KTM Duke 390 motorcycle

FIVE new 490cc powered bikes coming from KTM.


It’s been confirmed that KTM’s readying FIVE new A2 compliant models for 2020. And they’ll be powered by a 490cc motor.

Way back in December last year, KTM’s CEO Stefan Pierer confirmed that the Austrian factory was working closely with its Indian partner Bajaj Auto to create a new a 490 cc parallel-twin engine. And it looks like we’re going to see it in the flesh at EICMA in a few weeks’ time – with FIVE new models expected to be released.

From what we’ve managed to find out, the 490cc motor’s going to replace the existing 390cc unit across the below models;

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KTM 490 Duke

KTM RC 490

KTM 490 Adventure

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KTM 490 Supermoto

KTM 490 Enduro

According to the chaps over at Indian Autos Blog, KTM’s using the new motor to maintain power and performance despite imminent Euro 5 regulations. Rumoured to kick out between 55 and 60bhp – it’s fairly likely the new motor will be restricted for the European market to ensure the bikes are eligible for A2 licence holders.

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And rumours suggest that we’re not going to have to wait too much longer to see the new machines in the flesh. Everything’s pointing towards EICMA in a just under three weeks’ time for the big reveal – even though that seems like a remarkably quick turnaround for the new platform. Only time will tell.

HERE’S A REVIEW OF THE KTM RC390 FROM WAY BACK IN 2014. CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT.

For more information on KTM’s full range of bikes, click HERE.

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