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;
KTM 490 Duke
KTM RC 490
KTM 490 Adventure
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.
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.
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