KTM will make use of the existing 790cc architecture to develop the new 650 or 690cc twin-cylinder engine.
KTM CEO Stefan Pierer has announced that the company is working on a new 650-690cc platform. He also confirmed that the new parallel-twin engine will be manufactured in India at Bajaj Auto’s Chakan plant.
KTM had initially planned to develop a 500cc twin-cylinder engine. However, that project was later scrapped in favour of a 650-690cc platform. It is said that the first bike to be based on the new architecture would be a naked offering. It could be launched in the Indian market by 2026. It is likely to be followed by fully-faired RC and Adventure models.
Pierer revealed that KTM would make use of the existing 790cc architecture to develop the new 650 or 690cc engine. KTM currently builds the 790cc range in China, which can easily be scaled down. Pierer also stated that the made-in-India 650-690cc models will be exported to Nepal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Australia.
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