KTM to add the Duke 490 series to its portfolio
KTM is likely to bring their new 490 series, and this comes from a KTM CEO, Stefan Pierer’s interview to the Motoringworld.
And if we a take a look at KTM’s portfolio which was published last year.
There was a mention of KTM 490 series which is again likely to be produced in India.
But then now there is a confirmation.
While talking to Stefan Pierer Motoringworld had asked him.
Until now, the largest capacity bike that Bajaj makes for KTM is the 390 single, but you shortly have the 490 twins coming. Which would be the first multi-cylinder motorcycle of any kind Bajaj has ever made. Is this still on schedule for launch as a 2022 model?
And Stefan replies
It is being 100% developed at the Bajaj R&D centre in Pune but supported by our R&D guys. It’s a parallel-twin similar to the format we have on the 790/890, only 500cc.
It is imperative for our 125/200 and 390 Duke customers to trade up to. Especially in developed markets as an A2 licence bike, it’ll be a premium product in the so-called emerging markets.
But it’s still under development, and so far we’ve not decided yet where we’re going to be producing that new range of 500cc twin-cylinder models.
It could also occur in China, because the transfer of our older 790 engine to CFMoto, our partners there, has worked quite well. Their new production facility which they began building 18 months ago is now ready to go, with production starting at the beginning of 2021″.
And no wonder Bajaj’s upcoming Chakan plant will have an opportunity to produce it.
The specifications of this new 490 range is still under the wraps. However, we may able to see it gets power in the capacity between 60 to 70 hp.
Further, Stephan said
We may still have to wait until 2022 to 2023. But we will see several different models, with Duke and Adventure versions in each of the KTM and Husqvarna lines.
So we may have to wait for a few more days until we get the clear picture of tech specs of the new 490 series.