The next year is going to be a very exciting one for motorcycle enthusiasts in India. Apart from a usual host of bike launches and upgrades, these are the 5 most thrilling new superbikes which will debut in the Indian motorcycle market in the next 12 months or so. We can hardly wait to ride these
The XDiavel is an improved-upon version of Ducati’s famous cruiser – the Diavel. The design hasn’t been radically changed but the XDiavel is still very different from its predecessor; While the Diavel was an all-black, understated affair, the XDiavel is a lot more striking. It’s highlighted Marchesini rims and the sharp contrast of the metal sub-frame with the gloss black body make it a very eye-catching bike. Ducati have used a 1262 cc engine that produces figures of 156 hp and 129 Nm and offers more low-range power readily to make the XDiavel more cruiser-friendly. Also, the power is delivered to the rear wheel by a belt drive instead of a chain. This change was done as Ducati wants to focus on low speed ride-ability of their modern day cruiser. The XDiavel comes with 8 traction settings, 3 riding modes (urban, sport and touring) which vary the power delivered to the rear wheel along with adjustable suspension and footrest positions. The higher-end variant, the XDiavel-S, also features an infotainment centre and bluetooth module which asserts the fact that this Ducati is a cruiser. The price of the Ducati XDiavel is expected to be between 18 and 20 lakh.
MV Agusta F4 RC
Regarded as one of the best track-focused superbikes in the world, the MV Agusta F4 RC is a testament to the Italian passion of speed. Powered by a 998 cc four-cylinder motor that generates 212 bhp and 112 Nm of torque, the F4 RC is an absolute rocket on two wheels. It also weighs in at just 175 kg (dry) and has anti-wheelie, traction control, quickshifter and auto-blipper which keep it almost at par with the best GP bikes. But all this technology comes at a price, the MV Agusta F4 RC will retail at a whopping price of Rs 50 Lakhs, which makes it the most expensive bike in India beating the likes of Kawasaki’s H2 and Ducati’s Panigale 1199.
Triumph Street Triple 765
The latest iteration of the iconic middleweight naked will feature a 765 cc engine which is an update from the earlier 675 cc courtesy of a longer stroke and a slightly wider bore. The good news doesn’t end there; Thanks to a customer survey, Triumph will be launching four models of the Street Triple which include a 110bhp base model with Kayaba suspension, a 115bhp ‘R’ version with adjustable Showa suspension units and Nissin brakes, a 125bhp touring model named ‘RT’ (which will have a half-fairing), and the last one will be the ‘RS’ model that will churn out 125bhp and feature Ohlins suspension and Brembo brakes. Some of the other changes that will be carried out are the addition of 3 standard riding modes and a new TFT screen for the instrumentation console. The top of the line ‘RS’ model might get five riding modes, including one for the racetrack as well. We can expect a price tag around Rs 9 lakhs for the Triumph Street Triple 765.
Triumph Speed Triple
Triumph are on a roll. After launching the upgraded Bonneville line-up and announcing a new Street Triple, the British company has also announced a new Triumph Speed Triple. All the details of this bike aren’t out yet, but it’s expected to feature the same 1050 cc engine albeit with a few tweaks to increase power output. It also features revised headlights with a ram air-intake located right in the middle of the famous bug-eyed lamps. The bike will also come in a performance version with a ‘R’ badge that makes use of power updates and carbon fibre parts. The 2016 Triumph Speed Triple is expected to launch at a price around Rs 12.5 lakhs.
KTM Duke 690
KTM has steadily been increasing its line-up in India and after two models each with 200 cc and 390 cc engines, the next logical step is to release a middleweight and the KTM Duke 690 is one of the best ones there is. The Duke 690 may have a single-cylinder engine but it’s one that puts out 72 bhp of power and 70 Nm of torque. Couple that with the Duke’s feather-light weight of 150 kg and you have a bike that can almost touch the 200 kmph mark. The previous 690 Duke was the most powerful production single to date, but the new model is even stronger. Two key design elements have enabled KTM to reach an even higher level of power and smoothness: the introduction of KTM’s Ride Mode technology along with a revamping of more than 50 percent of the LC4 motor’s mechanical components. The KTM Duke 690 is expected to cost around Rs 6 lakhs when it launches in India.
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