KTM has launched its RC series motorcycles, the RC390 and RC200 in India at Rs 2.05 lakh and Rs 1.60 lakh, ex-Delhi respectively. The RC200 and RC390 are the faired versions of the Duke 200 and 390 respectively.
The RC200 comes with a water cooled, 4-stroke engine which makes 25PS of power. The RC390 in the meanwhile gets a 373cc motor which produces 43.5PS of power. Both the motorcycles are mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Common to both the motorcycles again are the 300mm and 230mm disc in the front and rear respectively. KTM has given the RC200 and RC390 twin projector headlamps and LED tail lamps. The instrument panel is borrowed from the Dukes and is quite comprehensive as far as information provided to the rider is concerned. ABS is standard on the KTM RC390 while it is not available with the RC200. KTM says that the RC twins have been inspired by its RC8 and Moto 3 machines. The daytime running lamps on the RC series can be used as per the owner’s will. The RC200 gets an all-black colour while the 390 is black and white. KTM has given the RC390 Metzeler tyres and the RC200, MRF.
At the price bracket in which they have been launched, the KTM RC twins compete with the Honda CBR150R, Yamaha R15, Honda CBR250R, Hyosung GT250R, Suzuki Inazuma as well as the Ninja 300. Bajaj had earlier at the Auto Expo showcased the Pulsar 400SS which is likely to enter production soon. The RC125 is though not coming to India. Bajaj says that the KTM bikes are around 98 per cent localised and while one third of them are sold in India, the rest are exported.
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KTM RC200 and RC390 launch press release
|Bajaj Auto Ltd. today announced the launch of the highly anticipated KTM RC series of supersport motorcycles, the RC 390 and the RC 200. With more than 240 World Championship titles, KTM - Europe’s No.1 Motorcycle Brand comes from a rich world of motorcycle racing and all KTM motorcycles are built with direct race experience fed into them.
Likewise the RC Supersport series comes with KTM’s vast experience and knowledge gained in the world of Moto3 which is the 250cc segment of MotoGP racing. KTM won the championship in 2012 with top 2 out of 3 positions and followed it up with a victory in the 2013 season by securing all the top 3 positions.
With such strong Racing Genes the KTM RC 390 is a superbike in its own right, with 43.5 Ps of serious power, 35 Nm of torque and a host of premium features like ABS by BOSCH, Metzeler tyres, Upside down forks by WP and an aluminum swingarm. Advanced aerodynamic design and a power to weight ratio of 262 Ps/tonne ensures that the RC 390 provides a ‘Pure Racing’ experience like no other motorcycle in the country.
The KTM RC 200 on the other hand would be the first motorcycle to bring full blooded Supersport design and looks in the 200cc motorcycle segment. The 200cc engine in the RC 200 produces 25 Ps of power and 19.2 Nm of torque. Twin projector headlamps at the front and a unique body integrated pillion seat give the RC 200 the superbike style while Moto3 inspired equipment like forged aluminum triple clamps, upside down forks and a steel trellis frame ensures that every ride on the bike is a race experience!
The KTM RC 390 and RC 200 will be backed by a rapidly expanding network of 140 exclusive KTM dealerships in India.
Speaking on the occasion of the launch Mr. Amit Nandi, Sr. Vice President Bajaj Probiking said “KTM has grown by 120% in the current financial year. With the RC’s we expect KTM to be by far the fastest growing motorcycle brand in India “
The RC 390 and RC 200 have been launched at a price of Rs. 205,000 and Rs.160,000 respectively (Ex-showroom Delhi). Bookings for both the bikes would commence from the 10th September, 2014 at all KTM showrooms.