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KTM India today launched the 2017 updated RC390 which was earlier showcased at the EICMA 2016 in November last year. We were expecting RC200 to be showcased along side but it was missing for sure.

The price for RC390 starts from INR 2,25,300 (INR 11,000 more than the previous RC390), while that for RC200 starts from INR 1,71,740, ex-showroom, Pune. Deliveries forthe RC200 will commence in a week’s time from today, while that of the RC390 will take a couple of weeks more.Exact timeline for the RC390 was not conveyed by Bajaj at this moment.

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LOOKS

The new RC motorcycles are mostly the same as the previous one with each bearing twin projector headlamps, LED pilot lamp, Daytime Running Light (DRL), turn indicators integrated into side mirrors, transparent aerodynamic windshield, fully digital dashboard, clip on handlebars, matte finish tank cover (plastic) and side panels, integrated pillion seat, sleek turn blinkers and sporty LED tail lamp.

Instrument panel on the motorcycles is similar to current Duke’s fully digital unit. It offers a wide range of functions on LCD display like tachometer, gear position indicator, speed, odometer, trip meters (F1, F2, F3), digital watch, coolant temperature, fuel level, distance to next service, distance to empty, low oil pressure, high coolant temperature, low battery charge and mileage (liters/100 km).

Indicators include turn signal, MIL, shift rpm light, neutral light, high beam and alarm generic signal.

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PERFORMANCE

The new Rc390 is mostly the same as the previous one bearing the same 373.3 cc engine anddelivering 1 Nm more torque than before – Output now stands at 43.5 PS @ 9,000 rpm max power, and 36 Nm @ 7,000 rpm peak torque.

RC 200 owever makes the same numbers of 25 PS @ 10,000RPM of peak power and 19.2 Nm @ 8,000 rpm f peak torque.

Also, RC 390 gets a completely new exhaust system which adds 4 kgs to the bike’s kerb weight, making it stand at 163.5 kg.RC 200 continues with underbody exhaust like before andkerb weight stands at 147.5 kgs. Fuel tank capacity of both bikes remains same at 9.5 liters.

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BRAKES AND TIRES

Looking at the mechanical front, RC200 and RC390 both get 43mm inverted (USD) telescopic fork from WP suspension, and monoshock rear suspension.

Alloys are same as those seen in KTM Duke 200 and Duke 390. Tyres on RC 200 are from MRF while RC 390 gets Metzeler soft compound rubbers just like Duke 390, with front being 110 mm wide and rear is 150 mm on both RCs.

Front brake in RC 200 feature 300mm disc and rear 230 mm, both with Bybre callipers. RC 390 2017 model gets a larger 320 mm front disc brake, while rear is a 230 mm. ABS is standard on RC 390, while RC 200 does not get ABS, not even as option

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