The 2018 Jawa 350 Special is a classic café racer, which is based on the 350 OHC.
Say hello to the new Jawa 350 Special that has just been revealed to the world. As you can see in the picture, the 350 Special is classic café racer that pays tribute to the brand’s glorious past. The Jawa 350 Special joins the brand’s 350 OHC and 660 Vintage in the European market.
In terms of design, the 350 Special has a signature retro touch, featuring a large fairing, classic red-and-white colour scheme, spoke wheels with chunky tyres and lot of chrome and silver elements on its body. The twin upswept exhaust system and a flat seat along with a stubby tail section give it a proper café racer look – a bit like the Triumph Thruxton R.
Powering the 350 Special is the same engine that’s found on the Jawa 350 OHC. The engine is an air-cooled 397cc parallel-twin motor that churns out 27.4bhp at 6,500rpm and 30.6Nm of torque at 5,000rpm. The engine comes mated to a five-speed gearbox. Top speed is same as the 350 OHC at 130km/h, regardless of the fact that it weighs 7 kilograms more (167kg).
Will it be coming to India? It’s very unlikely. However, given the fact the Mahindra owns 60 per cent stake in Classic Legends – a company that owns BSA, which has a license agreement with Jawa Moto for India and other Asian markets – we’re likely to see the Jawa nameplate make a comeback in India soon. The first Jawa motorcycle that is expected to be sold in India is reportedly going to feature a classic retro styling, clubbed with modern underpinnings and, perhaps, platform sharing with Mahindra Mojo. But, it won't be here before 2019.