KTM RC 390 ‘R’ Version announced

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Austrian bike manufacturer KTM retails its entry-level super sports bike, the RC 390 and RC 200 in the Indian market. Both the bikes offer best-in-class performance in its respective segment. Now, KTM is readying its new limited edition machine. KTM has announced that it will introduce the RC 390 ‘R’ edition, which is a more hard core variant of the RC 390SuperSport and will have upgrades making it a legit track worthy motorcycle. The sad part is that KTM will be creating only 500 units of the RC 390 R international. Some of the upgrades include a fully changeable WP suspension, folding brake and clutch levers and a new top yoke along with a handlebar kit, which makes the riding position even more committed, suited to racing. The engine also gets an update, with a shorter intake velocity stacks and a power band which is a touch wider, suited for racing, again.

In case you are rather serious about taking the RC 390 R to the track, KTM will also offer a correct race kit over and above the updates listed in the paragraph above. The SSP300 Race Kit has more than 230 individual parts that fit on to the RC 390 R and make it an even meaner racing machine. For example, the race kit includes a titanium Akrapovic exhaust, a race-spec ECU (engine control unit), STM slipper clutch, and quickshifter, better engine cooling, and wiring harness and so on. Also, KTM will be manufacturing only 50 racing kits a year, which could also be fitted on a regular RC 390. As far as pricing is concerned, the KTM RC 390 R is priced at € 8,500 or Rs.7.65 lakh while the SSP-300 Race Kit costs € 11,000 or Rs.9.91 lakh. In all possibility, KTM won’t be launching the RC 390 R in India.

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