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Kawasaki India To Launch Superbike On 4th September


2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX 10R Front

It’s official. Kawasaki will launch a superbike in India on the 4th of September 2013. The company hasn’t mentioned which motorcycle is being launched but a formal invite has been sent. There are only two bikes which Kawasaki could launch next month, either the Ninja ZX-10R or the Ninja ZX-14R. Kawasaki will launch both bikes in India one by one and we expect the launch next week to be of the ZX-10R. Both these bikes will be brought in via the CBU route and hence the pricing will be upwards of Rs. 15 lakhs.

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is powered by a 998cc, in-line four engine which belts out an impressive 194 BHP of power and 112 Nm of torque. 0-100 km/hr takes a mere 2.8 seconds while top speed is limited to 300 km/hr. The Ninja ZX-10R competes with the BMW S1000RR, Suzuki GSX-1000R, Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade and Yamaha R1. The launch of this high performance Ninja comes at a time when the Rupee is seeing its weakest run, thus it’s a brave move by the Japanese firm to bring its litre-class offering to our shores.

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R will undercut its rivals on pricing but that doesn’t matter much because it also betters them on the performance front. The motorcycle comes with ABS and traction control system as standard. It is often referred to as the best litre class Japanese motorcycle. Kawasaki currently sells the Ninja 300 and Ninja 650 in the Indian market, both of them being locally assembled via CKD kits brought in from Thailand. Let the fast times roll as the higher capacity Ninja is sure to do a lot of positive word for Kawasaki. The Ninja ZX-10R will share showroom space with the KTM RC8, which is only on display and not on sale.

2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX 10R Instrument

2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX 10R Top

2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX 10R

2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX 10R Side

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  • saurabh August 30, 2013, 8:00 pm

    3rd or 4th??

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  • Ben August 30, 2013, 9:13 pm

    ninja is the best stock litre class bike among the japs , but it’s the most unrestricted stock bike after bmw s1000rr. r1 is the most restricted bike followed by gixxer and fire blade . the race events like motogp and ama pro racing are proofs of it.

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  • Ben August 30, 2013, 9:22 pm

    s1000rr, rc8, 1190rs, zx10r have class leading power figures along with ducatis and augustas , but none of them are translated into real race track. always they are dominated yamaha and honda in motogp, yamaha and suzuki in ama pro racing.. from this we can come to a conclusion that they are just hype.

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  • Sumit August 30, 2013, 10:08 pm

    ZX-10.. bout time ! But why not ZX-636… would’ve been better imo.
    Seriously, Motorbeam can you confirm something please, I once heard that 600cc supersport class is actually banned in India. This is why we don’t see any R6, ZX-6 being officially released in India. The move is intended to protect the domestic market or something. Is this information true ?

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    • Faisal Khan August 30, 2013, 10:12 pm

      Sumit, no it’s not true. Supersports aren’t banned in India but they are of little use on our roads. The are pure track machines and not very forgiving.

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      • Sumit August 31, 2013, 12:30 am

        I see, this to me was told by an American on youtube claiming to be a professor in Economics. He said 600cc was infact banned here few years back, may be it’s false info ? Who knows!. What we know is Triumph Daytona675 is launching here in near future as CKU, which is to be called a 600cc class bike isn’t it.
        About 600cc being unforgiving track machines, Yes you are right. But the irony is that a liter class bike like ZX-10 would be even less usable and more unforgiving than it’s lighter 636/600cc counterpart. like Suzuki released Hayabusa years back for us but not a Gixxer 600 which would be far less intimidating. Good going Suzuki!

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