The new avatar of the hard core mud racing spirit of KTM
The Austrian racing bike manufacturer KTM has launched two bikes from the super-sport category in the Indian market named RC 200 & RC 390 on 9th September 2014. Both these bikes are based on the successful platform of KTM i.e. Duke 200 and Duke 390. The majority of the changes observed compared to Duke 200 and Duke 390, are cosmetic. RC 200 & RC 390 have a distinguished styling and the look matches the ‘super-sport’ category.
Dual projector headlamps, rear view mirror integrated turn indicators, full fairing, new stylish fuel tank are a few of the many exciting new features available on RC series. RC 200 relies on the 199.5 cc single cylinder liquid cooled engine from Duke 200 having a power output of 25Hp while RC 390 employs 373.2 cc single cylinder water cooled engine from Duke 390 producing 43Hp of power. Both these engines are mated to a six speed gearbox inherited from their predecessors. Detailed technical specification of RC 200 can be obtained at http://www.ktm.com/in/supersport/rc-200/highlights.html while that of RC 390 are available at http://www.ktm.com/in/supersport/rc-390/highlights.html .
The ex-showroom Delhi prices of RC 200 and RC 390 are Rs. 1.60 lakh and Rs. 2.05 lakh respectively. KTM has started accepting the bookings for both RC 200 and RC 390 from 10th September 2014 at a token amount of Rs.30, 000.
Considering the present scenario of Indian two wheeler market, the major competitors for RC 200 are Hero Karizma ZMR and Honda CBR 250R whereas RC 390 will have to play tug of war with Honda CBR 300R, Kawasaki Ninja.