Kawasaki is running homologation process for the new Kawasaki Ninja ZX â€“ 6R which clearly means it is about to introduce its fully-faired super-sport bike in India and allegedly it must be assembled in India. We will let you know why, shortly.
Kawasaki, the Japanese bike company first came to India in the 1980s. They sought the help of Bajaj for a long while until 2016 when the ties were broken and Kawasaki took the sales and service on its own shoulders. Kawasaki has a wide range of mid-capacity motorcycles in India. Super-sport bike is long due for an upgrade.
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Kawasaki Ninja ZX â€“ 6R Is Coming To India
The new super-sport bike has given the sports bike enthusiast a reason to be happy since Kawasaki Ninja ZX â€“ 6R is right now under homologation process. Homologation is nothing but the process of evaluation of the bike to suit the Indian roads by ARAI. Only Completely Built Units (CBU) which are imported does not need to take up this test to go on the road in India.
A trusted source got the news first and it made the headlines for automobile lovers. It is long due since we got a proper Japanese 600cc super-sport Bike in India. The segment is mostly occupied by European bikes recently. The Triumph Daytona 675R was the first super-sport model in India which later carried away to the Ducati Panigale 959 and MV Agusta as the best in the segment.
The reason 600cc and 650cc started vanishing and 800cc to 1000cc started to grow in the Indian market is the Indian Government regulation that was put to action which states imported engines below 800cc requires homologation. Homologation is not as easy as it sounds, it is a bit costly and hectic to go through for brands which made them introduce an above 800cc bike instead.
How Much Will The Kawasaki Ninja ZX â€“ 6R Cost In India?
Finally, Kawasaki has risen to the call of 600cc super-sport bike and will give a tough competition to others in the segment. The price is expected to be around the 10lakh which is considerably low for the class. This is allegedly possible because of the CKD route. That is Indian Government offers tax benefits to bikes assembled in locally even if it is manufactured from the originating country. Assembling in India increases Job opportunity and better economy and hence the benefits.
Hence we expect Kawasaki imports in parts and assembles at its local plant in Chakan, Maharashtra. The same strategy was followed for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX â€“ 10R for pricing it at 12.8 lakhs, a good value for money 1000cc bike. Working on the same route for Kawasaki Ninja ZX â€“ 6R, Kawasaki India motors must be able to price the motorcycle for 10 lakhs or even a little less.
Kawasaki Ninja ZX â€“ 6R Specs
We expect the Kawasaki Ninja ZX â€“ 6R to come with a premium kit with adjustable dampers and suspension. Both are from Showa offering a good ride quality and sporty handling. The engine is 636cc inline four-cylinder, a Liquid cooled engine which makes a 120 PS torque and 108 BHP of max power. Bridgestone Battlax S20 tyres come default with the machine, gets Nissin Monobloc front brake callipers and Antilock Braking System. Kawasaki Ninja ZX â€“ 6R comes with an amazing three-stage traction control for torque and two power delivery modes.
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Is the Kawasaki Ninja ZX â€“ 6R Worth The Wait And Price?
Though we havenâ€™t got the Indian version, which might even come with some changes and corners cut as a result of homologation, we are sure of recommending the Kawasaki Ninja ZX â€“ 6R for price lesser or around 10 lakhs range. As of now, there is no word on the release date either. We can expect it by wo19 and hope Kawasaki brings it with a bang.