Kawasaki is among the most renowned motorcycle brands in the world, and with their upcoming products in the superbike segment, the brand is sure to have an impact on the market, also considering the company’s local production plans and decrease in the total cost of their products. The brand also has plans to expand operations in the South Asian market, with India being on the cards to produce and export models to overseas markets. We shortlist some of the most important models we can expect to see in India soon.
1) Kawasaki ZX-10R SE
Expected Price: ₹20 – 22 lakh
Expected Launch: December 2020
The ZX-10R is one among the most affordable litre-class supersport motorcycles on sale in India, and the brand has managed to accomplish this by assembling the motorcycle locally in India. It even received an updated engine and more features. However, the ZX-10R now comes with an SE variant that boasts of electronic semi-active suspension derived from the brand’s Superbike World Champion race-spec motorcycle. It also gets features that improve its track abilities.
The SE features Showa suspension for the front and rear (a balance free front fork and a BFRC-lite shock). It is also the first model in the line-up to be equipped with Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension: a tech that consists of stroke sensors and adjustment solenoids incorporated in the suspension. It is a technology that works to adapt to road and riding conditions whilst offering the appropriate amount of damping. It is powered by a 998cc, in-line four engine that produces 200bhp and 113.5Nm of torque. It also comes equipped with a KQS bi-directional quick-shifter.
2) Kawasaki Z400
Expected Price: ₹3.9 – 4.4 lakh
Expected Launch: January 2021
Kawasaki had taken the wraps off its naked version of the Ninja 400 – the Z400, and it is bound for an India launch sometime soon. Kawasaki is a motorcycle maker that is well known to offer sport-naked bikes across all the segments. Mechanically, the Z400 is identical to its fully-faired sibling, sharing the same performance figures too. It also comes in some new colours like Metallic Matte Graphite Grey/Metallic Spark Black and sports a green themed frame.
The Z400 is also lighter than the international-spec Ninja 400 and weighs 167kgs. The Z400 has a seat height of 785mm, and styling-wise, it looks identical to the Z650 and Z900. It also features LED lighting and a fully digital instrument cluster. The bike is powered by a 399cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine that produces 44bhp and 38Nm of torque. Paired to the engine is a 6-speed transmission, plus it gets a slipper-clutch as standard too. Up-front, the bikes get telescopic front forks and a monoshock at the rear.
3) Kawasaki Z900 RS Cafe Racer
Expected Price: ₹8.3 – 8.8 lakh
Expected Launch: January 2021
Most of us know the Z900 RS to be a beautiful looking motorcycle, and its cafe racer derivative, the Z900 RS Cafe is equally stunning. The bike features a new pain theme, and sports a mini-fairing, body-coloured wheel stripes and blacked-out wheels. The Z900RS Cafe boasts of a lime-green colour with a white paint stripe. The black contrast fuel tank looks great and also comes in a grey-blue paint theme with a white stripe running along the fairing to the tail section.
The Z900RS Cafe is inspired by the Kawasaki Z1, which harks back to 1972. We love the retro-like styling that includes a flat seat, the curved fuel tank, the twin-pod instrument cluster and stainless steel exhausts. The bike is based on the Kawasaki Z900 street-naked that is powered by a 948cc, liquid-cooled, in-line four-cylinder engine that makes 109bhp and 98.5Nm of torque. This retro bike gets modern features like two riding modes and traction control. Also, grab the latest info on the upcoming bikes, only at autoX.