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Next-Generation KTM RC 390 listed in future product portfolio, Launch in 2021

Written by Nizam Shaikh

PIERER Mobility Group (formerly KTM Industries Group) in the brand’s Half Yearly report of 2020 updated the Supersport section of the KTM product portfolio what appears to be the 2021 KTM RC 390. The next-generation KTM RC 390 was spied testing earlier, but the report suggests that the featherweight supersport motorcycle will feature a dual-tone Orange and Blue paint theme with an Orange finished chassis. The next generation RC 390 will also come with new bodywork that comes with a redesigned fairing, new headlamp design, new 5-spoke alloy wheels and a new sharper tail section. 

The test mule of the next-generation RC 390 that was spotted earlier revealed that the motorcycle is likely to get front fascia integrated LED daytime running lights sitting on the outer edge of the front fairing with the turn signal indicators that merge on the top of it, RC8 inspired styling, angular side fairings with aero design, angular tank design and clip-on style handlebar. 

In the engine department, the next-generation KTM RC 390 is likely to be powered by an improved version of the 373.2cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke motor that makes 44 Hp of power and 35 Nm of torque matched to a 6-speed transmission unit and an assist and slipper clutch. 

The 2021 KTM RC 390 is likely to come with improvements in the chassis department along with a new subframe that rides on adjustable WP upside-down fork suspension and monoshock suspension on the rear. The alloy wheels also appear to be of a different design along with the disc rotor which retains its radially mounted calliper on the front likely to be equipped disengageable Two-Channel ABS. 

The Race Competition model was slated to be unveiled by the end of 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation and the suspension of EICMA and INTERMOT. The 2021 KTM RC 390 is expected to be digitally unveiled by the end of 2020 in the international market with its launch expected to be scheduled for the first half of 2021.