KTM Duke 200 to launch on 24th January

KTM’s swashbuckling Duke 200 has to be one of the most awaited launches in the Indian motorcycle arena. The Duke was earlier scheduled for a 4th January launch, preferably at the Auto Expo in New Delhi but the Austrian brand pulled out and chose to postpone the launch to January-end.

Here in India, KTM will be backed by the sales and service might of the home-grown giant, Bajaj. To make way for the all-new Duke, a few Probiking outlets have already been converted to KTM showrooms. With an exposed trellis frame, meaty tyres, upside-down forks, an almost non-existent underslung exhaust and streetfighter bodywork - the Duke 200, unmistakably, is a KTM. This supermoto-like machine shouts aggression from every inch of its bodywork. The eyeball grabbing bit is the snazzy black and orange paint scheme – a KTM trademark. 

The Duke comes with a single-cylinder, 200cc engine. This 4-stroke unit is fairly modern; featuring fuel-injection and four valves per cylinder. It churns out 25bhp of power @10,000rpm and 1.99kgm of torque@ 8000rpm. But here’s the best bit – the featherlite Duke weighs just 137kgs (much less than its rivals) so we expect it go like stink. KTM claims a 0-60km/h time of 3.33 seconds which is quite impressive. No word on the prices yet though we expect a competitive price-tag of under Rs 1.5 Lakh for this orange monster. The launch date, 24th January i.e. is not too far off now and all we have to say is- we cannot wait for this one!  

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