Made-in-India KTM Duke 200 launched in Philippines
The KTM Duke 200 street fighter sportsbike has been launched in Philippines. The motorcycle is built in India, at Bajaj Auto’s Chakan manufacturing plant at Pune and exported to the Philippines. The motorcycle is priced at 195,000 Philippine Pesos, which converts to INR 2.61 lakhs. The price of the Duke 200 sold in the Philippines is double the price at which this motorcycle is sold in India. Incidentally, India is the market where the Duke 200 comes with the least price in the world. This is due to the heavy amount of localization and local production of the Duke 200 in India.
The Duke 200 is powered by a 200cc liquid cooled engine that features a four valve-DOHC head. The engine outputs a peak power of 25 Bhp and a peak torque of 19 Nm. The engine is mated to a 6 speed close ratio gearbox and is known for its explosive power delivery and a throaty growl that is very distinctive to KTM motorcycles. The KTM Duke 200 weighs just 136 kilograms and comes with WP upside down front forks while a monoshock unit makes for the rear suspension. The Duke 200 is sold as an entry level motorcycle in many European countries.
Apart from the Duke 200, Bajaj Auto manufactures two other KTM motorcycles in the form of the Duke 125 and the Duke 390. All three motorcycles feature heavy localization of parts. The 2013 Duke 390 is the latest KTM small capacity motorcycle to have been launched by the Austrian motorcycle brand. The motorcycle was first unveiled at this year’s EICMA Motorcycle Show last month and has been launched in countries like Italy and the United Kingdom. In early 2013, KTM is expected to launch the Duke 390 in the Indian market as well.
The motorcycle is expected to be priced close to the 2 lakh rupee mark in India. At that price, the KTM Duke 390 will be steal as the motorcycle delivers 44 Bhp of peak power and 35 Nm of peak torque. Indian motorcycle giant Bajaj Auto and Austrian sports motorcycle maker KTM are in a global alliance. Bajaj holds a 47% stake in KTM and manufactures many KTM motorcycles destined both for the Indian as well as the international markets. Bajaj Auto’s expertise in low cost-high quality manufacturing and parts sourcing is seen a key aspect in KTM’s international strategy. KTM, for its part, will provide Bajaj Auto with the technological knowhow for high performance motorcycles, in what is seen as a win-win partnership for both motorcycle brands.