KTM RC 390 R special edition launched
The full-faired scrambler packs some serious grunt that’s good enough to keep pro riders on their feet while also being capable of delivering newbies with a taste of what a proper track tool feels like to ride. Now, KTM has taken things up a notch by declaring the launch of an ‘R’ version of the RC 390 in the international market. The RC 390 R gets performance updates such as a fully-adjustable WP suspension, foldable brake and clutch levers and a new top yoke along with a handlebar kit that creates the riding position a lot more aggressive than earlier. The 373.2-cc engine has been updated for shorter intake velocity and a wider power band suited for racing.
These upgrades alter the RC 390 into a faithful track machine. The sad part, however, is that not many will get to capability the spine-tingling thrill that this motorbike promises to deliver in spades as KTM says it will only offer 500 units of the RC 390 R international. If the RC 390 R and its various upgrades do not float your boat, KTM will even offer a correct racing kit with it. The SSP300 Race Kit includes of over 230 separate parts that fit on to the RC 390 R to make this monster even more mental. To give an example, the race kit contains a titanium Akrapovic exhaust, a race-spec ECU (engine control unit), STM slipper clutch, quick shifter, better engine cooling, and new wiring harnesses and so on. KTM will only makes 50 units of this race kit each year, which can even be bolted on to a regular RC 390.
So, coming to the big question then. Price? Well, we hope you have a box of tissues in your hand before you read this. The KTM RC 390 R is valued at a whopping Rs.7.65 lakh while the SSP300 Race Kit costs Rs.9.91 lakh! Bearing in mind the crazy performance that this bike promises to offer along with the ‘Holy Moly!’ price tag it comes with, it is safe to assume that this baby won’t be coming to India.