Seeing the next-generation KTM 390 Duke receiving significant upgrades in India is exciting. It seems that Bajaj, the parent company of KTM, is conducting controlled testing even at night, which is a departure from their usual testing practices.
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Spied in night
This decision may be due to the high summer temperatures in India, as they aim to extract valuable testing data when the temperature is relatively lower.
Regarding the design updates, spy shots in Europe showcased some notable changes. The motorcycle sports an updated LED headlight unit with split DRLs in a boomerang-style configuration, giving it a distinctive appearance.
Additionally, the tank design has been revamped, featuring aerodynamically designed tank shrouds that extend beyond the forks. These design elements should contribute to the overall aesthetics and possibly improve the bike’s aerodynamics.
The 2023 KTM 390 Duke will feature a larger 399cc engine, focusing on improved tractability and refinement. The spy images indicate some changes in the design of the crankcase and head. With these upgrades, power figures should be increased compared to the current version, which produces 43bhp and 37Nm of torque.
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The expected timeline for the 2023 390 Duke’s unveiling is at the 2023 EICMA (Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori), a renowned motorcycle trade show. Following the global unveiling, the bike will likely be launched in India at the beginning of 2024.
While there might be a slight increase in pricing, the improved performance and styling are expected to attract many buyers for the 2023 KTM 390 Duke.
The bike’s performance and styling may still attract many buyers. It’s worth noting that the specifications and pricing details of the 2023 390 Duke have not been officially confirmed by KTM and may be subject to change.
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