250 Duke evolution: KTM's latest offering takes a leap in India

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250 Duke evolution: KTM's latest offering takes a leap in India (Image: ktm.com)
250 Duke evolution: KTM's latest offering takes a leap in India (Image: ktm.com)

Delhi : 250 Duke and the 390 Duke were both introduced by KTM India in the nation. The quarter-liter high-performance naked streetfighter is being offered in India for booking at a cost of Rs 4,499 and has been launched at a cost of 2.39 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). A number of mechanical improvements in the third-generation KTM 250 Duke help it perform better.

The new KTM 250 Duke motorcycle offers various upgrades along the same lines as the new KTM 390 Duke and is available in two different color options: Electronic Orange and Ceramic White. Ride-by-wire and quick-shifter technology are now standard on the 250 Duke. The new KTM 250 Duke weighs less than its predecessor thanks to a new two-piece chassis, new wheels, and new brakes. The third-generation 250 Duke allegedly has the highest power-to-weight ratio ever thanks to these enhancements.

Speaking of the appearance, the 2019 KTM 250 Duke has also undergone some cosmetic changes. With its macho tank extensions and angular LED headlight, the high-performance motorcycle maintains its sporty and aggressive appearance. It comes with a five-inch, completely digital instrument cluster with smartphone connectivity, turn-by-turn directions, and a USB Type-C charging port.

The bike is propelled by a well-tuned 250 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that was allegedly enhanced using lessons learned from the 250 Duke's previous iteration. Improved air intake for the engine is made possible via a larger airbox. According to KTM, the engine has been totally overhauled, and the cylinder heads and transmission configuration have been adjusted.

The KTM 250 Duke's suspension consists of an upside-down front fork and an offset mono shock absorber at the back. The 250 Duke has disc brakes and ABS for braking purposes. It has innovations like cornering ABS, track mode, and launch control, among others.