Kawasaki is making molehills out of mountains. Okay, we know it should have been the other way round. But when a bike maker decides to strip its fully faired motorcycle and go for a naked instead, we are bound to reverse the idiom. At the ongoing EICMA 2018 motorcycle show, the Kawasaki Z400 has been unveiled. What’s more, it is headed to India next year. It will also be assembled here as well.
What’s different on the Kawasaki Z400?
For starters, all that lithe fairing surrounding it has been removed. The Kawasaki Z400 looks like the Z250’s bigger brother. It gets liberal doses of the Sugomi design but doesn’t look overly done. Shedding the fairing has also brought in a weight loss with the Kawasaki Z400 weighing 6kg less than the Ninja 400. Mechanically, there is no difference with the Z400 retaining the underpinnings of the faired 400.
This in essence means a 400cc parallel twin engine that should be good for 49PS of power and 38Nm. However, for the Z400, the power has been reduced to 45PS. A slipper clutch helps the 6-speed gearbox to transfer power to the rear wheel. Kawasaki is also providing non-switchable dual channel ABS on the Z400. Performance should be good enough and equally maniac like the 390 Duke.
What will be the pricing of the Kawasaki Z400?
Kawasaki is known to bring its latest global models to the Indian market very soon. That’s not a cause of concern. The disconcerting thing is the price. For example, the locally assembled Ninja 300 is priced just shy of Rs 3 lakh while the naked Z250 is priced above it. The fully faired Kawasaki Ninja 400 is priced at Rs 4.69 lakh. So, the Kawasaki Z400 price in India will be around Rs 3.5 lakh. However, given the recent revisions in its pricing strategy, Kawasaki India may just offer the Z400 for around Rs 3.25 lakh as well. At this price point, it takes on the yet to be launched RE 650 Interceptor.
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