Quick Comparison: KTM RC 250 vs Honda CBR250R

KTM RC 250 vs Honda CBR250R: At present, the 250cc CBR is available in India for INR 1.65 lakh for the standard variant and INR 1.95 lakh for the ABS equipped model. Both prices are ex-showroom Delhi. As no other 250cc bike with similar performance figures is available in India, KTM could be the first direct rival to CBR250R through its quarter-litre RC 250. Loaded with speed and carrying a similar stance to RC 200, the motorcycle can serve as a direct rival to the ABS-equipped model of CBR250R. KTM RC 200 is priced at INR 1.79 lakh and thus, getting an ABS equipped KTM RC 250 for around INR 2.15 lakh can be a reality one day.

KTM RC 250 vs Honda CBR250R
KTM RC 250

Honda CBR250R is powered by a 249.6cc, single cylinder engine producing 26.5 HP at 8500 rpm and 22.9 Nm at 7000 rpm. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The motorcycle features LED headlight and 0-100 kmph sprint time of just 8.9 seconds. Honda has mentioned 135 kmph as the top speed for CBR250R on its official website, though in the real world it can easily touch 145-150 kmph. The ABS model uses Nissin brake callipers and comes equipped with conventional front telescopic forks. KTM RC 250, on the other hand, uses the same engine as Duke 250, producing 31 HP at 9000 rpm and 24 Nm at 7500 rpm. The motorcycle claims a top speed of around 165 kmph.

KTM RC 250 vs Honda CBR250R
Honda CBR250R

KTM offer USD forks, projector headlights and full digital instrument console with this package. They can launch their quarter-litre racer anytime in India as production for the South Asian market is managed by their India-based facility. More and more manufacturers are moving into higher displacement motorcycles to meet the rising need. CBR250R comes with 110/70 and 140/70 tyres while RC 250 will offer similar front but a slightly bigger 150/60 rear tyre.

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KTM RC 250 vs Honda CBR250R

Quick Specs & Price Comparison

KTM RC 250 Honda CBR250R
Displacement 248.8cc 249.6 cc
Transmission 6-Speed 6-Speed
No. of Cylinders 1-Cylinder 1-Cylinder
Max. Power 31 HP @ 9000 rpm 26.5 HP @ 8500 rpm
Max. Torque 24 NM @ 7500 rpm 22.9 NM @ 7000 rpm
Fuel Supply Fuel Injection Fuel Injection
Engine Cooling Liquid-Cooled Liquid-Cooled
Top Speed 165 KMPH (Approx.) 135 KMPH (Claimed)
Mileage 30-35 kmpl (Approx) 35-40 kmpl (Approx)
Price (Ex-Showroom) INR 2.15 Lakh (Expected) INR 1.95 Lakh (ABS Model)

Dimensions & Weight

KTM RC 250 vs Honda CBR250R
KTM RC 250 Honda CBR250R
Length 2050 mm 2030 mm
Width 730 mm 720 mm
Height 1098 mm 1127 mm
Wheelbase 1340 mm 1369 mm
Ground Clearance 178.5 mm 145 mm
Seat Height 820 mm 784 mm
Kerb Weight 166 kg (Approx.) 167 kg (ABS Model)
Fuel Tank 10 litres 13 litres

Brakes & Suspension

KTM RC 250 vs Honda CBR250R

KTM RC 250 Honda CBR250R
Brakes (F) 300mm Petal Disc 296 mm Single Disc
Brakes (R) 230mm Petal Disc 220 mm Single Disc
Suspension (F) WP USD Forks Conventional Forks
Suspension (R) WP Monoshock Monoshock
ABS 2-Channel ABS 2-Channel ABS

Frame & Tyres

KTM RC 250 vs Honda CBR250R

KTM RC 250 Honda CBR250R
Frame  Tubular Frame Twin Spar Type
Front Tyre 110/70 R17 110/70 R17
Rear Tyre 150/60 R17 140/70 R17
Front Wheel 17-inch 17-inch
Rear Wheel 17-inch 17-inch