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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!

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Technical Specifications

Design Single-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, liquid-cooled
Displacement 373.2 cm³
Bore 89 mm
Stroke 60 mm
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
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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?

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