KTM Duke 390 Wins Bike of the Year Award at Bloomberg TV-Autocar Awards

In true motorcycling sense, the KTM 390 Duke has been awarded the “Bike of the Year” award on the occasion of the Bloomberg TV-Autocar awards 2014. The event comes in stark contrast to the IBOTY awards where the KTM 390 Duke was ignored and the Royal Enfield Continental GT walked away with the top honours.

KTM-390-DukeThe Bloomberg TV-Autocar awards are given to deserving entities and products in the automotive industry. The fruitition of these awards is a result of the efforts of Bloomberg TV and Autocar magazine. The awards are given away to winners decided on the basis of tough track tests and methodologies. The jury of the event consisted of some eminent personalities like Hormazd Sorabjee and Narain Karthikeyan.

At the award event, there was also another separate part dedicated to four-wheelers. Ford’s EcoSport turned out to be the celebrated winner in that category, walking away with as many as six awards.

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The KTM 390 Duke is undoubtedly the deserving machine for the award. Having turned the Indian motorcycling scene on its head with the 200 Duke, the KTM-Bajaj combo really went for a kill when they brought in the 390 Duke at an introductory price of 1.80 lakhs. Though visually similar to the KTM 200 Duke, the 390 Duke is more bruter and more sinister.

Duke 390 Official Specifications and Important Pointers:

  • 373.2cc Liquid Cooled, ( Bosch ) Fuel Injected engine
  • Comes with a Low Friction Nikasil Coated cylinder & Forged Piston
  • 43.5PS & 9000 rpm of power
  • 35Nm @ 7000 rpm of torque
  • Duke 390′s engine is completely different from Duke 200 and carries almost 95% of newer components
  • It has relatively taller gearing for higher speed rides
  • KTM claims a top whack of 160kmph
  • It gets a powder coated Steel Trellis Frame with a lightweight die-cast swingarm
  • Duke 390 weighs only 145kgs dry and 154kgs kerb
  • It comes with premium Metzeler tyres stock
  • ABS is standard and can be switched off via a switch
  • 300mm front and 230mm rear disc brakes, both Bybre
  • 17 inch cast aluminum wheels

Don’t you think this has been a righteous display of judgement, unlike the IBOTY 2014 awards where the Royal Enfield Continental GT walked away with the top slot?

And if you are considering buying this orange KTM, check out this detailed ownership review.

Also Check Out: KTM to Launch Duke 690 in India

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