A test mule of the KTM RC 250 has been spotted on the old Pune-Mumbai highway.
In 2012, KTM motorcycles repeated what Yamaha did to the performance biking community years ago with their R15. After immense success with their Duke and RC range, the Austria based manufacturer launched the Duke 250 recently. Its faired sibling, the RC 250, has been captured on the old Pune-Mumbai highway by MotorBeam reader Shyam Prasad Reddy Mora.
However, the spotted test mule is of the first generation RC 250 which is sold in other markets. KTM is not planning to launch this version of the RC 250 in India. The second generation model which will be launched in India, is slated to be unveiled to the world at EICMA 2017 in November along with the updated versions of the RC 125, RC 200 and RC 390.
If the 2017 Duke series is anything to go by, the second generation RC 200 will continue without major changes while the maximum focus will be on the new RC 250 and RC 390. Over the years, the Duke series has improved upon the virtues of a street-fighter to such a great extent that the current Duke 390 fits the bill perfectly as a tourer also. On the same lines, the second generation RC series is expected to be even more track-focused than before.
The new generation RCs will borrow the full-colour TFT cluster, ride-by-wire technology, new Trellis frame, LED headlights and open-cartridge WP forks along with a more powerful braking setup from the 2017 Duke series. The 250cc BS4 compliant engine of the Duke 250 makes 31 HP of power and 24 Nm of torque and comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
2017 KTM RC 250
– RC 250 caught testing in Pune, India
– Test mule is not for India launch
– Global unveiling of new generation at EICMA 2017
– Likely to receive LED headlights, TFT cluster, new brakes and forks