790 Duke price drop because of local production in Philippines has made it an interesting motorcycle. Can KTM replicate it in India as well…?
We have already seen what miracles can local production do to motorcycle prices. The 2018 localized Ninja 300, at 2.98 Lakhs, made it a fantastic bargain. In fact, after the price cut it became the most affordable multi cylinder faired sports motorcycle in India. The other case is of the KTMs that are made in India. We enjoy fabulous prices simply because of local production (by Bajaj).
We are taking another example of a very popular KTM motorcycle but from a different country. KTM has started producing the 790 Duke in Philippines. This is the first time the naked streetster will be made outside Austria. In fact, its siblings 790 Adventure as well as the off-road spec 790 Adventure R will also be produced in Philippines (also the first time out of Austria). Quite obviously, these motorcycles were imported to Philippines from Austria so far.
Now let us look at the other part of the story – the prices! The older 790 Duke was priced at PHP 8,20,000 (about 12.39 Lakh in INR) whereas the new locally made model has a tag of PHP 5,99,000 which translates to roughly 9.05 Lakh in INR. That corresponds to a massive price drop of PHP 2,21,000 (~ 3.34 Lakh INR) or about 27 percent! In fact, bikers can (almost) get a brand new 390 Duke with the amount saved (390 costs around PHP 2,50,000-2,80,000).
The 790 Adventure will now cost PHP 6,99,000 (~10.56 Lakh in INR) and the R version is priced at PHP 749000 (~11.31 Lakh in INR).
The 790 Duke was already on sale in India in the BS4 era and KTM has promised that its BS6 compliant version will be launched soon. Let us hope KTM moves closer to its full local production which can result in a significant price reduction here as well. The mid sizer was launched in India at 8.64 Lakh ex-showroom last year.
Source – Rideapart