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2022 KTM RC 390 vs rivals: worth, specs comparability | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

We examine the new-gen KTM RC 390 to the TVS Apache RR 310 and the Kawasaki Ninja 300.

KTM has lastly launched the extremely anticipated, new-generation RC 390 in India, priced at Rs 3.14 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The supersport bike has acquired an all-new design, main chassis updates, extra options and minor updates to the powertrain. These adjustments have pushed up costs for the RC 390 by round Rs 36,000 over the previous-gen mannequin. As such, the KTM RC 390 continues to rival the TVS Apache RR 310 and the Kawasaki Ninja 300. Learn on to see how they examine by way of specs and worth. 

2022 KTM RC 390 vs rivals: dimensions and underpinnings

Dimensions and underpinnings
KTM RC 390 TVS Apache RR 310 Kawasaki Ninja 300
Wheelbase 1365mm 1405mm
Seat top 835mm 810mm 780mm
Floor clearance 153mm 180mm 140mm
Gasoline tank capability 13.7 litres 11 litres 17 litres
Kerb weight 172kg 174kg 179kg
Body Trellis body Trellis body Diamond body
Suspension (F/R) USD fork/monoshock USD fork/monoshock Telescopic fork/monoshock
Brakes (F/R) 320mm Disc/230mm Disc 300mm Disc/240mm Disc 290mm Disc/220mm Disc
Tyres (F/R) 110/70 R17/150/60 R17 110/70 ZR17/150/60 ZR17 110/70-17/140/70-17

When it comes to dimensions, the Ninja 300 has probably the most accessible seat top, however this comes on the trade-off of the bottom floor clearance right here. The KTM has the tallest seat top, whereas the TVS has one of the best floor clearance. The RC does get a bigger 13.7 litre tank than earlier than however it nonetheless lags behind the Kawasaki’s 17-litre tank. The RC 390 used to comfortably be the lightest bike on this class, and the brand new RC 390 can also be the lightest one right here, however not by quite a bit. 

Each the KTM and TVS use a trellis body, whereas the Kawasaki makes do with a diamond body. All bikes get disc brakes on the entrance and rear, with the KTM getting the biggest entrance disc and the TVS getting the biggest rear disc.

The KTM and TVS each function an the other way up fork, whereas the Ninja has a traditional unit. All three bikes get a monoshock on the rear. Whereas the KTM and Kawasaki solely get preload adjustment for the rear monoshock, the TVS, when outfitted with the BTO Dynamic equipment will get adjustable entrance suspension in addition to preload and rebound damping adjustment for the rear monoshock. It’s price noting that KTM is but to disclose the wheelbase for the 2022 RC 390 and therefore the figures have been disregarded from this comparability.

2022 KTM RC 390 vs rivals: engine and gearbox

Engine and gearbox
KTM RC 390 TVS Apache RR 310 Kawasaki Ninja 300
Engine 373.23cc, liquid cooled, single cylinder 312.2cc, liquid cooled, single cylinder 296cc, liquid cooled, parallel twin cylinder
Energy 43.5hp at 9,000rpm 34hp at 9,700rpm 39hp at 11,000rpm
Torque 37Nm at 7,000rpm 27.3Nm at 7,700rpm 26.1Nm at 10,000rpm
Gearbox 6-speed 6-speed 6-speed

The brand new RC 390 continues to be powered by the identical 373.23cc, single-cylinder engine that did obligation within the outgoing model. Nonetheless, it now will get up to date mapping and a 40 % bigger airbox, which has barely bumped up the torque to 37Nm (up by 1Nm). The 43.5hp energy output stays unchanged, however it’s nonetheless comfortably probably the most highly effective and torquiest bike right here, and it tops that by additionally providing peak figures earliest within the rev vary. All three bikes get 6-speed gearboxes however the 2022 RC 390 has an higher hand with a bi-directional quickshifter (the one one right here). TVS’ Apache RR 310 additionally makes use of a single-cylinder engine just like the KTM, however it has a smaller displacement of 312cc. The RR 310 makes the least quantity of energy right here (34hp) however does make extra torque than the Kawasaki, and its single-cylinder motor makes the drive extra accessible than the Kawi’s peaky twin.      

The Kawasaki Ninja 300, in the meantime, has the excellence of being the one parallel twin engined bike right here. And whereas it does lag behind the KTM by way of energy and the TVS by way of torque, the Ninja 300 will probably be extra refined and even sound higher than the 2. 

2022 KTM RC 390 vs rivals: worth

KTM RC 390 TVS Apache RR 310 Kawasaki Ninja 300
Value (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rs 3.14 lakh Rs 2.65 lakh* Rs 3.37 lakh

* Apache RR 310 worth doesn’t embrace the BTO kits

At Rs 3.14 lakh, the KTM RC 390 has obtained significantly costlier than earlier than. Nonetheless, it will get a very new design, extra options and mechanical updates, whereas nonetheless managing to undercut the Ninja 300. 

The Kawasaki continues to be the costliest, regardless of it being the oldest competitor right here. The Ninja 300 does get a twin cylinder engine which the others don’t, however it falls brief by way of the tools it gives and its efficiency ranges. It is usually now getting reasonably lengthy within the tooth and may’t match the opposite two within the options division. 

The TVS Apache RR 310 is probably the most worth for cash purchase right here. Even with the BTO Dynamic (Rs 12,000) and Race (Rs 5,000) kits – which herald adjustable suspension, lowered clip-ons and raised foot pegs – the RR 310 continues to be extra reasonably priced than the KTM. 

In order that’s how the brand new KTM RC 390, TVS Apache RR 310 and Kawasaki Ninja 300 examine on the spec sheet. 

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