The Z1000 and Z250 will get BS-IV compliance and minor updates.

The Japanese Green Machine were kind of caught unsettled with the BS-IV fiasco and they took a little more time to convert their entire line-up into BS-IV compliant. Especially, when their split with Bajaj and them establishing an independent business-<. But, good news is never too late.

They may not have begun their journey strong, but they do seem like having everything under control. After the Ninja 300 and the ZX10-RR, it’s time for their naked cousins to lunch their BS-IV compliant motorcycles, the Z250.

The Z250 was earlier taken off their website as manufacturers were prohibited by law to sell BS-III vehicles after April 1st, 2017. It was first launched in 2015 and was the smallest displacement bike from Kawasaki into India (after they stopped making the Ninja 250). Although it was quite a stunner for performance, its high price tag didn’t let the sales roar as much as Kawasaki had predicted.

We were speculating that Kawasaki might launch its Z300 and replace it with the 250, but that seems out of question at the moment. Nonetheless, there is still oodles of potential waiting to be unleashed with this bike and Kawasaki has done just the right thing by getting it to the market again and this time, it gets BS-IV compliant engine, new colour schemes and the very needed ABS.

The power mill credentials, however, remain the same. The liquid cooled, 4-stroke, 249 cc parallel-twin unit still manages to produce a healthy 32 bhp top power and a 21 Nm torque. This is intact the same engine that used to power the faired Ninja 250. The mill has a meaty top end power, making the Z250 a rev happy motorcycle. The fact that most of the power is stuffed in the higher revs results in a weak low-end grunt, which may result in consistent working on gear shifts in the lower rev range

Style front, it adorns the cues from its elder Z900 and Z1000 brothers and Kawasaki has maybe added a few new touches. As it is, the Z styling has been more sharp and fewer curves from the headlight and all the way to the tail.

In competition with the KTM Duke 250 and Benelli TNT 25, when launched on the 22nd of this month, it would cost around ₹ 3.2. to ₹ 3.5 lakh, ex-showroom. More than twice as much as the competition because of the CKD route. As mentioned, it will come with exciting new colours and additional touches.

Speaking of the new launch, the Z1000 is also making the scene back to our roads along with the Z250. The eldest of the lineage, the Z1000 will also receive the BS-IV update and minor cosmetic changes to its extrovert and wild design language.

The bike set new standards in terms of style, technology and performance. With the Z1000’s “Sugomi” styling, this update will see added features on the instrument cluster like the shift-up light, upgraded LCD display, LED headlights and wider rear view mirrors amongst others. This makes the bike look very alienated but still continues to be one of the most futuristic looking motorcycles in the world.

The snazzy street fighter shares platforms with the Ninja 1000 which also runs on the same 1043cc 4 stroke, 4 cylinder liquid cooled engine which produces 140 hp and 111 Nm torque via a six-speed manual transmission. The Z1000 engine produces strong, instant thrust capable of embarrassing many hardcore sportbikes. Thanks to its linear power delivery with a punchy mid range and top end grunt, it gives you both streetfighter performance and an excellent long distance touring ability. All of this without missing on the adrenaline rush of a 1000cc powerhouse.

It is also equipped with an assist and slipper clutch, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC) with different riding modes. Top of the line “monobloc” radial-mount front brake callipers offer superb braking power and control that work superbly along with the dual 310mm discs provide excellent feel and progressive braking response. 41mm inverted SFF-BP fork and Horizontal monoshock handle the suspensions for this bike impressively.

Pitted against the might Suzuki GSX-S1000, Yamaha MT-10 and the BMW S1000R, this big league match will get very enticing with the launch of the Z1000 as it is priced much lesser than its competition, thereby making it more accessible and sensible buy. The price of this could land in the ballpark of ₹ 13 lakh and above, ex-showroom.

Source: NDTV

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