Mumbai, Sep 23: KTM has launched its middleweight sport-naked, the 790 Duke in India at Rs 8.64 lakh (ex-showroom) in India.
The 790 Duke is now KTM’s flagship model in India, with a price point and power figures that are more than double that of the company’s other models in the country. For now, the bike is in BS-4 spec and only 100 units have been brought in via a CKD route.
KTM has an unparalleled legacy in motorsports with over 300 world championships spanning over 66 years. Since its entry into India in 2012, KTM has grown its presence across 365 cities & 460 stores. KTM has built a strong customer base of over 2 lac biking enthusiasts in this short period of time. The partnership of Bajaj Auto Limited & KTM is over 12 years old, with Bajaj Auto Limited owning 48 pc stake in KTM AG.
KTM 790 Duke is the sharpest and the most precise mid-weight superbike. Naked in the appearance but sporty in its delivery, the bike has a cutting edge design, incredibly nimble handling and leading levels of performance to put the rider fully in control in all situations.
It is the perfect testimony to KTM’s excellence in engineering and design leading to an agile and powerful riding experience with the highest degree of precision, whether on the street or on the track. It boasts of an all-new compact 799cc LC8c parallel twin engine, a first for KTM, nestled into one of the lightest frames around which makes it an exceptionally capable, lightweight and agile package. Built for torque, this liquid cooled 8 valve, DOHC unit delivers 87 Nm at 8000 rpm with a roaring 105 HP Power to match the sporty character of the bike.
The most differentiating aspect of the 790 Duke is that it guarantees the highest levels of riding precision, managed by an advanced ECU. This ECU controls a host of electronic aids like the Motorcycle Stability Control with Cornering ABS, Motorcycle Traction Control & Motorcycle Slip Regulation, all of which work in tandem to reinforce a sense of confidence & control in the rider.
Speaking on the occasion Sumeet Narang, President (Probiking) at Bajaj Auto Ltd. underlined, “The super-premium motorcycle segment in India has been picking the steam over the last few years, backed by a growing performance biking culture. KTM has nurtured a base of over 2 lac biking enthusiasts in the last 7 years through its Duke and RC range, with never seen before technology and performance.
'With 790 Duke, we present our best and most unique offering loaded with a host of first-in-class features like Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC) with Cornering ABS, Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC), Motor Slip regulation (MSR), 4 ride modes and Quickshifter+ that marks KTM’s emphatic entry into the rapidly growing superbike segment.”
The booking for the bike will commence today at selected dealerships across nine cities in India including, Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Surat, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Guwahati at an introductory price of Rs 8,63,945. (UNI)