KTM launched its next 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, there's no doubting that the improvements make for a more rideable sportbike overall.
In early 2022, KTM began distributing the lower displacement RC 200 across Asia. When KTM Philippines organized a track day at the bike's launch event in March, we were able to test it out on the track. The only thing on our minds at the time was how much better the larger RC 390 would be once it was out. KTM has officially introduced the RC 390 in India, so we'll find out soon enough.
The current iteration of the supersport model has been unveiled, and bookings for the new motorcycle have already begun in India. It retails for roughly P202,000. However, if taxes and other costs are factored in, the new model is likely to cost more than P300,000, once it enters our market. As previously noted, the 2022 model features several design and functionality improvements over its predecessor. The all-new design includes a single-pod LED headlight, 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. Furthermore, the 2022 RC 390 has adjustable upside-down front forks from WP, as well as an adjustable rear monoshock, allowing you to really dial in its performance according to your preferences. Both ends have single disc brakes equipped with cornering ABS. Meanwhile, for improved city and track versatility, a cornering traction control system has been introduced. Customers can choose between two colors: KTM Factory Racing Blue and Orange.
The 373cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine equipped with dual overhead cams, four valves, and electronic fuel-injection, now complying with Euro 5 emissions rules, continues to power this featherweight sportbike. The 2022 model also gets a 40 percent bigger airbox and improved engine tuning intended to enhance torque and general rideability—hopefully, this implies a richer bottom end, since the previous generation model had a propensity to cut out at low RPMs.