Images of what appears to be KTM’s 2022 RC 390 are circulating online after the Austrian brand reportedly jumped the gun on publishing to an overseas consumer website.

While the bike has yet to be officially revealed, these low-resolution pictures do give an indication as to what we can expect from KTM’s updated LAMS sportsbike.

New bodywork sees elements inspired by KTM’s MotoGP racebikes, with a more angular front end with carbon inserts, a sharper tail section and sporty orange and blue graphics.

This update also sees a single LED headlight unit in favour of the dual lamp setup of the current bike, while ergonomics have been tweaked via new clip-on handlebars and revised subframe.

Previous reports that the new 2022 KTM RC 390 adopts a more advanced electronics suite are bolstered by vision of a large TFT dash in the leaked images.

It is unclear if any changes have been made to the engine, with the current bike utilising a 373cc single-cylinder engine that generates 32kW and 35Nm.

While we can only speculate on pricing, the new KTM RC 390 is expected to continue to compete with the likes of the Kawasaki Ninja 400 ($8096 rideaway) and the Yamaha YZF-R3 ($8149 rideaway).

The KTM RC 390 is the brand’s only road-going superports model that is sold in Australia, with the recently revealed RC 8C a track-only prospect, and reportedly sold out.

The current 2021 KTM RC 390.

Motivating the RC 8C is a retuned version of the parallel twin found in KTM’s 890 Duke R, though it is matched with a hand-built, lightweight racing chassis and a plethora of high-end components.

In this application, the 889cc parallel twin is tuned to produce 95kW and 101Nm, and it is paired with a bespoke Akrapovic racing exhaust and dedicated air box.

While there have been many rumours, there has been no official indication that KTM is building a full size supersports model.

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