2018 KTM 790 Duke [Price, Release, Specs]
Remember that awesome KTM Duke 790 concept at the 2016 EICMA? Well, it isn’t as awesome now.
KTM has revealed a production-spec Duke 790 at the ongoing 2017 EICMA. The bike still looks great (in fact, better than most in the segment), and closely resembles the new Duke 390 and the Super Duke. However, its ‘stripped-down’ charm is lacking now (probably too much to ask for in the first place).
|Price in India||Rs. 5 lakh (If made in India)|
2018 KTM 790 Duke design and equipment
The new Duke 790 adopts KTM latest design language but is slightly different from bike’s in its series. For starters, most of its frame is covered and the exhaust is a chunky upswept/under-seat unit (to be in within emission regulations). Its slim fairing, split-type headlight and aggressive seating position reminds us of the concept. A large windscreen, digital instrument console and pillion grab rail can also be seen.
Suspension duties are carried out by inverted telescopic front fork and rear monoshock, while twin discs at front and single disc at rear takes car of braking. ABS is provided as standard. Fetures like cornering ABS, traction control, launch control and more are also provided.
2018 KTM 790 Duke Engine
The bike’s twin cylinder liquid cooled engine will be the most powerful 800cc when launched. It has power and torque figures 103hp and 86Nm respectively. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission
2018 KTM 790 Duke Price and Release date
The KTM Duke 790 will release in U.K and other European countries by mid-2018, with production concentrated at KTM’s HQ in Mattighofen, Austria. The motorcycle’s debut in USA is expected to happen the same year itself.
|2018 KTM 790 Duke price in UK||£10,000|
|2018 KTM 790 Duke price in USA||$12,500|
Duke 790 in India- CKD first, local production by 2019
KTM has confirmed that their Duke 790 will come to India and we could get a first-hand look at the 2018 Auto Expo. The model will initially come via the CKD route but local production is expected to commence by 2019, at Bajaj’s Chakan plant. This will drastically reduce prices to Rs. 4.5-5 lakhs. Even with local assembly, prices will be highly competitive.