KTM RC8 front

Austrian bike maker, KTM, is all set to launch two new exciting bikes into India within a year. KTM has confirmed by April 2013 the much awaited Duke 390 will be launched and early next year a smaller version of the racing spec RC8 superbike will be launched. Though exact details of the motorcycle cannot be confirmed, it is expected that KTM will launch the RC25 sports bike. This bike should feature a 250cc engine and will come with a full aerodynamic fairing and colour scheme like its bigger brother. It could develop 30 BHP of power.

The KTM RC8 is proper racing spec superbike and is powered by a 1.3-litre twin-cylinder engine and is one of the most powerful bikes the Austrian bike manufacturer makes. KTM’s owner, Bajaj Auto, will import a few units of the RC8 1190cc superbike. But these bikes will not be on sale in India but just as display bikes for their Probiking showrooms from March 2013 onwards. This should gather quite a lot of interest in the Indian biking enthusiasts and will definitely fetch quite a few sales for the smaller RC25.

Another bike on the cards may be a smaller entrant into the Duke brand. The KTM Duke 200 is the smallest bike from the KTM stable and retails at Rs. 1.3 lakhs in India. A smaller Duke 125 or such may give a massive boost to the sales and fetch higher volumes for the premium bike manufacturer. These smaller, sub-400cc bikes, are being co-developed by KTM and Bajaj. Bajaj Auto are setting up many more KTM Probiking showrooms in India as well, which will reach a total of 75 in a few months. KTM completed an year since its entry into India last month and has sold 8500 units till date.



KTM RC8 side