KTM created a new section earlier this season with the launch of this 250 Duke, alongside the mildly updated 200 Duke along with the all-new 390 Duke. The 250 has since enjoyed some good achievement as it not only offers more power compared to the 200 Duke but it also comes with the more striking, angular style of this 390; all this to get a significantly lower price within the range-topping 390 Duke. Following their price arrangements, the most affordable 200 Duke continues to be the highest selling of this whole lot, while the 250 Duke manages to outsell the premium 390 Duke, which after GST is close to Rs 3 lakh (on-road) in many markets.
Even the RC family, meanwhile, received an update for 2017 too, with a new exhaust system, CAN bus wiring system and ride-by-wire throttle. But it retained the styling of this original with the only visual change coming in the form of new paint schemes and revised graphics.
When KTM launched the 2017 RC 390 family in India, the company continued to offer the RC 200 and RC 390 and quite categorically mentioned that the RC 250 would not be launching in India. But, recent spy images captured of the RC 250 testing in India might suggest otherwise. Would KTM be aiming to carry over the success of this Duke 250 to the RC family as well?
Two things are worth considering this. First, India is an export hub for KTM and the RC 250 photographed testing could simply have been undergoing routine testing to the international industry. Secondly, the 250 Duke has been shown to be so well known in India, not too much for its extra 5hp it offers within the Duke 200, but since it packs KTM’s new-age styling in a far more affordable package than the 390 Duke. Additional our sources inform us that the RC 250 is not currently under consideration for India.