14 February 2013 - 04:30
Straight talking, KTM-style
KTM has to be the most bold manufacturer when it comes to letting people know what they are up to. So here are all the things that the Bajaj-owned Austrian sportsbike maker will be putting up on sale in the country over the coming months.
Starting midway this year, KTM will be bring the higher capacity 390 Duke to our shores. The 390 Duke, shown at the EICMA show last year, sports a 373cc, single-cylinder engine that develops 43bhp! Though prices are still under wraps, we are suspecting it to hover close to the Rs 2 lakh mark for the ABS version (on-road, Mumbai).
Next up will be the RC8 inspired small displacement bike, (baby RC8) that should go on sale early-2014. Though KTM has not given much info on this little cracker, we suspect it to be a fairing clad version of the 390 Duke. Expect the power rating and pricing to climb further north.
KTM has devised a strange strategy - luring innocent window shoppers into the booth and converting them into KTM customers. Come March this year, the RC8 1190cc superbike will be on display. Mind you, not for sale, just on display.
We are still wondering about what could be the motive behind putting the RC8 up for display purposes only. But we suspect this to be a brand building exercise for the baby RC8.
Now can we know more about Husqvarna and its India plans?