KTM is developing the new 490cc parallel-twin engine, which will be equipped on different KTM bikes in the future. The new set of mid-capacity KTM motorcycles is planned to be launched around 2022, as confirmed by the CEO of KTM, Stefan Pierer.
The powertrain of KTM 490 Duke
The Austrian motorcycle manufacturer is planning to use the new powertrain in its 490 Duke along with 490 Adventure bikes, which might be launched sometime in 2022. Well, it is quite evident that both these upcoming KTM models will be a step higher than the Duke 390 bikes, currently in the market.
It is not yet confirmed, but the upcoming powertrain might also power the future Husqvarna models.
The 490cc powertrain is currently being developed at Bajaj Auto’s R&D facility in Pune but supported by KTM’s own R&D team.
Here’s What The Top Management Says About KTM 490 Duke
Stefan Pierer, the CEO of KTM said that the currently developing powertrain is getting developed at the Bajaj R&D facility, Pune. He also added that the development is supported by KTM’s R&D team.
He also mentioned that the upcoming twin-parallel engine will have the same format as KTM’s 790/890 powertrains, just the capacity will be 500cc. This will play an important role in helping its 124/200 along with 390 Duke customer base to rise to 490cc bikes, said Stefan.
Future Plans of Manufacturing
The top management of KTM also added that the company is not sure if it is going to manufacture its 490 cc motorcycles in India or in any other country. He also mentioned that the powertrain is currently under development but the company has not yet decided where it will produce the new range of 490cc twin-parallel models.
Stefan also said that the manufacturing could also be done in China as the previous 790cc powertrain was successfully transferred to CFMoto, which worked there well. He said that the manufacturing facility there started building around 18 months ago, and is now all set to start producing from the commencement of 2021.
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