New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday chaired his twenty-seventh interaction through PRAGATI - the ICT-based, multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation. The 26th PRAGATI meetings so far have seen a cumulative review of projects with [...]
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Yet another picture has emerged of the KTM 390 Adventure being tested and, this time, it looks very close to being production-ready. The test mule features an LED headlamp, indicators, mirrors and even a rear number plate, hinting at its ready-for-production status.
This prototype is rolling on wire-spoke wheels that appear to measure 19 inches at the front and 17 inches at the rear, in contrast to KTM’s larger Adventure models that feature a 21-/18-inch combo. The early prototype, first spied in 2016, also appeared to be running a 21-inch front wheel. The wheels are wrapped in moderately knobby rubber that seems to be quite off-road oriented.
Another element that’s noticeably different from the 390 Duke is the exhaust system. There appears to be a downtube from the cylinder head that feeds into a collector box underneath the swingarm pivot, which then flows into a large side-mounted upswept end-canister.
The headlight looks similar to the unit seen on the 390 Duke, but the surrounding shrouding appears to be different. Above the headlight is a clear screen that may be adjustable. Flanking the headlight on either side are clear panels that help in giving the bike a slimmer-looking profile while providing some level of wind protection. We have seen KTM use this technique to good effect on the RC range as well.
There also appears to be a larger radiator shroud, and while the fuel tank has a different-looking shape it doesn’t seem dramatically larger than the Duke’s. Nevertheless, a slight increase in fuel capacity is possible given the long-distance-oriented role of the motorcycle. The exposed trellis subframe seen on the Duke has been covered up to some extent with bodywork on the Adventure.
The seats on the Adventure appear to be roomy and the step up to the pillion seat isn’t very exaggerated. In the image, we can see a relaxed and upright riding position despite, what appears to be, a fairly tall test rider. The footpegs don’t seem to be as high up and rear-set as they are on the Duke, and the handlebar seems taller as well.
Another interesting element is the spindle offset on the front fork, fairly evident in the image. This means that the front axle is placed slightly ahead of the fork centreline, which has the effect of decreasing trail. Since the fitment of a larger front wheel will increase the trail, the two should cancel each other out to some extent and the overall effect shouldn’t be too pronounced.
Although the bike in the image doesn’t have any form of crash protection or even an engine bash plate, it is safe to expect these features on the production motorcycle, at least as options. As we reported earlier, it is quite possible that the 390 Adventure will come in two variants - a road-oriented version with alloy wheels, and a more off-road focused variant with wire-spoke wheels. With that in mind, it’s still not a certainty that the 390 Adventure will come with spoke wheels as standard when first launched and that will only become apparent in time.
The mirrors and hand guards appear to be shared with the Duke and so is, of course, the engine. The engine covers seem identical to those seen on the 390 Duke and RC 390 as well.
Another element expected to be shared with the 390 Duke is the colour TFT screen, and we expect the electronics to be at least as advanced as the Duke, if not more. The Duke gets Bluetooth connectivity that allows you to manage phone calls and music from the screen. ABS at both ends is a certainty and there will likely be a Supermoto (or in this case, Off-road) mode as well, which will engage ABS only at the front wheel.
Excitement for the 390 Adventure is reaching fever pitch, with Bajaj recently confirming that the bike will be launched in 2019. We expect to see a production-ready bike at Intermot (October 2018) or EICMA (November 2018).
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Action in the mid-size luxury SUV segment is hotting up with three new entrants in the last few months, and the July 2018 issue features a mega comparo involving the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Volvo XC60, Mercedes-Benz GLC and the Land Rover Discovery Sport. There’s also an exclusive drive of Kia’s hot sedan, the Stinger GT and our first taste of Jaguar’s first-ever electric model, the I-Pace. Also part of this issue are reviews of the new Audi A6, Hyundai i20 CVT, Ford EcoSport S and a comparo involving the new Honda Amaze, Maruti Suzuki Dzire and Volkswagen Ameo. Here are the highlights:
Mid-size diesel luxury SUV shootout
Not your full-size 4x4 giants, but not the entry-level crossovers either; the mid-size luxury SUV segment is where the real action is unfolding. But which one is best - the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Volvo XC60, Mercedes-Benz GLC or the Land Rover Discovery Sport?
Amaze vs Dzire vs Ameo
With their unique gearbox types, the second-gen Honda Amaze, Maruti Suzuki Dzire and Volkswagen Ameo are three distinct takes on the diesel-automatic compact sedan. We tell you which one gets the formula right.
Kia Stinger GT
After a drive in the sleek and swift Stinger GT, we’re convinced that it would make for a great halo model for Kia in India.
Just when we got used to the idea of a Jaguar SUV, in comes an all-electric one in the form of the new I-Pace. We’ve sampled what is easily the most revolutionary Jaguar ever.
New Audi A6
The all-new Audi A6 looks like a scaled-down A8, and feels like one, too. And it’s not solely about comfort this time around - the new A6 is more dynamic and engaging to drive as well.
Porsche 911 GT2 RS
It’s only the most powerful 911 ever built and only the fastest road car ever, and we got a chance to drive it as part of Porsche’s 70th anniversary celebrations.
Mustang meets its forebears
The sixth-gen Mustang harks back to the golden era of the late ‘60s. We drive down to Indore to meet it and its ancestors.
Is this the breakthrough electric scooter we’ve all been waiting for? We investigate Ather Energy’s first product over a ride.
Hero Xtreme 200R
Has Hero nailed its sporting ambitions with the Xtreme 200R? We ride it at the Buddh International Circuit to find out.
Yezdi in Udvada
In this month’s edition of Classic Take, we help a charming, old Yezdi 250 CL II retrace its roots in Udvada, the holy land of Parsis, in India.
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Exactly a week after the launch of the Multistrada 1260 and 1260 S, Ducati has gone ahead and launched the top-spec 1260 Pikes Peak in India. The Italian manufacturer has priced this variant at Rs 21.42 lakh (ex-showroom, India) and made it available in India, in limited numbers. The difference in pricing between the standard 1260 and the Pikes Peak model is Rs 5.43 lakh in India and Rs 4.29 lakh ($6,300) in the United States. So far, Ducati has not elaborated on exactly how many bikes will be available in India. However, deliveries for the 1260 and 1260 S have begun; deliveries for the Pikes Peak will begin in mid-July.
The Multistrada Pikes Peak gets the same 1,262cc, liquid-cooled, L-Twin motor as its other two variants. This motor produces 158hp at 9,500rpm – a 6hp increment over the 2017 Multistrada. Its torque, too, has gone up by 1.5Nm, bringing the total up to 129.5Nm, delivered at 7,500rpm. The new engine features what Ducati calls Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT). When combined with Desmo valve actuation, it results in good low-end torque. This tech also helps make the engine Euro-IV-compliant.
Additional features over the standard model includes an Ohlins suspension at both ends, a Termignoni exhaust system, a bi-directional quickshifter, cornering ABS and various carbon-fibre bits (like the windscreen, front mud-guard and air intake covers). Ducati says that the Pikes Peak edition also benefits from different chassis dimensions, which include new front-end geometry and a longer swingarm. However, according to the specification sheet, the bike has the same wheelbase, rake and trail as the standard 1260.
Along with a race-inspired colour scheme, the Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak comes equipped with newly forged aluminium wheels which are even lighter than those of the Multistrada 1260 S. The Pikes Peak also sports all of the features seen on the 1260 S, like back-lit handlebar controls, automatic turn signal cancellation, four riding modes (Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro), Ducati Wheelie Control, cruise control and hands-free connectivity. In addition to the above features, the colour TFT display for the instrument cluster, full-LED headlight and cornering lights are exclusive to the 1260 S and the Pikes Peak.
The Pikes Peak is also the lightest of the three models with a kerb weight of 229kg. Meanwhile, the 1260 and 1260 S variants weigh 232kg and 235kg, respectively. In terms of competition, the motorcycle takes on BMW’s S 1000 XR Pro, priced at Rs 19.90 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
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