It's like the last piece of the puzzle has been found. There has been the RC 200 and RC 390 as sports siblings of the 200 Duke and 390 Duke, but the 250 Duke didn't so far have an RC version. The 250 Duke is relatively new in the Indian market and now, it too will have a sports version - the RC 250 is soon coming. What confirms this news is that the RC 250 was recently spotted testing in the real world by XBHP. The test mule seen on the Pune-Mumbai highway is in its production-ready state and KTM is likely to launch it in the country in early 2018. It understandably looks very similar to the RC 390 and has the 'RC 250' decals on the fairing. It also shares the side-mounted exhaust that is seen on the RC 390 and the 250 Duke as well, however, the RC 250 may miss out on features like ride-by-wire and a slipper clutch.
The RC 250 will be powered by the same 248.8 cc single-cylinder, 4-stroke, DOHC, liquid-cooled engine found on the 250 Duke, producing 29.58 hp at 9000 rpm and a maximum torque of 24 Nm at 7500 rpm. The engine will be paired to a six-speed transmission.
Reportedly, the RC 250 will also not feature ABS but keeping the new safety norms from the government in mind (applicable starting next year), KTM may give it an anti-lock braking system. It will have a single 300 mm disc up front and a single 230 mm disc at the back. The fuel tank capacity is 13.5 litres.
Considering the 250 Duke is retailed at Rs 1.75 lakh, expect the RC 250 to be slightly more expensive and would likely be priced at Rs 1.85-2 lakh.