At work here is again a compact, single cylinder lightweight engine. The 373.2 cc mill weighs just 36 kilograms. Double overhead camshafts, four valves, a forged piston and a Nikasil-coated cylinder work to deliver 44 hp/32kW. Force feed lubrication with crank case evacuation lowers the crank drive’s rolling resistance, contributing to the powerful torque says KTM. The KTM 390 Duke retains the ultra-light trellis frame and cast aluminium swingarm shared with the Duke 200. The trellis frame of course had to enhanced to handle the increased power from the 390’s engine. As with all other katooms, suspension components by WP Suspension are top notch. Disc brakes have been developed by Brembo and the disengageable 9MB ABS by Bosch are standard.
The new 390 Duke weighs in at less than 150 kilograms fully fuelled, leaving you straddling a very competent handling package which we estimate might be priced at around 2 Lakhs. As we’ve seen before expect the engine bottom to be shared with a new Pulsar, expected to be launched in both naked and fully faired versions.
Details are limited now, do check back when we have more information. Meanwhile, feast on these images!
|Design||Single-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, liquid-cooled|
|Performance||32 kW (44 hp)|
|Starting aid||Electric starter|
|Transmission||6-speed, claw shifted|
|Engine lubrication||Forced oil lubrication with 1 rotor pump|
|Primary gear ratio||30:80|
|Secondary gear ratio||14:45|
|Cooling system||Liquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump|
|Clutch||Clutch in oil bath / mechanically operated|
|Ignition system||Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment|
|Frame||Tubular space frame made from chrome molybdenum steel, powder-coated|
|Fork||WP Suspension Up Side Down|
|Shock absorber||WP Suspension Monoshock|
|Suspension travel Front||150 mm|
|Suspension travel Rear||150 mm|
|Brake system Front||Disc brake with four-pot brake caliper|
|Brake system Rear||Disc brake with one-pot brake caliper, floating brake discs|
|Brake discs – diameter front||300 mm|
|Brake discs – diameter rear||230 mm|
|Chain||5/8 x 1/4” (520) X-Ring|
|Steering head angle||65°|
|Wheel base||1,367±15 mm|
|Ground clearance (unloaded)||170 mm|
|Seat height (unloaded)||800 mm|
|Total fuel tank capacity approx.||11 l
Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)
|Weight without fuel approx.||139 kg|
When will this 293 hp per tonne lithe monster come to India? Expect sometime in the second half of 2013. We should have more information soon. When the CBR500R, the Ninja 300 and the 390 Duke hits the streets of India, expect nothing less than complete mayhem. Our advice to you, make sure you’re part of the mayhem!
Do you have your cheque books out yet?