KTM, the Mattighofen-based Austrian automajor, held the surprise world premiere of two of its sports bikes - KTM RC250 and KTM 250 Duke - at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show in Japan. Bajaj-owned KTM would launch both the RC250 and 250 Duke in June in Japan with prices being ¥ 620,000 (Around Rs. 3.25 lakhs) & ¥ 550,000 (Around Rs. 2.88 lakhs), respectively - according to a report by Japanese website Response.jp.
It is believed that KTM would manufacture the 250 Duke and the RC250 exclusively in India, and both the bikes would be exported across the globe from here. However, the company has been quite tight-lipped regarding the developments, but it has revealed through KTM officials that both these bikes would have the downsized motor of 390. It is the lightest engine in its class as it weighs a mere 37.2 kgs. while churning out a maximum power of 31bhp at 9000rpm and peak torque of 24Nm at 7250rpm. KTM RC250 weighs just 147 kgs, and would compete against the Honda CBR 250R and the Kawasaki Ninja 250SL. On the other hand, the KTM 250 Duke has a kerb weight of 139 kgs.
Quite identical to its other siblings, the bike would be assembled by using the same steel trellis frame, which is being inspired from Moto3 Project concept. The low displacement RC and Duke bikes are manufactured at Bajaj’ Chakan plant, and the RC 250, being a derivative, is also likely to be rolled out of this facility. It is a possibility that - quite similar to the KTM 125 Duke - both the KTM RC250 and KTM 250 Duke might not be sold in India due to the extremely congested Indian quarter liter segment.