The next generation KTM RC 390 will get a major makeover but the engine and other mechanical parts are expected to be carried over
KTM is working on the next generation RC 390 and the test mule has been spotted for the first time earlier this month in Europe. The prototype confirmed that the design will get a major update and IAB has released a new rendering of the next generation RC 390 as most of the changes are coming for the front and side.
The front design takes inspiration from the RC8 with vertically placed headlamps and projector setup from the current model will be replaced with advanced LED lights. The visor will be bigger than its predecessor. We can also expect the fenders to get a makeover and the indicators will be LEDs.
The fairing will be completely redesigned and we can expect it to be more aerodynamically efficient than the current one. The vertically placed instrument cluster will be replaced with a new one, which is similar to the current 390 Duke and the company will introduce Bluetooth connectivity on the new generation model.
The clip-on handlebars will be retained but the switchgear will get an update and the committed riding position is expected to be similar like current model with rear set foot pegs. The fuel tank might also get a bump in size from current 9.5 litres the RC 390 is not the most efficient bike in its class.
The split seat set up will be the same but the seat upholstery might be different. The rear will get new LED tail lamps. The RC 390 will retain the trellis frame and new model will get bolted sub-frame like the new 390 Duke. This will help engineers to improve handling and the performance bike comes with upside down forks at the front and mono shocks at the rear.
KTM RC 390 will be powered by same 373 cc single cylinder fuel injected engine from current model but it meets the new BSVI emission norms and it is expected to produce 43.5 PS and 36 Nm, mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The braking duties will be done by disc at both ends with dual channel ABS system as standard. KTM will reveal the new RC 390 at 2019 EICMA and launch will take place in 2020.