The KTM RC 390 makes its debut in India in 2022.

The KTM RC 390 makes its debut in India in 2022.

The KTM RC 390 makes its debut in India in 2022. KTM launched its new series of RC sportbikes in August 2021. The new RC series, which included the 125, 200, and 250 in select regions, as well as the 390, had fully revamped styling as well as performance and handling upgrades over its predecessors. While the appearance is divisive—I favour the look of the previous generation of bikes—no there's doubting that the modifications make for a more rideable sportbike overall.

In early 2022, KTM began releasing its lower displacement RC 200 across Asia. When KTM Philippines organised a track day at the bike's launch event in March, I was able to test it out on the track. The only thing on my mind at the time was how much better the larger RC 390 would be once it was out. Well, it appears that I'll soon find out, as KTM has officially released the RC 390 in India, where the bike is manufactured in large quantities.

The current iteration of the supersport model has been released, and it costs $4,050 US dollars. In India, reservations for the new motorcycle have already begun. As previously noted, the 2022 model features numerous design and functionality improvements over its predecessor. The all-new design includes a single-pod LED headlamp, revised bodywork, a 13.7-liter fuel tank, and a revamped seat configuration.

Among the features are full-LED lighting and a Bluetooth-enabled instrument cluster. Unlike the international-spec model, the India-bound KTM RC 390 lacks an adjustable suspension arrangement. As a result, the 2022 RC 390 features upside-down front forks and a preload-adjustable rear monoshock from WP. Both ends have single disc brakes with cornering ABS. Meanwhile, for improved city and track adaptation, a new traction control system has been installed. Customers can choose between two colours: KTM Factory Racing Blue and KTM Orange.

The 373cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine with dual overhead camshafts, four valves, and electronic fuel injection, now complying with BS6/Euro 5 emissions rules, retains its technical characteristics. The 2022 model also gets a 40 percent larger airbox and improved engine tune intended at enhancing torque and overall rideability—hopefully, this means a richer bottom end, since the previous generation of bikes had a tendency to cut out at low RPMs.

The KTM RC 390 makes its debut in India in 2022.

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