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KTM’s 790 Duke is back! Will it return to India?

Written by Nizam Shaikh

KTM has relaunched the Original Scalpel in the international market. Yes, the KTM 790 Duke is back in the international market with two new colours and the Euro5 compliant LC8c engine. Keeping up to its surgical epithet, the 790 Duke is ready to slice up the road with pinpoint accuracy and a hard-hitting twin-cylinder engine all nestled into one of the lightest frames in its class. However, KTM has not revealed if the 2022 KTM 790 Duke will be sold in the Indian market. Previously, KTM sold the 790 Duke in the Indian market at the price of around INR 8.65 lakh ex-showroom, selling just 100 units of the Scalpel.

2022 KTM 790 Duke – Design and Features

The KTM 790 Duke comes with a super sharp streetfighter design that remains unchanged. However, the brand is offering two new colour themes to choose from. Yes, one of them is Orange and another is a monochromatic Grey with Black motifs and Orange accents. The motorcycle comes with a chiselled fuel tank, sleek tail and high-mount exhaust.

The motorcycle also comes with a comprehensive electronics package this includes:-

  •  Three standard ride modes
  • Colour five-inch TFT display
  • Track mode
  • Cruise control
  • Motor slip regulation (Traction Control)
  • Cornering ABS with Supermoto mode
  • Up and down quickshifter
  • TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
  • Phone and music connectivity

2022 KTM 790 Duke – Technical Specifications

Powering the KTM 790 Duke is a 799cc LC8c (Liquid-Cooled 8-Valve compact) parallel-twin motor. The DOHC unit produces 105 Hp of power and 87 Nm of torque. The motor features an advanced ride-by-wire system that offers refinement as well as low fuel consumption. The engine consists of Nikasil coated aluminium cylinders, sleeveless engine casing design, open-deck cylinder construction, forged pistons with Diamond-Like Coating (DLC), semi-dry-sump oil circulation system and an oil cooler similar to the larger LC8 engines. The engine is paired to a 6-speed transmission with PASC (Power Assist Slipper Clutch) for featherlight clutch actuation.

The KTM 790 Duke will slot in between the 390 Duke and 890 Duke in the international market. Will KTM bring back the 790 Duke in the Indian market, or will the Austrian brand consider bringing the 890 Duke for sale in India? The question remains.

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