Recently, at the launch event of the 2017 KTM RC 200 and RC390, Bajaj officials has confirmed that the much-hyped next generation Duke and RC models of the 250’s are not going to join their Duke/RC Indian siblings.
However, an earlier report was suggesting that KTM will introduce the new gen KTM Duke 250, in place of current Duke, which was claimed to be discontinued from the Indian market. The report was widely spread owing to the pause in production of Duke 200 in the country. The SIAM sales report was also solidifying the fact that not a single unit of the motorcycle was being manufactured during September and October.
The reason behind not bringing the KTM Duke 250 and RC is the higher manufacturing expenses of the models as compared to the Duke 200 and RC 200. However, all the three (200,250,390) share the similar platform, though it will not be easy to position the 250 cc KTMs in the current lineup. So the automaker decided to continue with the Duke 200 and RC 200 models.
As per the Bajaj, the up gradation process of all their products to comply the upcoming BS-IV emission norms had made the auto major to halt the KTM Duke 200 production. Mechanically, if compare the KTM Duke 200 and the KTM Duke 250, the prior one is equipped with a 200cc single cylinder 4 stroke engine which is able of generating maximum power of 26 hp at 10,000 rpm and peak torque of 20 Nm at 8,000 rpm. Whereas, the later one, gets the propelling power from a 250cc single cylinder 4 stroke engine that churns out the maximum of 31.3PS and 24Nm through a mated six-speed gearbox transmission.
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