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The KTM RC lineup includes the 125, 200 and 390 in India, and the full-fairing offerings are expected to be fully upgraded with the next-gen version.


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KTM RC lineup will get a complete upgrade with changes in design, functionality and ergonomics

KTM AG is gearing up for the next generation of the RC series and we’ve seen several spy photos over the past few months revealing details of all the changes to the full-fairing offerings. Now, a new series of spy shots have appeared online that provide a glimpse of the motorcycle in the camouflaged avatar. The KTM RC bike line-up is getting closer to production, however, and will sport a complete design update, improved ride ergonomics, as well as improved cushioning for the seat. The model should also offer more features with a substantial price increase.

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KTM RC lineup to switch to tablet-style instrument console with update

The 2021 KTM RC series will sport a new, flatter face. The headlamp configuration with two exposed projectors has given way to a larger LED headlight unit that now integrates the two projectors. The fairing has also been reworked and looks sharper than the current version. Another change is the inclusion of turn signals on the fairing. Expect to see new decals and color schemes when the model arrives in the production version.

Ergonomically, the all-new KTM RC range will get a revised clip-on handlebars positioned closer to the rider, while the saddle height will be reworked for more comfort. Expect a slightly straighter riding posture, albeit with the aggressive stance and rear footrests. The spy photos also give a glimpse of the new instrument panel which resembles the tablet-shaped TFT display seen on the new Duke range. Expect to see an LCD screen on the KTM RC 200, while the larger KTM RC 390 will get the TFT screen from the KTM 390 Duke.

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The 2021 KTM RC lineup will likely arrive in the second half of this year

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Power will continue to come from the 124.7cc mill of the RC 125 which is currently developing 14.2hp and 12Nm. There is also the 199cc single cylinder injection engine on the 2021 KTM RC 200 which could see improvements. on the power and delivery front. In its current form, the engine produces 25 hp and 19.2 Nm of peak torque. Meanwhile, the KTM RC 390 will continue to use the 373.2 cc single-cylinder injection engine with 44 hp and 36 Nm of peak torque on offer. All engines are associated with a 6-speed gearbox.

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Expect the KTM RC 2021 series to continue to maintain its excellent track capabilities as a motorcycle, but will be more user-friendly now. Expect to see a price increase for the new version of around ₹ 7,000-10,000 from the current asking price. KTM India has yet to announce a timeline for the launch of the new range, but we could see India-made models go on sale here in the coming months before heading to Europe and other parts of the world. .

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