KTM has dropped the bomb, and how. The Austrian bike maker has brought in the much-awaited fully-faired mini-super sports, the KTM RC 200 and KTM RC 125. Both the motorcycles get completely new designs and a list of features compared to the versions they have replaced. While the KTM RC 125 has been launched at Rs 1.82 lakh, the more powerful KTM RC 200 will set you back by Rs 2.09 lakh (both prices ex-showroom, India). The KTM RC 390 will also join the lineup by early 2022.
KTM RC 125 – what’s new
The new KTM RC 125 looks drastically different from its predecessor, with a majorly redone bodywork which makes the motorcycle sharper and bigger than before. Every panel of the motorcycle, including fairing panels and front fascia with a new headlamp and integrated daytime running LEDs and turn indicators, are all new. Also new to the motorcycle are revised rearview mirrors, fully adjustable handlebar risers, bigger 13.7-litre fuel tank, LED tail lamp, alloy wheels, a pointier tail section with new split seats and a full LCD instrument console from the Duke 250.
What’s has remained unchanged is the four-stroke, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 124.7cc engine, which makes 14.5 PS @ 9,250 rpm of maximum power and 12 Nm @ 8,000 rpm of maximum torque. However, the airbox is larger this time, which enhances engine responsiveness and a better spread of torque. The engine also gets a new curved radiator design for more optimal engine cooling at higher rpms and low-speed urban riding. The motorcycle gets a new chassis with a split-type trellis frame with a bolt-on sub-frame. The suspension combination of the motorcycle is all-new, with WP APEX big piston 43mm upside-down telescopic forks at the front and WP APEX mono-shock at the rear.
KTM RC 200 – what’s new
The KTM RC 200 also gets the same set of changes to its bodywork, frame, suspension, engine and list of features as the RC 125. However, some additional changes set it apart from the RC 125. These changes include different paint schemes with decals, underbody exhaust pipe (compared to side-mounted exhaust on the RC 125), LED headlamp (compared to halogen one on the RC 125) and ABS with supermoto mode.
Also, the KTM RC 200 is powered by a bigger four-stroke, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 199.5cc engine from the Duke 200. This engine sees no change over that of the previously available RC 200 and continues to make 25 PS @ 10,000 rpm of maximum power output and 19.2 Nm @ 8,000 rpm of peak torque output. The KTM RC 200 shares its new split-trellis frame, new suspension unit, new alloy wheels, and other cycle parts with the RC 125.
Both the KTM RC 125 and KTM RC 200 are now open for bookings across all the authorized dealer outlets of KTM across India. The lineup will be added with the flagship KTM RC 390 by early 2022, which will receive a bigger and more powerful engine and more goodies, like the TFT instrument console from the Duke 390 and quick-shifter.