KTM created a new segment earlier this season with the launching of the 250 Duke, alongside the mildly updated 200 Duke and the all-new 390 Duke. The 250 has since enjoyed some decent achievement as it not only offers more power compared to the 200 Duke but it also comes with all the more striking, angular style of this 390; all this for a significantly lower price within the range-topping 390 Duke. Following their price structures, the most affordable 200 Duke continues to be the highest selling of this whole lot, while the 250 Duke manages to outsell the premium 390 Duke, which after GST is close to Rs 3 lakh (on-road) in many markets.
Even the RC family, meanwhile, received an update for 2017 too, with a brand new exhaust system, CAN bus wiring system and ride-by-wire throttle. However, it retained the styling of the original with the only visual shift coming in the form of fresh paint schemes and revised graphics.
When KTM launched the 2017 RC 390 family in India, the company continued to offer the RC 200 and RC 390 and quite categorically mentioned that the RC 250 wouldn’t be launching in India. But, recent spy images captured of this RC 250 testing in India might indicate otherwise. Would KTM be aiming to carry over the achievement of the Duke 250 to the RC family too?
Two things are worth considering this. First, India is a export hub for KTM and the RC 250 photographed testing could simply have been undergoing routine testing to the international market. Secondly, the 250 Duke has proved to be so well known in India, not too much for the extra 5hp it offers within the Duke 200, but because it packs KTM’s new-age styling in a far more affordable package than the 390 Duke. Additional our sources inform us that the RC 250 is not now under consideration for India.