Introduces digital sales and service initiatives to ensure customer safety
Bangalore, June 19, 2020: Royal Enfield, the global leader in the mid-size motorcycle segment (250-750cc), today announced that it has reopened and resumed operations at more than 90% of its retail network across India. The company’s facilities, offices and stores across the country remained closed in compliance with government guidelines between March 22 and May 5, 2020. Since May 6, the company has gradually restarted its commercial and manufacturing operations in a phased manner. As of today, more than 850 stores and 425 studio stores across India are operational for sales and service. In Bangalore, Royal Enfield has resumed its sales and service operations with 20 stores and 1 studio store to offer seamless sales and service support to customers, with all necessary safety guidelines issued by the government. Overall, in Karnataka, 30 stores and 17 studio stores have commenced operations. While most of these stores are completely operational, the stores in certain cities are functioning partially or on alternate days as advised by local authority guidelines.
In an effort to enhance customer satisfaction and ensure maximum safety and convenience to customers, Royal Enfield has rolled out a slew of initiatives that offer Contactless Purchase and Service Experience. Through several digital and online conveniences and ‘At-your-doorstep’ services, Royal Enfield aims to provide customers a seamless and hassle-free purchase and ownership journey.
Speaking about the initiatives, Mr. Lalit Malik, Chief Commercial Officer, Royal Enfield, said, “Our focus is to bring more value and engagement to our customers across all levels of brand interaction to create an involved purchase and ownership experience that is seamless and hassle-free. These initiatives will ensure safety of our customers and give them more options to be connected with the brand, without compromising on the ownership experience. We have created an engaging and convenient online approach that brings the world of Royal Enfield to the customer’s fingertips, and allows him or her to remain connected with the brand. The array of online and digital customer-centric initiatives we’ve launched is an initial step towards the larger digital journey we will undertake. This is only just the beginning and we aim to introduce a plethora of new digital features that will facilitate seamless interaction, higher functionality and most importantly, an outstanding customer experience”
Customers can now bring home their favourite Royal Enfield motorcycle in three simple steps without as much as walking into a store. An Online Discovery of your favourite motorcycle on the Royal Enfield website can be followed by a Home Test Ride and an Online Booking facility available on the website itself. Customers can go through the gallery of motorcycle variants and colour options, choose genuine accessories to enhance appeal and functionality of the motorcycle, and have a look at the kitted-up motorcycle before booking it online. The customer can then connect with the closest local dealer and complete payment formalities through e-payment options available across Royal Enfield dealerships and the motorcycle can be delivered at the customer’s doorstep.
On the service front, Royal Enfield has deployed Service on Wheels – a fleet of mobile service-ready motorcycles. The Service on Wheels motorcycles are purpose-built, and equipped to carry tools, equipment and genuine spare parts to undertake almost 90% of all typical service and repair requirements at the doorstep of a customer, and will even be deployed as RoadSide Assistance vehicles. Service on Wheels is accompanied by authorised Royal Enfield technicians who strictly adhere to all safety related guidelines. E-payment options will be available to the customer for a truly contactless service experience. The Royal Enfield Service on Wheels motorcycles will be available across all dealerships by July.
Should the customer choose to bring the motorcycle to the service centre, the company has a set of strict safety guidelines in place to ensure sanitization and distancing. Motorcycle pick-up and drop facilities will be available across select cities. All Royal Enfield stores and service centres will follow all prescribed safety precautions, including sanitization of facility and display and test vehicles, mandatory use of facemask, and thermal screening at the entrance for staff and visitors. All commercial transactions at the store and service centre will be accepted through online / digital payments only. The customer lounge at the store and workshop and the apparel trial rooms will remain closed.
About Royal Enfield:
The oldest motorcycle brand in continuous production, Royal Enfield made its first motorcycle in 1901. A division of Eicher Motors Limited, Royal Enfield has created the mid-sized motorcycle segment in India with its unique and distinctive modern classic bikes. With its new manufacturing base in Chennai, India, Royal Enfield is able to grow its production rapidly against a surge in demand for its motorcycles. With more than 40% growth every year for the last 5 years, Royal Enfield is fast becoming a very important player in the global mid-size motorcycle market and is working towards re-inventing this space with motorcycles that are evocative and engaging and great fun to ride.
Royal Enfield’s motorcycle line-up includes the newly launched Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650, powered by a modern 648cc twin cylinder engine. Royal Enfield also manufactures the Classic, Bullet and Thunderbird models in 350cc displacement and the purpose-built Himalayan powered by the new LS410 engine. Royal Enfield operates through 18 company-operated stores and 940 large format stores and 500 studio stores in all major cities and towns in India, and exports to over 50 countries across the world including the USA, UK, several European and Latin American countries, as well as the Middle East and South-East Asia.
Royal Enfield also organizes and supports many motorcycling events and rides globally, more prominently the Rider Mania – an annual gathering of Royal Enfield riders from all over the world to the lovely beaches of Goa, and the Himalayan Odyssey, the most arduous motorcycle ride over some of the toughest roads and highest mountain passes in the Himalayas. Royal Enfield also conducts the popular ‘One Ride’ where people around the world ride out on their motorcycles on the first Sunday of April.
Vadodara, June 16, 2020: MG (Morris Garages) Motor India today commenced the commercial production of the much-awaited HECTOR PLUS. Manufactured at its state-of-the-art Halol plant, the HECTOR PLUS was first showcased at Auto Expo 2020 and will go on sale in July 2020.
HECTOR PLUS differentiates itself from the first internet car in India, HECTOR, with captain seats in the middle row, thereby offering best-in-class comfort to the passengers. A third row has also been added to suit the family needs. This high-appeal SUV comes with a premium new look including the all-new Headlamps, Front Grille, Front and Rear Bumpers, New Rear Tail Light Design, and Revised Skid Plates.
Speaking on the development, Manish Manek, Chief Plant Officer, MG Motor India, said, “The HECTOR PLUS is aimed at addressing specific family needs with captain seats in the middle row and a third row for teenagers. Further augmenting the HECTOR brand family, the HECTOR PLUS stands out as the smarter choice with advanced technology, best in-class safety, and unmatched comfort.”
MG’s Halol plant operates conforming to world-class manufacturing standards following production parameters beyond the current norm, with the vehicles undergoing various stringent quality tests. Further underlining its commitment to create products specifically for India, the carmaker had also set up a captive vendor park at its plant.
The technologically advanced plant in Gujarat deploys advanced robotic spot welding, robotic roller hemming, and robotic brazing facilities to achieve superior weld quality and dimensional consistency. The paint shop uses robotic application at all stages of coating to achieve superior paint finish quality and colour harmony. The new assembly line operates with the help of advanced Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) for various assembly processes. A first in the industry, touchscreen pads are also available at each assembly work station, enabling MG employees to connect and alert the system centrally to avoid errors, following the heritage brand’s “first time right build” philosophy.
MG HECTOR PLUS also comes integrated with the revolutionary Over the Air (OTA) technology, allowing customers to update software/firmware, feature themes, and infotainment content seamlessly. Building on the huge success of MG HECTOR across the country, the British carmaker is working on strengthening its SUV portfolio.
Kia’s answer to the Vitara Brezza is based on the successful Hyundai Venue. It will also share the powertrain options with the Venue. We expect to see the same 120PS 1.2-litre T-GDI motor along with the 1.5-litre diesel engine. The Sonet is also expected to have a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine.
The Kia Sonet was unveiled in the pre-production avatar but the company said that the exteriors of the car would be 90% untouched for the production-spec. Interiors of the car were not revealed but expect it to be something cool and funky. The manufacturer has decided to sell this car as an urban commuter. Though the pandemic has delayed other projects, Kia is confident that they will be successful in launching the production car by the festive season this year i.e. August-October 2020.
In terms of features, the Sonet will be offered with a 10.25-inch infotainment system, connected car technology, climate control, and a Bose sound system. Other expected features include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a wireless phone charger, cruise control, a multi-info display, and keyless entry with push-button start. Expected safety features include six airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.
Importance of GLS to India: “The GLS completes a decade in India and with more than 6700 units on Indian roads, it undoubtedly remains the most preferred full-size luxury SUV in its segment. The new GLS is the most luxurious SUV on offer from Mercedes-Benz in the Indian market and it will continue to remain an important pillar in Mercedes-Benz’s SUV portfolio.” Martin Schwenk
Pune: Mercedes-Benz, India’s largest luxury car manufacturer today launched the newest generation of the GLS – popularly referred to as the S-Class of SUVs. The new Mercedes-Benz GLS is the largest and most luxurious SUV from Mercedes-Benz and offers the customer more space, more comfort, more tech, and more luxury. The new GLS features the most cutting-edge technology offered by any SUV on Indian roads and combines luxury with the character of a true off-roader. The interiors of the new GLS combine the comfort of a Mercedes-Benz luxury saloon with progressive detailing of an SUV. The new GLS has a considerably longer wheelbase over its predecessor (3135 mm, an increase of 60 mm), offering more space (87 mm), especially in the second seat row, which can furthermore be adjusted fore and aft.
Martin Schwenk, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India digitally launched the GLS at the company’s Centre of Excellence in Chakan, Pune.
Mr. Schwenk commented, “Combining luxury, comfort, and technology, the Mercedes- Benz GLS is the finest luxury SUV available in the market today. As a full-size seven- seater SUV, the new GLS offers significantly more space and an added legroom for passengers, especially for those in the second row. The GLS is also equipped with the latest generation of the MBUX infotainment system and fully connected via our Mercedes me Connect Services, making it a tech-savvy SUV. The interior of the GLS is a synthesis of modern, luxurious aesthetics, hallmark SUV practicality. In our view, the new GLS is an ideal blend of modern luxury with the characteristics of an off-roader.”
“Mercedes me connect App also gets an all-new user interface and an additional new Service App that offers a seamless online experience. The new Mercedes me App with highly intuitive User Interface is being rolled-out for all Mercedes me connect owners starting 1st July 2020. This new App provides a platform to offer new features that are capable of Over the Air updates. We will be shortly rolling-out Geo-fencing, vehicle finder and remote open-close of windows and sunroof.” commented Mr. Schwenk.
“Our colleagues at MBRDI have supported with a local innovation, which now enables all MBUX NTG 6 head units to display COVID Testing Centres in the navigation pane. This innovation underlines how fast Mercedes-Benz can react and help customers using technology. This data will be available for all the major cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Pune. This has been achieved in association with Map My India.”
Powertrain: petrol engine has integrated starter-generator and EQ Boost
Powerful six-cylinder engines deliver the motoring comfort and effortlessly superior power that suits the characteristics of this luxurious car. However, the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 4MATIC comes with a six-cylinder in-line engine electrified with 48-volt technology and integrated starter-generator (ISG). Its performance data: 270 kW (367 hp) and 500 Nm of torque, with a further 250 Nm of torque and 16 kW/22 hp available. The integrated starter- generator (ISG) is responsible for hybrid functions such as EQ Boost or energy recuperation while allowing fuel savings that were previously reserved for high-voltage hybrid technology.
Aerodynamics: detailed fine-tuning for the best Cd figure in this class
The new GLS achieves cd figures as low as 0.32 – a clear improvement compared with its predecessor (cd 0.35) and an impressively low figure in the large luxury SUV segment.
The excellent aerodynamics help to firstly reduce fuel consumption and secondly limit wind noise, one of the areas on which development work focused specifically.
The new range of engines: powerful efficiency
GLS 400 d 4MATIC
GLE 450 4MATIC (EQ Boost)
Output (kW/hp) Combustion engine
270/367 (+ 16 kW/22 hp)
500 (+ 250 Nm)
Telematics and Infotainment:
App not only looks good but also keeps the customer connected always, regardless of the physical location. The new Mercedes me App with intuitive User Interface is being rolled-out for all Mercedes me connect owners starting 1st July 2020. The consumers only need to upgrade their existing Mmc apps once they receive a notification on their current app.
New Mercedes me Connect features: benefits all existing Mercedes owners
Corona Testing Centres in Navigation System through MBUX:
NTG 6 navigation system with MBUX will now feature Corona Testing Centres as Points of Interest for customers. All Mercedes-Benz Mmc customers can now find out COVID- 19 Testing Centres as POI in the navigation. MBUX will also be able to show the direction to Corona Testing Centers in select cities as a POI.
MBRDI engineers at Bangalore has achieved this breakthrough in association with MapMyIndia, which is a leading service provider of maps.
This data will be available for all the major cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Pune.
Named after the Targa Florio
With the new concept, Porsche was responding to increased safety requirements for open-top cars in the American market, countering voices calling for cabriolets to be completely banned in the United States. When deciding on a name for the model, consideration was given to race tracks where Porsche has been particularly successful, quickly leading to Targa Florio – the road race in Sicily where Porsche has enjoyed great motorsport success since the mid 1950s. For a short while, “911 Flori” was under discussion, until Head of Domestic Sales Harald Wagner stumbled on the answer by asking the question: “Why don‘t we just call it Targa?” The Italian term also means “number plate”, but legend has it that this only came to light when the copywriters were working on the sales brochure.
A range of Targa options for the G series models
The Targa also remained a fixture of the product range for the second 911 generation, the G series models built from the late summer of 1973. For the first time, the 911 body was sustainably modified, now featuring new box-shaped bumpers with black bellows on the side, in line with new legislation in the United States. They were able to absorb impacts up to speeds of 8 km/h without any damage to the body. No changes were made to the technical Targa roof design. The visual appearance was modified, however, with the previous durable brushed stainless steel Targa roll bar now also available in black. Even when the 911 SC cabrio was included in the range in January 1983, once again a Porsche that could be driven with a fully open top, the targa remained a fixed constant – even beyond the end of G series production in 1989.
Type 964 with 85 percent new parts, but the Targa remains a classic
As early as the autumn of 1988, Porsche introduced the first all-wheel drive 911 with the 911 Carrera 4 Type 964, making it the third generation of the iconic sports car from Zuffenhausen. Porsche retained the classic body shape of the 911, but underneath about 85 percent of all the parts were new. Just a year later, a variant with classic rear-wheel drive was also available in the form of the 911 Carrera 2, but all three body types could also be ordered: Coupé, Cabriolet and Targa. The 911 Carrera 2 Targa and 911 Carrera 4 Targa, built until 1993, still had the classic Targa roll bar and the removable roof centre section. A total of 87,663 Targa models were built within the first three 911 generations.
Departure from the Targa roll bar – glass roof for the 911 Targa Type 993
The fourth generation of the 911 Type 993 was introduced in autumn 1993 in combination with a new body design, with the development of a new Targa concept from November 1995. For the first time in the 911, the front wings were wider and significantly flatter. The rear wings were also wider and ran in a straighter line to the rear. As well as extensive enhancements to the engine and chassis, generation 993 took the Targa idea in a completely different direction, without the Targa roll bar. The roof, made of tinted heat-insulating glass, running from the front window frame to the rear, was now encased within a longitudinal safety structure. Divided into electrical moving segments, it opened smoothly at the push of a button and retracted behind the rear window like a wide sliding roof. The main benefits of the new solution included reduced wind noise with a sun-drenched interior when the roof was closed. A continuing characteristic of this Targa: the tapered rear windows. The new Targa concept of the 993 series combined open-top driving pleasure with the 911 for the first time, without fundamentally changing the classic coupé roofline.
911 Targa Type 996 – a new rear lid for the Targa
Porsche presented the fifth 911 generation with the 911 Carrera Type 996 in 1997. It was completely redesigned and relied on water-cooled six-cylinder boxer engines for the first time. The Targa was available from December 2001 alongside the Coupé and Cabriolet. Just like its predecessor, the 911 Targa had an electrically operated glass roof, now with a surface area of more than 1.5 square metres. There had never before been that much glass surface area in a Porsche 911. The new Targa was also the first 911 to provide a rear window that could be folded up. This made it easy to access the rear storage compartment with up to 230 litres storage space to load suitcases, bags or other luggage.
911 Targa 4/4S Type 997 – lighter glass and two variants for the first time
September 2006 saw the introduction of the 911 Targa belonging to the now sixth 911 generation, type 997. In principle, it had the same Targa roof design as its predecessor, but with an additional practical rear lid. However, the use of special glass made it possible to reduce the weight by 1.9 kg, and two high-gloss polished aluminium strips along the edges of the roof were especially eye-catching. In addition, the 911 Targa was now only available in the two all-wheel drive variants – the 911 Targa 4 and the 911 Targa 4S.
911 Targa Type 991 – the return of the legendary Targa roll bar
In September 2011, Porsche introduced the seventh and fully redesigned 911 generation. Following the coupé and cabriolet body variants, the 911 Targa was presented in January 2014, cast as a modern classic with its innovative Targa roof. The classic Targa idea was successfully combined with state-of-the-art roof convenience for the first time. Just like the legendary original Targa, the new model had the characteristic wide bar in place of B-pillars, a moving roof section above the front seats, and a wrap-around rear window without a C-pillar. But unlike the classic models, the roof was opened and closed in the new Targa at the push of a button. The fully automatic roof system spectacularly hid the hardtop element behind the rear seat system. The new 911 Targa represented a high-end, innovative new edition of the 1965 classic.
2020: Heritage design – Historical exterior and interior design elements have been reinterpreted and combined with the latest technology . The new model is available to order now and only 992 examples will be built,
The T100 Black and T120 Black are inspired by the legendary 1959 Bonneville,
incorporating more of the original’s iconic DNA. Both with a significantly higher level of
finish, beautifully authentic detailing and standard of equipment set a new benchmark
in classic motorcycles.
Both the motorcycles are built to enhance the iconic Bonneville character in addition to
timeless styling and modern capabilities.
Bonneville T100 Black and T120 Black are launched at an introductory price of INR
8,87,400 lac (ex-showroom) and INR 9,97,600 lac (ex-showroom) respectively
Triumph Motorcycles, the iconic British premium brand launched
the all-new Black Editions of its popular Bonneville T100 and T120 today in India. Like the
iconic original Bonneville T120 and the T100 that enjoyed global success thanks to its heart-
stopping looks and game-changing performance, the new Bonneville T100 and T120 Black are
perfectly in tune with today’s desire for authenticity, character and capability. The T100 and
T120 Black are the latest additions to the contemporary Bonneville range in India, each one
built to enhance the iconic Bonneville character and to satisfy today’s demand for bikes that
combine timeless style with modern capabilities.
The classically styled motorcycles are inspired by the legendary ’59 Bonneville; T100 and T120
Black each have their own distinctive character, enhanced by the premium finishes and
signature touches of a genuine motorcycle icon. The Bonneville T100 Black is available in two
moody and sophisticated paint schemes – Jet Black & Matt Black while The T120 Black is
available in Jet Black & Matt Graphite.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Shoeb Farooq, Business Head – Triumph Motorcycles India
said: “We are excited to introduce the new members of our Bonneville range in India. The T100
Black and T120 Black have taken forward the heritage of the Bonneville family with classic
design and modern capabilities. The Black Editions are a tribute to the legendary 1959
Bonneville and incorporate the styling and character of the Bonneville DNA. Both the
motorcycles are being offered with Triumph Motorcycles’ custom accessory range and the
riders can choose from more than 150 high-quality accessories to make their Bonneville T100
Black and T120 Black customized to reflect their personality.”
The Bonneville T100 and T120 Black set a new standard of capability in modern classics, with a
wealth of rider-focused technology to deliver advanced control, safety and enhanced rider
confidence – integrated sensitively and without compromise to maintain the authentic
Bonneville style and character.
Along with all the quality enhancements offered on the T100, the T100 Black boasts even more
style and sophistication featuring fully black components including wheel rims, a twin skin
peashooter exhaust in a matt black finish and blacked out engine covers for a truly unique look.
With all the character, detailing and finish of the T120, the new Bonneville T120 Black brings
even more style and attitude – with a sophisticated dark brown seat and all-black detailing,
including: black rims, grab rail, exhaust and engine finish.
The engine profile has been beautifully crafted to incorporate key heritage styling cues from the
legendary 60's Bonneville bikes, sensitively incorporating contemporary components to
maintain that iconic engine silhouette. The finish has also been taken to a new high standard,
black engine covers with machined aluminium detailing on the T120 Black.
Relaxed Handling & Accessibility
Bonneville T100 Black: The new chassis and suspension set-up which significantly enhances
comfort levels for the rider giving a better overall riding experience whether for long-distance
journeys, everyday use, or with a pillion. The T100 Black has cartridge front forks and a longer
rear suspension unit that work together to offer the rider an engaging yet easy-going riding
experience. The combination of low seat height and relaxed riding stance make the T100 Black
more accessible and easier to ride.
Bonneville T120 Black: Triumph Motorcycles developed an all-new chassis and suspension
set-up combining the brand’s signature ride dynamic of neutrality, agility, and stability with a
more comfortable seat and greater suspension travel for an engaging, yet easy-going ride. The
motorcycle also offers heated grips as standard for maximum comfort and real-world
Capable Modern Classics
The iconic styling is matched with modern capabilities including rider focussed technology for
maximum comfort, safety, and practicality.
Bonneville T100 Black:
Ride-by-Wire Delivering enhanced rideability, feel, safety, and control, from a
single throttle body.
ABS The latest generation anti-lock braking system – introducing a new
level of safety and control yet remaining unobtrusive and with
minimal visual impact.
Switchable traction control via the instrument menu helps to
maximize rider safety and comfort.
Torque Assist Clutch Designed to reduce clutch lever effort for the rider, bringing a
lighter touch and feel to the clutch and making it easier to ride, and
LED Rear Light Incorporated into the classic design, it creates a distinctive light
pattern with enhanced power efficiency and excellent visibility.
Engine Immobiliser Thatcham approved immobilizer incorporated into new key with
high-value Triumph badge.
USB Charging Socket Mounted underneath the seat for convenient charging of essential
Stylish Twin Clocks Feature-packed clocks (speedo and rev counter) cleverly
incorporating a digital menu system for fingertip control while
Gear position indicator
Two trip settings
Range to empty
Average and current fuel consumption
Traction control settings
Bonneville T120 Black:
Two rider modes – Road & Rain for maximum control and safety
Torque assist clutch
LED DRLs and rear light
USB charge socket
Stylish twin clocks with heated grips setting and rider mode setting
Custom Accessory Range
Both the motorcycles are built to stand out in the crowd and with Triumph Motorcycles’ custom
accessory range, customers can make them more distinctive and personal.
Custom accessories for T100 Black include heated grips, a center stand and grab rail and cruise
control and stunning range of premium luggage options.
The T120 Black is being offered with a garage full of custom inspired parts including:
Vance & Hines chrome peashooter style slip-on silencers, beautifully stitched seats, chrome
clutch, alternator, and throttle body embellishers and an authentic 4-bar Triumph tank badge.
Customers can now save the customization of their favourite Bonneville on the Triumph India
website and send it directly to the dealer, allowing them to pick their personally customized
motorcycle during delivery. Triumph motorcycles India is currently offering home test ride and
home deliveries of motorcycles in states where the lockdown has eased; opening dealership
with all safety operating procedures in place.
Bonneville T100 Black Bonneville T120 Black
Engine Type Liquid-cooled, 8 valve
SOHC, 270° crank angle
Liquid-cooled, 8 valve, SOHC,
270° crank angle parallel
Capacity 900cc 1200cc
Bore/Stroke 84.6mm x 80mm 97.6mm x 80mm
Compression Ratio 10.55:1 10.0:1
Maximum Power 55 PS / 54 HP (40.5kW) @
80 PS/ 79 Bhp (59 kW) @
Maximum Torque 80Nm @ 3200 rpm 107 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Fuel system Multipoint sequential
electronic fuel injection
electronic fuel injection
Exhaust Black 2 into 2 exhaust system
with twin black silencers
Black 2 into 2 exhaust system
with twin black silencers
Final drive X ring chain X ring chain
Clutch Torque assist. Wet, multi-
Wet, multi-plate assist clutch
Gearbox 5-speed 6-speed
Hello! Hope you all are staying safe and healthy in these unprecedented times.
It was the year 2012, in the middle of the chilling Indian winter, an Austrian Motorcycle manufacturer decided to enter the Indian subcontinent. I could bet my life’s earnings on it, the Austrians never dreamt that the Orange army would create a storm in the nation with the most number of motorcycles in the World. This isn’t an easy task by no means, you were competing with the likes of Bajaj, TVS, Hero motorcycles who have been a part of this lucrative, challenging and the most dynamic automotive market on this Planet since decades.
But, what would it take to set the cash registers ringing for Kraftfahrzeuge Trunkenpolz Mattighofen ?
A bike that the nation wants. This was answered in the form of the KTM Duke 200 and a more powerful 390 cc version of it was introduced later. For the track enthusiasts, KTM fulfilled their wishes in the form of its RC variant.
B. U. T !!
The Indian sub-continent lacked a capable yet affordable adventure tourer since a long time. We have the RE Himalayan which is priced at 2 lakhs and we have the Triumph tiger costing 7 times more, and this orange lad is here to fill this most anticipated gap! The XPulse 200 fi is shipped as an amazingly VFM product. But, is this the best affordable adventure tourer we have been waiting for? Let’s find out.
Look straight into the eyes of the adventure and you would be spellbound by the brilliantly crafted LED headlight with DRLs surrounding it very neatly with the KTM badging. The LED indicators go very well with the sleek and stylish language of this bike. The windshield is adjustable and apart from looking super cool, it does wonders in reducing the wind noise at high speed.
The front wheels are 19 inch unlike the 17 inch of the Duke 390, the suspension travel in the front is increased to 170 mm in the front and 177 mm in the rear, of course to make you much more comfortable when you are bouncing on the rocks. The radiator is curved, apart from this being aesthetically nice, it does a really good job of preventing hot air reaching the riders legs and prevents the accumulation of dust in the engine bay.
Moving to the side of the orange lad, you are greeted by a superb design of the fuel tank that narrows down towards you making it ergonomic for congested manoeuvring in off-road situations. At 14.5 L, this is the biggest fuel tank on any KTM in India. There is a super slim exhaust that looks kind of nice. In case you forget which motorcycle you are riding, the adventure branding is here to remind you. The treatment on the foot pegs is changed to giving it a claw like design and the rubber can be removed to offer better grip which is very critical in offloading. What’s interesting is the gear lever has a spring action to minimise the damage if the bike falls. The engine guard is made of plastic, KTM went overboard and offered the engine guard and saree right from the showroom. The grab rails are definitely one of the best I have seen in recent times. Just like the headlight, the tail lamps are LED too. The only incompetency in the design of this adventure tourer seems to be the massive seat height of 855mm which will disappoint a good number of prospective buyers walking into the showroom.
The wide handle bar makes the 390 adventure a very comfortable motorcycle, however tall riders would prefer a taller hand bar which would make it easier to stand and ride during off-roading. The quality of stacks are topnotch and they are backlit. The centre of attraction seems to be the 5 inch touchscreen infotainment system that displays information like the status of ABS, TC, Trip details etc. However, the best part of it is the ‘my ride app’ that lets you connect your smartphone to the bike and make/receive calls, play music etc. That’s super cool.
Technically, KTM did a heart transplant to the 390 adventure from the duke 390, the engine is borrowed pumping out the same 43 bhp & 37 nm of torque. But the small yet significant changes like a longer swing arm has increased the wheelbase by a massive 73mm making the seats much larger and a lengthier bike. Although, a significant number of other parts like the side panels, windscreen, display, seating, and GPS mount are a close match to the 790, just in a miniature package.
How does this KTM ride?
Turn on the key and you are greeted by the ready to race message. Start the bike and the engine note is a typical KTM. The only major issue I have about the 390 adventure is the absence of wow factor in the lower rpms. Its only during the mid range that the engine comes to full life and just pushes you back, thanks to intertia.
What’s important to note that you can shift the gears without a clutch, thanks to the quick shifter. The shift from first to second is a slight struggle but going forward things are much easier.
Once you hit the sweet spot of 6000 rpm the bike feels extremely lively and as you increase the speed its well balanced and you would fall in love with its riding dynamics, thanks to the adjustable windscreen, the wind noise is fairly controlled. Beyond 9000 rpm is when the party comes to a halt as slight vibrations are felt between the petrol tank and the seat.
The ride quality is phenomenal. The 390 adventure ate Bangalore’s potholes and craters for breakfast. There was not a single moment where I felt the ride quality should have been better.
But, ain’t it supposed to be an off-roader?
A massive ground clearance of 200 mm ensures that the underbelly never kisses the ground during off-roading, no matter what. The ABS and TC can be turned off to help the wheels spin in tricky off-road situations. Having said that, this is not the best off-road bike your money could buy mainly due to the absence of low end grunt which is very important when you aren’t on a smoother tarmac. For your reference, a diesel 4×4 outperforms its petrol counterpart in offloading due to the additional torque available in lower range. The inconsistent power drops by the traction control is not very encouraging, even when you turn it off. We strongly recommend that you lower the tyre pressure when you are off-roading, especially with these tyres. However, an absence of optional spoke wheels and a massive seat heigh dilute the spirits of the rider.
I wouldn’t shy away from calling it Absolutely phenomenal. The 320 mm disc brakes in the front and 230 mm at the rear do a great job in bringing this orange lad weighing 177 kg from 100 kmph to a stand still. Apart from the discs, the ABS does a fantastic job of controlling the bike in severe braking conditions. However, we strongly recommend you to turn-off the ABS while you venture out off-roading as wheel spin becomes all the necessary.
The claw-like foot-peg detaches the rubber optionally:
One of the main reasons why I would spend my three-and-a-half big ones on this Austrian motorcycle maker is due too the brilliant ergonomics on offer barring the seat height. The switches are easily accessible, the foot-pegs are detachable, the handle bar is now wider, the fuel tank is slimmer towards the rider, the coolant is moved backwards, the windshield is adjustable and more importantly the 5-inch TFT is very very easy to use unlike the complex infotainment systems of some of the expensive counterparts.
Kitna Deti hai?
While this universal question might not be your priority when you enter the nearest dealership to book this orange lad, money saved is money earned. The KTM 390 Adv returned a fuel efficiency of 24 kmpl which included riding in city traffic, mild off-roading and cruising on the expensive toll roads.
Should You Buy One?
Should you spend your 3.8 lakhs on a KTM or head to the nearest RE showroom? Honestly, this is an easy decision. If you plan to take your motorcycle off-roading often, the Himalayan is the best bet because of its low end grunt. But, If you want an adventure tourer with top notch quality to cruise all day long happily, then, Orange is the new black. This bike ticks most of the boxes right, in-fact essential and critical boxes. Having said that, some minor fixes in the electronics like the traction control stability, slightly lower seat height and an option of spoke wheels can definitely spike the number of copies sold by at-least a substantial quarter.
Take care and Ride safe.