Next-Gen KTM RC 200 India Launch [Here’s What We Know So Far]: The production-ready model of 2021 KTM RC 200 was spotted for the first time back on December 25 last year and at that point of time, the next-gen model was expected to launch in the Indian markets by January or February 2021, but somehow it didn’t happen.
Since then, there is no concrete update regarding the launch of the 200cc sportbike and as of now, we don’t know when the new model of RC 200 is going to hit the showrooms across India. As per some of the media reports, it is rumoured to launch within the next 2-3 months.
Coming to the reasons behind the delay, one of the obvious ones could be that the number of COVID-19 cases has seen a sudden rise in the country and it is not a good idea to launch a new product amid full and partial lockdowns across all states in India.
The second reason could be that KTM is reworking on the front fascia of the sportbike as it got a lot of negative comments and reviews on Instagram and Facebook. If we talk about the version which was spotted back in December last year, the motorcycle features a huge front visor and a halogen headlight. Overall, the design looks pretty odd and unimpressive in comparison to the current-gen model of KTM RC 200.
Apart from the front disc brake, the rest of the hardware components like the tyres, suspension, and exhaust system look more or less similar to the current-gen model of the RC 200. The fuel tank of the motorcycle is now fully exposed, all due to the removal of a connecting part between the tank and fairing in favour of the straight flowing panels that directly connect with the face.
Mechanically, the 2021 KTM RC 200 would be equipped with the same 199.5cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, single-cylinder engine, which would come mated to a 6-speed gearbox. It is expected that KTM may also tweak the engine to generate slightly more power and torque. The current-gen model is good for a maximum power of 25HP along with a peak torque of 19.2 Nm. In terms of pricing, the 2021 model of RC 200 is expected to get an ex-showroom price tag of around INR 2.15-2.20 lakhs.