KTM launches new 390 Duke, 250 Duke at Rs 3.11 lakh & Rs 2.39 lakh

Bookings for both new bikes are now open on the KTM India website for an amount of Rs 4,500.

By Zaran Mody, Autocar India calendar 11 Sep 2023 Views icon5416 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

KTM has launched the Gen 3 390 Duke in India, priced at Rs 3,10,520 (ex-showroom, Delhi). This makes it about Rs 13,000 more expensive than the bike it replaces, which is currently still listed at Rs 2,97,475 on the KTM India website.

KTM has taken a rather unorthodox approach with the marketing campaign for these next-gen Dukes. There have been no teasers or promo videos to build hype, the company has just been dryly putting information out there. It was the same when the global unveil happened on August 22, and it’s the same today with the price announcement.

Gen 3 KTM 390 Duke: engine and chassis
There is a great deal that’s new on this next-gen 390 Duke – it’s an all-new and now larger motor, displacing 399cc and pumping out 45hp and 39Nm (1.5hp and 2Nm more than before). This engine is housed in a completely new trellis frame that now features an aluminium sub-frame and all-new suspension – a revised upside-down fork and a new offset monoshock attaching to a redesigned swingarm.

Gen 3 KTM 390 Duke: design and features
Then there’s the updates to the styling and the features. These new tank extensions and the redone headlight region might not be to everyone’s tastes, but the additional features being offered here are sure to please the majority. You now get three riding modes: Rain, Street and Track, each one offering sharper power delivery than the last. The latter also throws in launch control, and traction control is now standard. As with the outgoing machine, this new 390 Duke also packs in cornering ABS and a bi-directional quickshifter.

Gen 3 KTM 390 Duke: pricing and rivals
With all this taken into account, the Rs 13,000 price hike for this updated Duke actually seems very reasonable, and Rs 3.11 lakh seems like a fair price to pay. That said, it is a good deal more expensive than the recently launched TVS Apache RTR 310 (Rs 2.43 to 2.64 lakh), which can’t quite match the performance levels of the KTM, but does bring in some unique features. You can read our comprehensive review of the new RTR here.

Gen 3 KTM 250 Duke launched at Rs 2.39 lakh
In addition to the new 390, KTM has also launched the updated 250 Duke. Like its larger sibling, it also gets a new trellis frame, aluminium sub-frame, suspension, wheels and brakes. It's also been treated to the updated styling, and looks very much like the 390. However, it continues with the same 249cc engine that has been serving it since its inception. Priced at Rs 2,39,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi), this updated bike is a mere Rs 779 more expensive than before.

Bookings for both new bikes are now open on the KTM India website for an amount of Rs 4,500, and the company says that the pair will reach showrooms by mid-September.

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