Indian-based sources report of a new KTM 400 Adventure model destined to debut later this year.
According to reliable sources in the Indian motorcycle market, Austrian brand KTM looks set at expanding its Adventure model line up yet again, this time in the smaller-cc segment. (Note: EU-spec 2015 KTM 1050 Adventure pictured for illustration purpose).
The rumoured new KTM 400 Adventure model could indeed propel the brand further within the adventure bike segment, especially in the Asian region where tax and licensing laws, and a significantly lower selling price favours such small or mid-range capacity bikes. This was proven with the recent introduction of the new KTM 250 Duke and RC250 in Japan.
Sources in India report that the new KTM 400 Adventure will lift the DOHC 373.2cc single-cylinder mill primed with fuel injection as found in the 390-series Duke and RC (RC390 pictured above), but will reportedly re-optimise it for the Adventure for better low- to mid-range torque generation. Presently, the mill generates 43hp@8,500rpm and 35.5Nm of peak torque at 6,750rpm.
Reports also indicate that the KTM 400 Adventure will gain with a re-tuned transmission as well to suit its dual-purpose nature. Matching that will be a large 19-litre fuel tank, followed by 19-inch wheels up front wrapped in 90/90-sized tyres and an 17-inch unit in the rear wrapped in 150.60-sized rubber. Reports claim that all this will see the upcoming KTM 400 Adventure tip the scales at just 185kg dry.
As you would expect of any KTM ‘Adventure’ series model, various accessories will be offered – this upcoming 400 Adventure model being no exception to the clause. Amongst the items set to be offered include an adjustable winscreen, a series of decal designs, not forgetting the all-important Akrapovic exhaust can as well.
If these reports are true, the Austrian brand could reveal its new 400 Adventure model in the Indian market first around June this year. The reports did not indicate KTM’s intent on introducing the model in other markets in the region, but we expect the brand would do so provided that the model garners a significant level of demand.