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KTM 490cc Bike India Launch in 2022 | December 2020 |

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KTM 490cc Bike India Launch in 2022 | December 2020 |

 

  1. Parallel-twin 500cc engine will power the new 490’s
  2. Bajaj Auto in India will be designing and developing with the support from Austrian HQ.
  3.  The Husqvarnas and maybe even Bajaj’s own bikes may use this motor.
KTM 490cc Bike India Launch in 2022 | December 2020 |
Reference Image of 790 Duke

KTM 490cc Bike India Launch in 2022 | December 2020 |

Around the beginning of the second quarter, KTM will be bringing out its 490 series. Stefan Pierer (CEO of KTM) has confirmed the launch timeline of 2022. For the first bike of the most awaited 490 series. Accordingly the new engine will give birth to the “490 Adventure” and the “490 Duke and RC” models . It is supposed to share this with its sister brand Husqvarna (maybe in Svartpilen 501 and Vitpilen 501).

News of the arrival of the parallel-twin 490s were first heard at the end of 2018. When Stefan himself had said the plans for such mid-displacement models. A year later around March 2020, investor documents had mention of five bikes. That will bring into play this new engine. Where Stefan had always kept saying the first bike would arrive in 2022. But the way has turned out, there may be an delay.

KTM 490cc Bike India Launch in 2022 | December 2020 |
Reference Image of 790 Duke’s Engine

Keeping this aside. CEO’ Stefan has also said that work on the new engine is going ahead at full swing.

At Bajaj Auto’s R&D, with the inputs from KTM Austria R&D Team. All new parallel-twin 500cc engine will hold on to the mantra of KTM’s Ready To Race. Just like the 390s and 790s do.

This will be Bajaj Auto’s first attempt at a multi-cylinder engine format, which could also eventually make its way onto one of its own motorcycles. While Stefan still remains unsure about the motor’s production, Bajaj has invested Rs.650 crore on a new plant in Chakan itself, where it will manufacture KTMs, Huskies, and even the smaller-capacity Triumphs. Production of the Chetak electric scooter, and also the Husqvarna electric scooter based on it, will move out of Akurdi to this new plant. Motorcycle’s production from this new plant will begin from 2023 onwards.

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