A news of interest for all bike enthusiasts as Bajaj Auto declares the launch of the latest 2017 edition of the KTM RC range in the Indian market on 19 January’17. These brand new versions of the RC twin were first showcased by KTM at the 2015 EICMA motorcycle show organised in Milan. The two models, RC 200 and RC 390 are presently being sold by KTM under the super-sport category of bikes in India. The two, not just make way with advanced gear, the robust RC 390 has also been endowed with mechanical revamp.
You will soon see the RC 390 with a black and orange coloured body along with intriguing and attractive brand new white graphic design. Till now the orange that has primarily been used to highlight the wheels and the trellis frame, will now further enhance the flamboyance by using orange on the body panels as well. The 2017 updates also include a mechanical boost up, as the motorcycle receives a disc bigger than 320 mm as opposed to the current 300 mm. It also conforms to the latest emission norms and has a side mounted exhaust instead of the underbelly unit.There are also a few features that stay intact, like switchable ABS, slipper clutch and ride-by-wire.
As for the RC 200 2017 upgrade, the look of the bike accounts for a majority of the changes and updates. This one is planned to have a combination of white and black with a graphic design in orange. To provide more comfort to their riders, the pillion seat will have an extra 12 mm padding.
Now, on the power front, the RC 390 will have 373.3 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled mill, which has been upgraded for this latest version. The power output produced would remain the same and the engine will produce 43.5 PS at 9000 rpm. Max torque however, has been increased to 36 Nm at 7000rpm. Similarly, RC 200 upgrade will also feature the same 199 cc single cylinder to power it. The liquid-cooled mill now conforms to Euro-4. The power output produced is also the same at 25 PS and 19.2 Nm. However, unlike the RC 390, this bike will still run with the existing underbelly exhaust system. These 2017 upgrades are anticipated to have a slight rise in prices.