Kawasaki Ninja 300 price set to see a huge drop due to heavy localisation, expected to be priced closer to the KTM RC 390.
Replacing the Ninja 250, the Ninja 300 first went on sale in India in 2013. Post five years after its launch, Kawasaki has decided to increase the local content in the Ninja 300 and there’s a good reason behind it. Most importantly, because of the increment in the local content of the Ninja 300, the price of the bike is set to see a massive drop. If we were to go by sources, the entry-level fully faired Ninja motorcycle in India is likely to be priced closer to the KTM RC 390.
The Japanese bikemaker has chosen to increase the localisation in the Ninja 300 in India because of the Ninja 400. The latter was recently launched in our market and is sold via the CKD route. While the vehicle will continue to sell via the CKD route, there isn’t much of a gap in prices between the two Kawasaki bikes. The Ninja 300 costs Rs. 3.6 lakhs while the Ninja 400 is priced at Rs. 4.69 lakhs (both prices, ex-showroom, Delhi). For perspective, the Ninja 300’s rivals, the KTM RC 390 and the TVS Apache RR 310 are priced at Rs. 2.36 and 2.23 lakhs (both prices, ex-showroom, Delhi) respectively.
The new price of the Kawasaki Ninja 300 will completely change its positioning in the country and this is sure to create some annoyance to not only the KTM RC 390 and the TVS Apache RR 310 but even to the Yamaha R3, Benelli 302R and the upcoming BMW G310R. The components that are likely to be locally manufactured are the lights, wiring, battery and bodywork. Wheels and tyres are likely to be locally sourced as well but this is yet to be confirmed. The localisation exercise is also said to reduce the costs of the spare parts.
The Kawasaki Ninja 300 uses a 296cc, parallel-twin engine that produces 39 PS of power and 27 Nm of torque. The motor comes paired to a 6-speed gearbox. The localised Ninja 300 is expected to be launched by the festive season this year.
Kawasaki Ninja 300 Price Reduction
– Kawasaki plans to increase the local content in the Ninja 300
– Heavy price reduction expected due to the localisation
– The bike is currently is priced at Rs. 3.6 lakhs (ex-showroom)
– Price of the localised Ninja 300 is likely to be Rs. 2.5 – 2.7 lakhs (ex-showroom)
Source – AutocarIndia.com