KTM will assemble the 790 Duke at the Chakan plant and it is expected to be priced around Rs. 6-7 lakh
KTM officially revealed the 790 Duke at the 2017 EICMA and it is the production version of the concept showcased at the 2016 EICMA. The 790 Duke was the first parallel-twin cylinder engine from the company and according to a new report, KTM is planning to introduce the 790 Duke in early 2019 in India as the company officials have already confirmed that 790 Duke is under evaluation.
The high-performance motorcycle will be assembled in India to keep cost down as aggressive pricing is always the USP of the brand. We are not expecting the 790 Duke to be priced anywhere closer to RE 650 Twins as the Duke comes with lots of technologies and advanced features, which will definitely increase the price.
The design of 790 Duke is sporty and aggressive like other models in the portfolio as the company has given full LED headlamps along with new single piece handlebar and a fully digital instrument cluster with lots of features. The fuel tank gives a muscular look for the 790 Duke and the company has given split seats along with LED tail lamps.
KTM 790 Duke is powered by 799 cc LC8c parallel-twin cylinder engine producing 105 hp of max power at 9,000 rpm and 86 Nm of torque at 8,000 rpm. This engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox and the company also offer R-spec model in which the power is increased to 120 hp but we are not expecting this model to be launched in India.
The engine is mounted on a steel-frame chassis while the sub-frame is made from aluminium. The braking power comes from dual 300 mm front discs with radial callipers and a single 240 mm disc at the rear. The suspension duties are handled by upside down forks at front and mono shocks at the rear, which is tuned for sporty handling.
The 790 Duke is loaded with lots of features to keep the rider safe like cornering ABS, lean-sensitive traction control, slipper clutch, quick shifter, launch control and Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). The performance bike also comes with three different riding modes-Sport, Street and Rain along with a customisable track mode.