Even as Bajaj Auto prepares to give us Indians a taste of Austrian engineering, the KTM Duke 200 has been unveiled in Malaysia a few days ago by no less than the Malaysian Prime Minister, Mr Najib Tun Razak himself. The KTM Duke 200 will be built at KTM’s Malaysian assembly unit through the CKD route. Bajaj Auto’s plant in Chakan will supply the CKD kits to KTM Malaysia for assembly. Production is expected to begin early next year, at a time when the KTM Duke 200 will also be launched in the Indian market through the upcoming 2012 Indian Auto Expo.
Only 3 motorcycles have been assembled in Malaysia so far, mainly for display purposes. From the images we have at hand here, the KTM Duke 200 unveiled at Malaysia is bog similar to the KTM Duke 125, when it comes to the componentry the motorcycle features, apart from the engine of course. The meaty 45mm Upside Down front forks and a monoshock rear are standard items while the seating looks just enough for two. The 17 incher tyres too are chunky items with a 110 section front and a 150 section rear.
What however remains unknown at the moment is the price at which the KTM Duke 200 will sell at and also thee technical specifications of the motorcycle. However, rumors in Malaysia seem to suggest a price of RM 15,000-18,000 for the KTM Duke 200, which when converted translates to about INR 2.25-3 Lakhs. What has to be noted here is that this price is purely speculative in nature for the time being. The price of the KTM Duke 200 in India however might be around INR 1.2 Lakh as the motorcycle will be produced locally at Bajaj’s Chakan plant.
While the engine specifications remain unknown at the moment, we’ll hazard a few guesses extrapolating the KTM Duke 125’s engine. Asides a 200cc capacity of the KTM Duke 200’s four stroke, liquid cooled and fuel injected engine, a four valve layout with double overhead camshafts could be a part of the equation. This engine should be capable of producing around 22-24 Bhp given the fact that Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTSi in air cooled, 2 valve-SOHC form produces 21 Bhp.
With that much power allied to a weight of under 140 kg, the KTM Duke 200 could be a very solid performer, both in terms of outright engine performance as well as in the handling department given the top spec suspension components like the USD front fork, the trellis frame and the monoshock rear suspension. With Bajaj being well known for value pricing, a killer price tag of about INR 1.2 Lakh could just make the KTM Duke 200, a Honda CBR250R killer. Meanwhile, here’s a video of the KTM Duke 200 being unveiled at Malaysia.