With minor upgrades, the 2016 KTM RC 390 is better than ever before, and is still the raciest in its segment
KTM has unveiled the 2016-spec RC 390, which has now been revised in order to meet Euro 4 emissions norms. The earlier bike's svelte exhaust system, which was neatly integrated into the fairing/bellypan, has now been replaced with a much bigger unit that incorporates a catalytic converter in the muffler. This new exhaust, which actually doesn't look bad at all, ensures that the new RC 390 spews out a significatly reduced amount of noxious gases. KTM also claim that there has been no loss in the RC 390's performance levels in the move to Euro 4.
The 2016 RC 390's 373cc liquid-cooled fuel-injected single-cylinder engine, which weighs just 36 kilos, now gets ride-by-wire throttle management and pumps out a rather useful 44bhp. The bike also gets a slipper clutch, a bigger, 320mm brake disc at the front, span-adjustable levers, bigger rear-view mirrors and more generously padded rider and passenger seats. The 390's steel-tube trellis frame and cast aluminium swingarm remain unchanged, and the bike remains the best handling sportsbike in its segment by a fair margin. For those who want to go racing, KTM have also developed a go-faster, track-ready version, the RC 390 CUP. More details of the CUP bike, here.
Prices and availability details for the 2016 KTM RC 390 will be announced soon.