2017 KTM RC and RC 390 have been launched in India for a price starting from Rs. 2.25 lakh and Rs. 1.71 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) respectively. Both the facelifts receive cosmetic changes but only the latter gets mechanical updates.
So what justifies the increase in price?
2017 KTM RC 200
As you can see, the new KTM RC 200 adopts a white-orange dual tone colour scheme. While this is a good change from the existing black colour, it cannot be seen as an improvement. Also the large KTM logo on the side fairing is replaced by the RC branding.
Powering the RC200 facelift is the same 199cc single cylinder liquid cooled engine that develops 25 PS at 10,000 rpm and 19.2 Nm of torque at 8,000 rpm. ABS is still not provided, which makes it lesser equipped than some of the new (and upcoming) competition in the segment.
2017 KTM RC 390
The EURO-IV compliant RC 390 made its debut at the 2015 EICMA show, Milan. It is available in Europe and other global markets for almost a year now and just recently got new livery at last year’s EICMA.
Apart from the new colour, the RC390 facelift also receives slipper clutch, ride-by-wire, switchable ABS, larger 320 mm front disc brake and a new side mounted aluminium exhaust can. Power comes from a EURO-IV/ BS-IV complaint 373cc single cylinder liquid cooled engine that produces 43.5 PS at 9,000 rpm while the peak torque of 36 Nm comes up at 7,000 rpm (no change).