At an event in Pune today KTM has launched the 2017 RC390 in India at a minor price increment. The 2017 RC390 was first showcased at the 2016 EICMA in November and the motorcycle carries model year changes which are not as comprehensive as the 2017 Duke 390 which is a new-generation model.
2017 RC390 Changes & Engine
The 2017 RC390 continues with the 373.2 cc fuel injected liquid cooled engine and churns out the same 45.5 PS of peak power at 9000 RPM and 36 Nm of peak torque at 7000 RPM which is one Nm more than the outgoing version.
In terms of other changes and features, 2017 RC390 gets a proper exhaust canister (instead of the underbelly of the older model) which has a stainless steel underbelly pre-muffler and aluminium ‘absorption-type’ final exhaust. This is done to adhere to the stringent BS4 emission norms.
There is a bigger 320 mm (older RC390 gets 300 mm disc) along with slipper clutch and ride by wire. Surprisingly, the already terrible 10 liter tank has been reduced to accomodate 9.5 litres of fuel. All these changes have meant a major weight increment and the 2017 RC390 now tips the scale at 170 kg as compared to the 147 kg of the outgoing version.
KTM has also tried to offer a wee bit of comfort as the 2017 RC390 comes with 12 mm of extra cushion (most probably for both the rider and pillion seats). It continues with the fantastic Metzeler tyres (Read RC390 MRF C1 & FC1 Tyre Review) and ABS continues to be standard and can be switched off. Other changes include minor differences in fairing design (because of the exhaust canister), new colour theme and the RVMs (rear view mirrors) have been modified for a better view.
2017 RC390 Price
The 2017 RC390 has been priced at Rs 2,25,300 ex-showroom Delhi which is an increase of about Rs 11,000 as compared to the older RC!
Despite the price increment, RC390 continues to offer terrific bang for your buck and comes feature loaded. KTM has also launched the 2017 RC200 in India which we are discussing in another article…