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Do You Think A Royal Enfield Interceptor Stands A Chance Against A KTM 390 Duke In Straight-Line Races?

The Duke Is quicker off the line, but the Interceptor has a bigger engine, more power, and has in it to beat the Austrian

The Duke Is quicker off the line, but the Interceptor has a bigger engine, more power, and has in it to beat the Austrian

The KTM 390 Duke and the Royal Enfield Interceptor are two different beasts. In fact, they even cater to a different set of customers. Bullets are generally known for their thumps and attention-seeking nature, but the Interceptor is a different breed. The KTM 390 Duke, on the other hand, is more of a racer that prefers making heads turn with its speed and agility, rather than the slow, processional grandeur. The folks at PowerDrift pit these two hooligans against each other for a fun little drag race. The Duke is fast, but can the Interceptor pull an upset victory here?

How Are They Spec’d?

Do You Think A Royal Enfield Interceptor Stands A Chance Against A KTM 390 Duke In Straight-Line Races?
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The KTM 390 Duke features a 373.3 cc engine that makes 43 horsepower and 37 Nm of torque. It weighs 167 kilos.

The Interceptor, on the other hand, comes with a much larger 648 cc engine that puts out 47 horsepower and 52 Nm of torque.

It weighs 202 kilos, 35 kilos more than the Duke.

Do You Think A Royal Enfield Interceptor Stands A Chance Against A KTM 390 Duke In Straight-Line Races?
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The races were conducted in damp conditions. But, none of the bikes suffered from traction issues. They went up against each other twice, but the sequence – from the start to the end – was pretty much the same. The Duke got the lead early on and kept it till the very end.

Who Won The Races?

Do You Think A Royal Enfield Interceptor Stands A Chance Against A KTM 390 Duke In Straight-Line Races?
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In the first round, the 390 Duke finished the quarter-mile in 15.85 seconds, whereas the Interceptor took 17.06 seconds. The 0-100 kph times were 7.38 seconds for the Duke and 9.40 for the Interceptor.

For the second race, the rides swapped the bikes, but it didn’t make any difference to the result. The Duke finished the run in 15.93 seconds this time, whereas the Interceptor took 16.45 seconds. The Duke touched 100 kph from a standstill in 7.5 seconds and the Interceptor in 8.45 seconds.

Conclusion

Do You Think A Royal Enfield Interceptor Stands A Chance Against A KTM 390 Duke In Straight-Line Races?
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The riders cited issues with the clutch on the Interceptor, which seems plausible since it was a test bike. Had it not been for this, the race would’ve been a lot closer.

If you were to pick one of these rides for your one-bike garage, which one would it be – the Royal Enfield Interceptor or the KTM 390 Duke? Let us know your pick in the comments section, and don’t forget to watch the fantastically edited video by PowerDrift below.

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
Senior Editor, Truck Expert, EV Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
As a full-on enthusiast, Sidd has been active in the automotive world his entire life. He started reading about cars and trucks at the age of 5 and has attended and reported numerous auto shows and race events. Over the years, Sidd has become an expert among his peers, especially in the field of pickup trucks, and finds himself constantly wrapped up the day-to-day news and developments of the truck and sportscar world. In all honesty, Sidd’s love is divided between cars and trucks, music, and acting, but he manages to devote 100-percent of his heart to all three.  Read full bio
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