The Japanese two-wheeler giant Kawasaki has launched the Ninja ZX-6R in the Indian market. The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R will be assembled in India, which has allowed Kawasaki to price the bike attractively at 10.49 lakh, ex-showroom, India. This is an introductory price and Kawasaki will revise it to hike it significantly once the product becomes old in the market.
The Ninja ZX-6R gets the Kawasaki’s latest design, which can also be seen on the Kawasaki Ninja 400 in the Indian market. It is the first sports-class bike in the segment and is powered by a 636cc, inline-four-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine. The engine produces a maximum power of 130 Bhp and 70.8 Nm. It weighs 196 kg, which ensures a thrilling riding experience due to the higher power-to-weight ratio. It gets a six-speed transmission with a slipper clutch. The other bikes that are present in the segment like the Honda CBR 650F and the Kawasaki Ninja ER-6n are sports tourers and do not offer aggressive styling, performance or the riding position.
The bike gets new-age graphics to give it a fresh look in the market. Feature-wise, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R gets full LED headlamp system and semi-digital instrument cluster. In Rs. 10.49 lakhs, the bike also offers Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS), Kawasaki three-stage Traction Control (KTRC), two power modes and ABS. The quick shifter only works during the upshifts and not the downshifts. It gets fully adjustable Showa Big Piston forks at the front and fully adjustable Showa monoshock in the rear. The braking is handled by Nissin Monobloc callipers.
At the time of the launch, Kawasaki will only offer the KRT colour scheme. However, at a later stage, Kawasaki may add more colours to the line-up if the bike becomes popular. The bike can be booked at a price of Rs. 1.5 lakhs and the deliveries are expected to begin in February.
The bike may attract a lot of enthusiasts in India who feel that the litre-class bikes are way too expensive in the Indian market. The Ninja ZX-6R can be a potent track tool and a stepping stone for the riders who want to upgrade to the litre-class track bikes in the future.