KTM has launched the 2021 RC 125 and the 2021 RC 200 in India. The 2021 RC125 is priced at ₹1.82 lakh while the 2021 RC 200 can be got at ₹2.09 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi. There is no price change as compared to the out going models. KTM had globally unveiled the latest generation RC 125 and 200 recently in August 2021 and the Pune based company has not wasted any time in getting them on the way to India. The flagship KTM RC 390 is slotted to be launched in a few months. The new RC 125 and RC 200 cost the same as their predecessors, which is a good thing considering that the new iteration is significantly different from the first-gen models. The Austrian brand has officially started accepting bookings for the new KTM RC 125 and RC 200 in India. The production for the new RC 200 has already commenced here and the bike will soon reach dealerships while the new RC 125 will be reaching dealerships by next month.
Sumeet Narang – President, Pro-Biking Business unit, Bajaj Auto Ltd. said, “With a slew of upgrades, the new generation of the KTM RC 200 looks set to extend its lead in the premium performance motorcycle segment, bringing real racetrack inspired DNA to the streets. While the KTM RC range Gen-2 will be available in global markets by 2022, the KTM RC 200 Gen-2 will be available for the Indian motorcycle enthusiasts from October 2021. The KTM RC 125 Gen-2 will be available from November 2021. We are celebrating 10 years of KTM’s presence in the Indian market this year, and we are excited to announce the all new KTM RC 200 and KTM RC 125 at a special introductory price of Rs. 2.09 lacs (Ex-SR, Delhi) and Rs. 1.82 Lacs (Ex-SR, Delhi) respectively to mark the occasion.”
In terms of looks the 2021 KTM RC 200 and RC 125 look a lot different as compared to the first-generation models and the latest design is inspired by the brand’s MotoGP race machine which now translates into an aggressive design on the fairing which makes the bike look bigger than before but also offers optimized wind and weather protection along with enhanced heat management. Also added to the update of the RC range are new design pentagonal headlamp instead of the twin-barrel headlamp setup on the older model. The headlamp also gets a new cowl with integrated indicators on them.
Other noteworthy changes and updates on the 2021 RC 125 and RC 200 include handlebars, a bigger 13.7-litre fuel tank (instead of a 9.5-litre tank on the first-gen models), new windscreen. Also updated is the airbox that gets a lot larger, all-new split-steel trellis frame which is lighter by 1.5 kg, a new tail light design, and curved radiator. The 2021 KTM RC 200 gets an all LED headlamp while the 2021 RC 125 comes with a halogen unit. In the instrumentation front the 2021 KTM RC 125 and 200 both get a bigger LCD instrument cluster also seen on the Adventure 250 which reads out all the needed tell tale vitals which include the tachometer, trip meter, ABS indication, gear indicator, etc.
On the power plant front the 2021 KTM RC 125 continues to be powered by the the BS6-compliant 124.7 cc liquid-cooled engine to make 15 bhp and 12 Nm of peak torque. This engine is paired to a six-speed gearbox. The 2021 RC 200 also retains the earlier engine which is a 199.5 cc liquid-cooled unit that hits out 25 bhp with 19 Nm and comes mated to a six-speed transmission.
On the suspension front the 2021 KTM RC bikes are tended to by 43 mm WP Apex big piston inverted forks with mono-shock while the braking duties are taken care of by 320 mm front and 230 mm rear disc brakes. Both the new RC bikes get dual-channel ABS as standard.