KTM has finally launched the much awaited RC 390 in India. It gets Grand Prix inspired styling, with almost every panel redesigned. It now boasts race-inspired lines and two new colours, namely KTM Factory racing blue and KTM Orange.
The redesign optimises aerodynamics, and it now has higher top speeds, thanks in part to a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) design process. This new design also features wind and weather protection, with enhanced heat management. This is provided by a combination of inner and outer body panels to direct airflow away from the rider. Its overall ergonomics have been improved too.
The KTM RC 390 has been a popular Supersport model in the KTM range since 2014. The latest model now boasts true race-derived design, chassis and high-end electronics seen only in litre-class motorcycles. With notable Grand Prix inspired electronics like Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC), Quickshifter+, Lean-Angle Sensitive Cornering ABS, SUPERMOTO mode, and a TFT display, the 2022 RC 390 seems ready to charge out of the pitlane and take the podium.
An all-new bionic wheel design, hollow front axle and new ByBre braking system accounts to considerable unsprung weight saving. The frame has also undergone the knife for massive weight reduction. A larger 13.7-litre fuel tank has been incorporated for improved day-to-day riding comfort and fuel range.
The KTM RC 390 is powered by a 373 cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder DOHC engine with twin overhead camshafts, four valves and electronic fuel injection that meets BS6 requirements. The new 40 per cent larger airbox improves torque delivery over prior models. The new engine mapping contributes to the increased torque and overall rideability.
Riders can also add the KTM MY RIDE navigation app to the RC 390 through the new TFT colour display. It allows them to access important information at a glance with the ability to tailor the display. Moreover, the display automatically adapts its brightness to the ambient light.
The 2022 KTM RC 390 is priced at Rs 3.14 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). It will rival other sports bikes like the TVS Apache RR 310 and the Kawasaki Ninja 300.