KTM 200 Duke Caught Testing

02/09/2011 @ 11:48 am, by Jensen Beeler8 COMMENTS

Is this the KTM 200 Duke? The folks at OverDrive.in were fortunate enough to encounter in Pune what looks like a pre-production KTM Duke destined for the Indian market. Taking the photo above, OverDrive wasn’t certain if this was the KTM 125 Duke that the Austrian company launched at Intermot this year, or if it was a larger displacement version that’s been rumored to be coming from the minds of Bajaj & KTM.

Luckily the guys at IndianCarsBikes.in were able to get Rajiv Bajaj on the line and ask him about the photo, and the son of the Bajaj empire confirmed that what we see here is the 200cc KTM 200 Duke that will be an India-only model. Reportedly a deal hatched between KTM and Bajaj, the Indian market will get a slightly larger version of the new Duke, which will be liquid-cooled, have DOHC, and be positioned on the premium side of the market equation.

Expected to make over 20hp (the KTM 125 Duke makes 15hp), Indians wanting the extra power and styling of the new Duke will have pay for it. IndianCarsBikes estimates the KTM 200 Duke will cost between INR 1.2 to INR 1.5 Lakh ($2,600-$3,600), which is a healthy sum over 125cc naked bikes currently available in the country. For nearly double the cost of Bajaj’s Pulsar, the KTM 200 Duke makes up for its higher price tag with better components, and of course the extra dollars the KTM brand commands.

Source: OverDrive.in & IndianCarsBikes.in