2018 KTM RC 390 spied undisguised: Is KTM readying a TVS Apache RR 310 rival?

The new 2018 KTM RC 390 might be offered with more affordable MRF tyres and see some cost-cutting measures to challenge the TVS Apache RR 310 more confidently.

By: | Published: December 20, 2017 3:06 PM

The 2018 model of the popular KTM RC 390 has been recently spied completely undisguised. Looking at the spy images from Motoroids, one cannot tell the changes on the new model as the graphics and aesthetics look very much identical in comparison to the existing one. KTM is known for taking regular feedbacks time to time from its customers and implementing them on its motorcycles. Having said that, only time will tell as to what exact changes the latest update brings with it. However, the tyre brand on the spied 2018 KTM RC 390 is not clearly visible. Keeping in mind the recent launch of TVS Apache RR 310 and the hype surrounding it, there is a possibility that KTM is readying a more affordable version of the RC 390 to challenge the 312cc TVS flagship. Having said that, in case the new 2018 KTM RC 390 comes shod with MRF tyres instead of the Metzelers, the price of the bike will drop straight away by close to Rs 14,000. Also, in order to keep up with the pricing of the TVS Apache RR 310, KTM might cut a couple of more elements from the 2018 model like adjustable levers, for example, and offer it in the market as a more affordable variant.

The TVS Apache RR 310 is available at the dealerships at a price of Rs 2.28 lakh while the 2017 KTM RC 390 is currently retailing at Rs 2.60 lakh (both prices, on-road, Delhi). If KTM implements the aforementioned cost-cutting measures in the RC 390. its price will be very much in sync with that of the RR 310.

The 2018 KTM RC 390 will most likely come with no mechanical changes. The 373cc, liquid-cooled engine churns out a maximum power output of 43 hp along with 36 Nm of peak torque. The single-cylinder engine gets the ride-by-wire technology to offer crisp and seamless power delivery. Power is sent to the rear wheel with a six-speed gearbox that further comes assisted with a slipper clutch. The braking duties on the RC 390 are taken care of with the help of 320mm disc brake up front along with a 230mm disc brake at the rear. An ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) has been fitted as standard.

The 2018 KTM RC 390 will likely make its way to the dealerships in the coming weeks. Now what remains to be seen is if KTM chooses to play with the affordability card or it believes that its throne will stay intact and it needs no worrying from the competition.

Image Source: Motoroids

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