The all-new KTM RC 250 caught testing
After progressing out new RC range in the country past this year, KTM India seems to be working on the RC 250 motorcycle which has been spied testing, courtesy Xbhp reader. The motorcycle was spied at Old Pune-Mumbai Highway while testing which is expected to launch in the market soon. As per the reader, the new KTM RC 250 will miss out on ABS, ride-by-wire and slipper clutch just like Duke 250. Going by the spy shots, the new RC 250 motorcycle is expected to share majority of the parts with its elder sibling. Dimensionally, the quarter liter fully faired bike is expected to get length of 1978 mm, width of 688mm, height of 1098mm along with wheelbase and ground clearance of 1340mm and 178mm. The fully faired motorbike is probable to feature dual projectors headlamp, liquid cooling, fuel injection system ABS, slipper clutch and more. Powering the all-new RC 250 motorcycle will be the same 248.8cc, single-cylinder, 4-stroke Liquid-Cooled 4-valve DOHC engine which is seen on the naked version – Duke 250. The engine is proficient of evolving 30.87 bhp of max power @ 9000 rpm against the highest torque of 24 Nm @ 7250 rpm.
The engine will be mated to a 6-speed gearbox that will transmit the power to the rear wheel. As far as the braking is concerned, the new RC 250 will sport 300mm Disc brake with four-pot brake caliper at the front and 230mm Disc brake with one-pot brake calliper at the rear. The motorcycle is speculated to get ABS system as an option, if not standard. The suspension responsibilities will be taken care by 43 mm upside down WP at the front and WP suspension at the back. In terms of pricing, the upcoming KTM RC 250 motorcycle is expected to be priced around INR 2.1 lakh (ex-showroom) and will compete against upcoming Hero HX250R, Honda CBR250R, Kawasaki Z250 and others.
So, for those who have been wishing for an RC 250, seems like your prayers will soon be answered as the said bike has recently been spotted testing in a production-ready state. This is affirmed by the fact that there is no camouflage hiding the bike’s identity. The motorcycle was spotted on the old Pune-Mumbai highway, which is Bajaj and KTM’s usual testing ground off the track. However, there is no official word concerning the launch of KTM RC 250 motorbike in India. At the launch of new RC range in India, Mr Amit Nandi, Senior Vice President and Head of KTM Motorcycles in India mentioned that RC is NOT an entry level product hinting slight probabilities of it launching in India.