The 2017 KTM 200, the flagship motorcycle of the Austrian group KTM co-owned by Bajaj Auto, is reported to be discontinued and production has been stopped at Bajaj’s Chakan manufacturing unit. Instead, a new version of the KTM Duke 200 or the mightier KTM Duke 250 might soon be introduced next year. The 2017 KTM 250 might then be pitted against the likes of the BMW G 310R and the Mahindra Mojo.
However, potential customers of the 2017 KTM Duke 200 will not face any trouble as dealerships are reported to have enough stock of the now-suspended model.
Discerning readers will recall that at the 2016 EICMA (the Milan Motorcycle Show, an annual trade show in Milan, Italy featuring motorcycles), there was no mention of the new generation Duke 250 or the Duke 200, even though the Duke 390 and Duke 125 were introduced. Now, we cannot rule out the possibility that an upgraded Duke 200 may be introduced, one which can meet the new BS-IV norms in India as well as the new EURO-IV norms in Europe. All these motorcycles are manufactured in India by Bajaj Auto and sold globally. The other possibility, of course, is that the newer and better Duke 250 may get introduced. Besides, the official website for KTM India does not feature the 2017 KTM 200. This might be a smart move for KTM, as the price difference between the two is hardly much.
The Duke 250 vs. 2016 KTM Duke 200 Specs
The Duke 200 was first introduced in 2012, flagging off KTM’s India journey, and has enjoyed considerable success. The motorcycle is powered by a 200 cc single-cylinder 4 stroke engine with a peak power output of 26 BHP at 10,000 RPM, with peak torque of 20 Nm at 8,000RPM. The Duke 250 is a meaner machine and is powered by a 250 cc single-cylinder 4 stroke engine, which delivers 31.3 PS and 24 Nm. The bigger cousin comes with a six-speed transmission.
The 2017 KTM Duke 250 engine is compliant with the strict Euro-4 emission norms with standard dual channel ABS. The bike comes equipped with a front 300 mm disc brake with 4-piston calliper with a 230 mm disc at the rear with 2-piston floating calliper.
2017 KTM Duke 250: Other Details
2017 KTM Duke 250 may include a new side-mounted exhaust replacing the existing one, with redesigned headlamp cluster, a redesigned 13.4-litre fuel tank, LED daytime lights, new rear sub-frame and new split seats among others. The bike rides on a Y-shaped 17-inch alloy wheels and sports Metzeler Sportec M5 tyres.
2017 KTM Duke 250 Expected Price
The new KTM Duke 250 is expected to be launched in India by March 2017 and will be priced in the range of Rs. 1.5 to 1.6 lakhs. This price range is further expected to rev up the avid bikers’ enthusiasm.