- The test mule is equipped with a new swingarm
- The engine is sitting in an all-new trellis frame
- The front forks seem to have got some adjusters
- The next-gen KTM 390 Duke will be unveiled at EICMA 2020
KTM 390 Duke is a synonym of brute power, futuristic design and riding aides. The pocket rocket set an example by adding the 'performance' bit in a sub-500 cc motorcycle. First-gen KTM 390 Duke broke covers in 2012 and became an instant hit with the enthusiasts. It was followed by second-gen KTM 390 Duke that packed an ultra sharp look with the addition of Super-Duke inspired headlamp unit. Now, spy shots of the next-gen KTM 390 Duke have surfaced online that include major mechanical changes.
The test mule in the spy shot reveals that the motorcycle is using an all-new trellis frame with evenly spaced tubes. This might have been done to accommodate a new engine. The test mule is also using a new swingarm. The next-gen KTM 390 Duke is expected to be unveiled at the EICMA 2020. The test mule is still using the same LED headlamp unit and digital instrument screen as seen on the ongoing KTM 390 Duke.
But, the headlamp and instrument screen can be changed in the final version of the motorcycle as this is just a first-stage prototype. The switchgear and mirrors on the test mule also seem to be the same as the ongoing model of the motorcycle. The test mule is sporting a 'floating' tail lamp unit combined with number-plate holder. KTM might introduce the cornering ABS unit in the next-gen Duke 390 which will be an add-on to the riding aides equipped in the KTM Duke 390. This will be again a segment-first feature.
The ongoing model of KTM 390 Duke is powered by a single-cylinder, 373.2 cc engine that makes 42.9 bhp of peak power and 37 Nm of torque. The liquid-cooled engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. KTM is also working on the adventure-tourer version of the KTM 390 Duke and a second-generation KTM RC 390 is also expected to hit the Indian market. Key rivals of the KTM 390 Duke are Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 and the recently launched Honda CB300R.