A new KTM 390 Duke has been spotted in Germany.  According to RideApart, the new Duke will arrive sometime in 2021.  They have posted spy shots of the machine being tested.

They claim to have an insider who has given them specific information on the makeup of the machine. According to their information, the revised machine will have a new frame, new geometry, new swingarm, and slightly larger overall dimensions.

The current KTM 390 Duke. Photo credit: KTM

The engine will be updated as well.  The current 373 cc engine will get a modified cylinder head and redesigned exhaust manifold.  It will be interesting to see how these changes will affect the current bike’s 43 HP rating.

Further, RideApart says that their “trenchcoat-clad insider” claims that the new Duke will also get upgraded forks and better brakes.  A TFT (Thin Film Transistor) display will replace the current LCD display.  The new display will provide smartphone compatibility.

The current 390 Duke is a sporty lively little machine. Photo credit: KTM

So if RideApart is correct, the little Duke is getting a very big makeover.  The next question is whether this makeover will increase the cost of the Duke significantly.

The current price of the 390 Duke is $5,499 in the USA.  Would the Duke’s segment be flexible enough to handle a large price increase?

A 39 Duke carving a canyon. Photo credit: KTM

KTM is building itself as a premium brand but is there enough room in the small displacement naked category for a large price increase?  Perhaps a small increase would be acceptable.  But the rumored upgrades seem to be pricey propositions.  If the rumors are true, KTM’s ability to keep the 390 Duke’s price stable could weigh heavily on its success.


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