It has been a long time that Indian bikers are waiting for KTM Duke 200cc to be launched. We have confirmation that Duke 200 will be debuted at the 2012 Auto Expo. After Duke 200, KTM has confirmed their plan to launch the Duke 350cc. As of now, 350cc sport machine segment is inexistent in India. The only bike that comes with a 350cc mill is the Royal Enfield, which is of course a different segment all together.
India manufactured Duke 125cc is already exported to some of the European countries and has gained some immense response. As per recent statistics, 7000 units of baby Duke have been sold out in European market.
“During the Delhi Auto Expo 2012, we will be launching the first 200-cc Duke bike in India,” said Stefan Pierer, CEO of KTM Sportmotorcycle AG.
The company is also very optimistic about the sales figure. KTM has plans to sell 25,000 to 30,000 of Duke 200 to be sold out in India in first year. Later, the company will look forward to launch the Duke 350 in India.
“We expect to sell 25,000 to 30,000 units in India in the first year of launch. After one year, we will launch the 350-cc Duke in India” he added.
With Honda CBR250R already launched in India, only time will tell if KTM can accomplish their sanguine target Duke 200. It is also said that Duke 200 will be priced in par with CBR250R.
Unlike Duke 125 and 200 which share the same chassis, Duke 350 is expected to come with a different chassis all together. Duke 350 will have a great balance of power and fuel efficiency. The only competitor for the bike will be Triumph 350 from Triumph Motorcycles, which will be launching in later half of 2012. The high displacement motorcycle segment is expanding at an all-time high rate and we can expect many more models to be launched in these segments. Higher the competition, lower will be the prices.