New KTM 490cc Twin-Cylinder Bikes to Possibly Roll Out in 2021

One of the largest two-wheeler manufacturers, Bajaj has its hands on single-cylinder KTM bikes only with 125cc, 200cc, 250cc, and 390cc. Meanwhile, a year earlier, buyers were offered with twin-cylinder plonked in the KTM 790 Duke. Now, the brief hiatus from Duke 390 to 790 is to be filled by Bajaj will all-new motorcycle range.

A whole new platform is being prepared by KTM to develop 500cc category motorcycles. Similarly, reports claim that the 490cc motorcycles are being developed with a parallel twin-cylinder engine. The all-new segment of 490cc is focus on those buyers who would prefer to upgrade from their current 390cc version i.e. Duke 390, RC390 and the Adventure 390.

The new twin-cylinder engine is likely to have similar formats or design structure as the previous models of 790/890 engines. The twin-cylinder engine is anticipated to enhance the refinement levels and will be considerably more powerful than the 43bhp, 390cc single-cylinder engine.

KTM Duke 490cc to launch

Stefan Pierar, KTM Head, stated that the new platform is still under development. Moreover, he claims that the first product based on this platform with the new twin-cylinder powertrain will be introduced by 2022.

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