KTM, the Austrian sports car and motorcycle manufacturer, seems to be adhering to a four-year interval in upgrading its bikes. The KTM 390 Duke was introduced in 2012 and the motorcycle’s second generation model hit the streets in 2016. And now, a test model of the venerable street bike has been spotted by some eagle-eyed enthusiasts, albeit a bit early. The bike, interestingly, wasn’t camouflaged and revealed several bits of information.
The swingarm, frame, and subframe of the 2020 KTM 390 Duke seems to be fully new. The Mattighofen headquartered company seems to have worked on the suspension system as well. The test model appears to be longer than the existing version and also has a bigger petrol tank. Reports suggest that the new bike has upgraded suspension hardware and braking. Pictures of the test mule reveal adjustable upside-down (USD) forks similar to the KTM 390 Adventure bike spotted in India. The 390 Duke, with cornering antilock braking system (ABS), could emerge as the most affordable vehicle of its kind in the KTM portfolio.
The spy images reveal a liquid-cooled 373cc motor fitted with a new exhaust apparatus. The powertrain upgrade seems to have been carried out keeping in mind the upcoming BS-VI/Euro V emission norms and to extract more performance. The current version of the KTM 390 Duke produces 43.5PS maximum power and 37Nm peak torque.
The bike spotted testing, in all likelihood, is an early prototype. Parts like the mirrors and headlamp are expected to be fitted at a later stage. The test module also doesn’t have the tail section bodywork and the petrol tank cover. The factory version of the 2020 KTM 390 Duke is likely to be introduced at the 2020 Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori (EICMA) in Milan. The bike, however, may not hit the Indian streets before the first half of 2021.
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