Bajaj launches KTM Duke 390 at Rs 1.8 lakh

Rajiv Bajaj Rajiv Bajaj Bajaj Auto, India’s second largest bike manufacturer, today launched the second offering from the KTM stable, the Duke 390 for Rs 1.8 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The Pune-based company, which makes Pulsar and the Discover range of motorcycles, had launched the Duke 200 last year for Rs 1.18 lakh. The Duke 390 combines 43.5 bhk (break horse power) of  peak power, 35 Nm (newton metre) of torque and a host of features like ABS, Metzeler tyres, aluminum swing arm, aluminum alloy wheels.

The six-speed transmission-enabled bike weighs 145 kg and has a fuel tank capacity of 10.2 litres.  At 373.2cc, the 390 Duke would be the first midsize sports bike in the country. It will be sold and serviced exclusively through 71 KTM showrooms and service centres, which are managed by Bajaj Auto.

Amit Nandi, vice-president, Bajaj Probiking said, “With its powerful engine, light weight and easy handling, the 390 Duke will be equally rewarding for both, the professional rider as well as the enthusiast. KTM is a sharply differentiated brand, which, in a short span of time, has become the largest selling premium motorcycle brand in India. This position would be further strengthened with the launch of the 390 Duke.”  

Bookings for the Duke 390 would commence from June 26. Bajaj Auto, however, clarified the price is an introductory price. Bajaj has promised to launch a Pulsar on the Duke 390 platform later in the year. It would be the most powerful Pulsar yet from the company.