Compliance with Euro 5 emissions standards normally forces major motorcycle manufacturers to update their lineup to remain in the market and stay competitive against other brands. We’ve seen other brands offer a color option or livery after updating its engine internals to make it Euro 5 compliant. However, for KTM, it looks like the current generation RC 390 is getting more than just a new facelift. Photographs of the next generation RC 390 have leaked online showing the prototype going through its testing stages at its Mattighofen facility. It looks like KTM is switching things up for the next generation RC 390.
Aside from the engine being made to be Euro 5 compliant, no major changes from the engine or chassis are expected for the new RC 390. However, from its appearance, it seems that it smoothened out its pointed front end compared to its predecessor. It now has a more rounded shape with a headlight that seemed to have been lifted from the current 390 Duke and 390 Adventure.
It also now sports a wider windscreen and now seems to have a more aerodynamic structure compared to the older model. Its rear end now looks more bulked up with a new rear panel and upgraded tail lamp. Besides that, it appears that KTM is also prioritizing its safety by giving it a larger-diameter disc brake in the front.
The KTM RC 390 has been a popular choice for people who want an aggressive-looking sportbike that’s a lot of fun to ride without being overwhelmed by its power. With the changes made on smoothening out its sharp front-end, did they try to subdue its aggressive appearance for a more mature appeal? We’ll wait for KTM to officially release its next-generation version, whether they be in actual photos of design renderings. In any case, we’re still excited about it and are hoping that the wait wouldn’t be for too long.