KTM launches the new 2022 RC 390: GP-inspired design, race-derived chassis, and high-end electronics


KTM has launched the new 2022 RC 390, which now boasting Grand Prix-inspired design, a true race-derived chassis, and high-end electronics previously unseen in the small displacement Supersport segment.

Firstly, the most immediately visible update is the Grand Prix-inspired styling, which almost every panel was redesigned, boasting race-inspired lines from the RC16 MotoGP bike, and two new colors.

The redesign was also to optimize aerodynamics due to higher top speeds, thanks in part to a computational fluid dynamics design process, according to the company. The front fairing now has integrated turn signals on the side ends, along with DRL.

An all-new two-part cockpit and windscreen holder makes use of a cast aluminum upper area and a lower composite part that secures the headlight, while a larger fuel tank has been added for improved day-to-day riding, comfort, and fuel range.

2022 ktm rc 390 front right side

According to KTM, the new bodywork is easily removable, with a reduced number of screws being used as well as a redesigned mounting system. This makes swapping out the street-legal bodywork for race-ready panels more practical.

The 2022 KTM RC 390 lost weight, with an all-new wheel design accounts for a 3.4 kg weight saving over the previous generation, while the new ByBre braking system saves another 960 grams. The frame is lighter too, with a 1.5 kg saving.

Going to the suspension, the new bike now comes with adjustable open cartridge WP APEX upside-down forks at the front, and a WP APEX shock absorber at the rear.

2022 ktm rc 390 back right side from above

The 2022 KTM RC 390 is powered by a 373 cm³ EURO5, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder four-stroke engine, with twin overhead camshafts, four valves, and electronic fuel injection, capable of generating up to 32 kW (43 HP) of maximum power and 37 Nm / 3.8 kgfm of torque.

Now talking about electronics, the 2022 KTM RC 390 boasting a selection of rider aids usually only available on bigger motorcycles, namely SUPERMOTO ABS, Lean angle sensitive Cornering ABS and Cornering MTC, and the optional Quickshifter+.

Finally, KTM MY RIDE can now also be added to the 2022 KTM RC 390, thanks to new TFT color display, which allows riders to access important information at a glance. The display also automatically adapts its brightness to ambient light.

The 2022 KTM RC 390 will be available in dealers March 2022. For more information, visit

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