It’s not new that Bajaj has been manufacturing the KTM RC 250 in its Pune facility and exporting it to the world. But what’s new is the fact that for the first time ever it has been caught getting tested on the Indian tarmac. And what does that mean? It clearly is a sign that the KTM India is in a mood to expand its Indian line up very soon.
KTM currently has 5 bikes on offer in India, the 200 Duke, 250 Duke, 390 Duke, RC 390 and RC 200. With the introduction of the RC 250, KTM will be in a position to directly and even closely compete with the upcoming new generation Honda CBR250R/CBR300R.
Talking about the bike, the RC 250 is basically the RC 200 with decals and downsized engine of the RC 390. Like RC 200 it doesn’t get ABS, Slipper Clutch or ride-by-wire throttle. Its 250cc single-cylinder, water-cooled engine delivers 30bhp of power and 24Nm of peak torque and the engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
When launched we hope it will be priced higher than the Duke 250 which means it will be near Rs 2 lakh territory and that won’t make it a cheap buy by any means. Stay tuned as we bring you more details on the same.