Good News! KTM have announced that they will be doing an R badged version of the RC390.The more track-tuned sibling for the already manic RC 390 Supersport. The uprated higher strung RC 390 R Supersport will get functions like fully adjustable race-spec WP Suspension, folding brake levers and clutch levers and race-spec yolk and more track tuned handlebar, all of which have been made to give better results around a track. What makes it even sweeter is the RC 390 R will also get an uprated engine with shorter intake stacks and a slightly wider powerband, making it more punchy. All of which really exciting, right ? Well, wrong ! Because for some strange reason KTM have decided to only build 500 versions of the hot RC390 R world-wide and there is no mention of the Indian market at this stage.
If even that’s not enough for you and just want a kit that will squeeze every last drop of your track time, KTM will also be selling a full race-kit with the 390 R as an optional extra. Code named the SSP300 Race Kit, it adds a another 230 unique parts to the RC 390 R that makes it a proper track-spec racing bike, including , a race-spec ECU (engine control unit), STM slipper clutch, quickshifter, better engine cooling, and wiring harness and so on. Also, KTM will be manufacturing only 50 racing kits a year, which could also be fitted on a regular RC 390.
As far as the price goes, the KTM RC 390 R has been priced at a 8500 Euros which translates to a rather steep Rs 7.65 lakh and the SSP300 spec bike will set you back an even steeper Rs 9.91 lakh or 11,000 Euros. Which makes us kind of understand why neither bike will make it to Indian markets!