Will KTM RC 250 Inspired By Duke 250 Launch In India?

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The KTM RC 250 could be positioned between the RC 200 and the RC 390 and offer more features at an affordable price point

KTM recently introduced the RC 125 in India. The entry-level supersport series motorcycle is positioned between the Duke 125 and the RC 200. KTM now has a total of 7 products in India that includes the entry-level Duke 125, RC 125, Duke 200, RC 200, Duke 250, Duke 390 and the RC 390.

The only missing motorcycle in this exciting lineup is the RC 250. The RC 250 could also become the last of the current generation of KTM bikes. Expect the Austrian two-wheeler manufacturer to showcase the next generation RC bikes at the upcoming EICMA motorcycle show.

There is no denying the fact that the RC 250 is still a dream bike for many young riders of India who always wanted a motorcycle that bridges the gap in between the RC 200 and the expensive RC 390. The RC 250 if given green light could be powered by the same 248.8 cc, single cylinder, the liquid cooled engine that also powers the Duke 250.

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The unit paired with a six-speed gearbox produces about 30 HP of peak power at 9,000 rpm and 24 Nm of peak torque at 7,500 rpm which could make it the most powerful quarter-litre sports bike of India. The other three fully faired quarter-litre sports bike in India are the recently introduced Suzuki Gixxer SF 250, Yamaha Fazer 250 and the popular Honda CBR 250R.

Unfortunately, all these three motorcycles are sports tourer, the RC 250, on the other hand, is a track-focused machine. For those of you who are not aware KTM manufacturers the RC 125, RC 200, RC 250 and the RC 390 in India already. The RC 250 shares most of its components with the Duke 250 and the Duke 200 which will also reduce the production cost for the two-wheeler manufacturer.

Although we are not exactly sure at this moment, expect KTM to price the RC 250 at around Rs 2.20 Lakh (ex-showroom). Expect the upcoming motorcycle to maintain a good pricing difference with the flagship RC 390. The RC 250 also offers plenty of premium components like a front upside down forks, a race-tuned chassis, etc.

The motorcycle also offers a track focused rider triangle, clip-on handlebars and a slightly rear set footpeg. If it is introduced in India, the RC 250 will also share most of its parts with the RC 200 but will get a dual channel ABS system for the safety of the rider instead of a single channel unit.