KTM Considering the 890 Duke R for India [Rumor]

KTM 890 Duke India launch possible if the company gets positive evaluation results, according to a report. 890 Duke is the more powerful version of 790 Duke…

After a long wait, KTM finally went up the pedestal with the launch of the 790 Duke in India late last year. While there have been reports that the motorcycle has not been received as well as expected, KTM has already confirmed that it will update it with Bharat Stage 6 norms ‘after April‘ (more details).

In a new update, Autocar has revealed that KTM is evaluating its elder sibling the 890 Duke R for our market. Evaluation does not necessarily mean that the motorcycle will be launched in India but there are chances and Autocar says that there is a possibility of the motorcycle getting introduced here sometime in the second half of 2021.

The 890 Duke is built on 790 Duke’s platform but it has got many updates. The motor, for instance (which is derived from the 790 Duke’s engine) produces significantly higher 121 hp of power and 99 Nm of torque.

The 890 Duke has a surprising ground clearance of 206 mm which is even higher than the 390 Adventure which was introduced in India recently. However, the motorcycle offers a more aggressive, bent-down riding posture than the 790 Duke. It comes with Stylemas brake calipers which are the best on offer by Brembo.

890 Duke India launch

New 390 Duke Launched at 2.53 Lakh; Gets Quickshifter

The 890 Duke also comes with a 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit as compared to the 5-axis unit of the 790 Duke. Despite significant updates, and a bigger engine, the 890 Duke surprisingly weighs 3 kilos lesser than the 790 Duke.

Whopping Discounts of 2.65 Lakh on 790 Duke

The prime reason attributed to the lacklustre response of the 790 Duke in India is its price tag. The 890 Duke will also be a CKD and it will definitely cost even more. So, if it, indeed, comes to us, will India reward KTM for its efforts of offering thrilling mid-sizers with higher sales?

Source – Autocar