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KTM RC 390 finally revealed in leaked official shots

The KTM RC 390 finally breaks cover sporting a fresh look and re-designed ergonomics for the Austrian's firm pint-size sportsbike

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After months of spy shots and renderings, the covers have finally been pulled from the latest generation KTM RC 390 sportsbike.

A crucial launch for the Austrian marque, this newest version of KTM’s pint-size sportbike offering will also be offered in 125cc and 250cc guise [pictured in orange], with the former being offered in Europe and the latter aimed at the Asian market.

However, it is the RC 390 that stands at the top of the range and - for now - remains as the flagship for KTM’s sportsbike offerings having abandoned the bigger classes when it discontinued the RC 8.

Despite speculation it would make use of the firm’s new 490cc architecture as used in the Duke, the KTM RC will persevere with the 373.2cc engine as found in the sister Adventure. KTM is yet to release official data but expect something around the current model’s 44bhp, albeit now Euro5 emissions compliant.

Resplendent in an orange and blue livery that mimics the firm’s successful MotoGP effort, KTM has ditched the outgoing model’s dual-headlight set-up in favour of a bolder single unit similar to the Duke, albeit flanked by striking looking sidelights/indicators that stretch up the front-fairing towards the screen.

Based on the imagery, the RC 390 features a newly shaped handlebar for better ergonomics, a larger fuel tank and a larger single-disc brake system. There is also a new TFT colour display dashboard similar to that of the 390 Adventure.

A rival to the Honda CBR500 and Yamaha R3, the KTM RC 390 will likely get its official debut ahead of the Styrian MotoGP this weekend when KTM performs on home soil for the first of two events at the Red Bull Ring.

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