakh ex-showroom which translates to shy above Rs 10 lakh on-road cost
The ABS (antilock braking system) also gets a supermoto mode that switches off sensors on the rear wheel.
Along with a two-way quick shifter, the 790 Duke gets four riding modes - Sport, street, rain and track.
To make it a worth rival for the above mentioned motorcycles, the KTM 790 Duke gets a host of electronic riding aids
Also, joining the rivalling list is the Suzuki GSX-S750
The KTM 790 will also be rivalling the Kawasaki Z900
The KTM 790 Duke directly rivals the Triumph Street Triple S
The power is rated at 106PS and 87Nm of torque.
The KTM 790 Duke gets a 799cc LC8 liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine.
What hinted that the spotted 790 Duke is an India spec model is that the motorcycle was equipped with a saree guard.
The KTM 790 Duke was also spotted at dealership's warehouse last month. Hinting at a soon launch.
A year ago Team OVERDRIVE reported that the KTM 790 Duke will be launched in India and finally the day has come.