KTM has had a busy 2020, especially in India this year with the launch of the Adventure 250 and 390, and smaller facelifts to the Duke 250 and Duke 125. In contrast, the RC range hasn’t had too many updates, apart from some basic colour updates.
But we do know that a KTM RC 200 range facelift is in the pipeline, with spy pictures popping up regularly, first from Europe and then from South East Asia. KTM has reportedly been working on a complete facelift of the RC 125, 200, 250 and 390. From engine updates to chassis. 2021 will see the KTM RC as an all-new machine. If it wasn’t for the epidemic, the new RC range would probably have been released worldwide already.
Recently, a new KTM development was revealed in India, as the first unmasked photos of the 2021 KTM RC 200 were revealed to have been taken on the production line. Considering that the sub 400cc RC, Duke, and ADV models, are all built at the Bajaj factory in Pune, India, it is almost certain that the photo is from that factory and even the Husqvarna motorbike can be seen in the background.
Not far removed from the previously revealed road test spy shots, the production model’s front design is equipped with halogen light units, similar to the design offered on the Duke 200. However, the halogen headlamps are surrounded by LED DRLs and the front surround appears to be larger, the front end looks fatter and has a somewhat incongruous ‘big head’ look, while the black and orange colour scheme is carried over and should be available in a wider range of colours.
The front disc brakes are different to the current model, there appears to be a new rear subframe and the side-mounted exhaust has been replaced by a lower abdomen unit. The biggest changes from the current model are mainly a redesigned fairing, a new wheelset and a larger windscreen. The fuel tank is significantly larger, the rear end is more ‘pointed’ than before and, of course, large, full LCD instruments will be added.
Power is provided by a BS6 standard 199.5cc single-cylinder water-cooled engine with 25hp and 19.2Nm of torque, which is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. KTM is expected to officially launch the next generation RC 200 in the coming weeks (probably in January 2021.) The bike will make its debut in India and is expected to be priced at around Rs 21 lakh, which will be more than Rs 10,000 higher than the current RC 200. Later in 2021, the new RC 125, RC 250 and the long-awaited RC 390 are also expected to be released.